Thursday 22 February 2018

Gardai confident they have identified badly decomposed Phibsboro remains

44 Royal Canal Bank, Phibsboro. A google earth pic from 2009
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

GARDAI are now confident they have identified the badly decomposed remains that may have lain in a derelict house for up to four years.

DNA tests are underway to fully confirm the identity of the man who was discovered at a property at Royal Canal Bank Way, in Phibsboro, Dublin, shortly after midday on Wednesday.

Gardai told how they made “significant progress” in the investigation, a day after they released an image of a wristwatch, and gave a detailed description of the clothing the man was wearing.

Forensic officers believe the body may have lain there unnoticed since 2009. Foul play was ruled out in the death.

It is understood the Irish man may have been sleeping rough, and sought shelter in the building. His identity will be confirmed later this week after DNA testing is completed.

Initially, gardai were unable to tell the gender of the remains due to the advanced level of decomposition.

Detectives had described the man as of thin build and relatively small in height, measuring in at between 5ft and 5ft6in. He was wearing size six boots, dark-coloured combat style pants and a green striped jumper.

Gardai had also issued a picture of a Pulsar watch found on the remains to try and jog the memory of anyone who may have known him.

Irish Independent

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