Saturday 20 January 2018

Gardai identify human remains found in Meath field

Gardai search woodland at the Mayne in Clonee, west Dublin. Photo: PA
Gardai search woodland at the Mayne in Clonee, west Dublin. Photo: PA

GARDAI have identified the remains of a man that were discovered in a field in Meath today and yesterday.

The man has been identified as a 37-year-old from Blanchardstown in Dublin, although gardai are not yet releasing his name.

A post mortem on the remains is taking place at Connolly Hospital in Dublin this evening, and it is likely to determine whether a murder investigation will be launched.

Following the discovery of an arm yesterday, further human remains were found this afternoon in a small stream that marks the boundary between Meath and Dubliln - and about 100m from the nearest roadway.

Although decomposed, garda forensic experts had been able to collect finger prints and DNA samples from the arm found yesterday.

And gardai confirmed this evening that they have identified the man, although they will not be releasing the name until the man's family has been informed.

Officers had been at the scene since first light with cadaver dogs attempting to locate the rest of the body.

A major investigation was launched after human body parts were found at The Mayen, Clonee, Co Meath, yesterday afternoon.

The remains, comprising an arm and a shoulder, were discovered by a passerby at around 4pm in a wooded area near a stream.

It was removed to the morgue at Navan Hospital yesterday evening.

The wife of a local farmer who owns large tracts of land next to where the remains were found, said she was "horrified" the discovery was made so close to where they live.

"I'm shocked, but not necessarily surprised they found the remains round here," Ros Ward told the Irish Independent last night.

"We're so close to Dublin and literally at the edge of Meath. There are terrific access roads coming in and out and I've often thought it was surprising – what with all these horrible murders and drug addicts being bumped off – that we haven't come across a body around here before.

"It's quiet and perfect for that sort of thing.

"The poor family. It's one thing if someone's body is found, but if they've been dismembered it's a whole different thing," she added.


- Tom Brady  and Paul Williams

Irish Independent

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