Gardai identify remains of dismembered body
GARDAI in Co Meath have identified the remains of a body found in a field in Clonee, Co Meath.
The body is that of 37-year-old Christopher Gaffney from the Blanchardstown area of Dublin.
The identification of the remains came shortly after gardai investigating Friday's discovery of a human arm in Meath reported that they had found more human remains in a nearby stream yesterday.
The remains, which were were found by specialist garda searchers not long before darkness fell, were submerged in water, around 100 metres from the roadside.
The search of the wooded area in Clonee was prompted by the discovery of a human arm on Friday afternoon. The limb appeared to have been severed at the shoulder and was badly decomposed when it was found by a passer-by.
The arm was sent for finger-print analysis on Friday night. Detectives also made use of DNA testing.
Garda sources had speculated that the remains could be that of someone who was dismembered and whose body was dumped. They also suggested the limb could have been dragged from the body's resting place by foxes or dogs.
"But it would appear they were dismembered and their body parts dumped in the forest or trees," said the source.
Gardai in Ashbourne have appealed for anyone with information to contact their confidential phone line on 1800-666-111.