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Bobby Ryan

Bobby Ryan

Bobby Ryan

GARDAI have issued a fresh appeal for help in tracking down the cold-blooded killer of Bobby Ryan, who disappeared two years ago this weekend.

The body of the 52-year-old victim was found in a disused slurry tank at the rear of his partner Mary Lowry's home in Fawnagown, Co Tipperary, last month.

Mr Ryan left the house shortly after 6am on June 3, 2011, when he went missing.

But despite numerous searches of the surrounding area, his decomposed remains were not discovered in the tank until April 30 by farmer Pat Quirke, who had leased the land from Ms Lowry.

Gardai had not searched the tank previously as part of their inquiries into his disappearance because they did not know it existed. The tank had been covered by undergrowth and a concrete slab.

It is believed the tank had not been used since the death of Ms Lowry's husband, Martin, in 2007.

Last night, gardai said they were looking for assistance from anybody who saw Mr Ryan and his silver Citroen van, registration number 07 TS 4692, between June 2 and June 3, 2011.

IDENTIFY

Officers are also trying to identify a man walking on the Mountain Road in the direction of Ballyglass on the morning of June 3 as well as the owner of a maroon-coloured saloon car, which had been parked at the Kilshane car park that morning. That car was spotted at another location later.

They have appealed to anyone with information to contact Tipperary gardai at 062 51212 or phone the confidential line, 1800 666111.

Gardai said they had interviewed a large number of people since the find.

They have also been re-examining footage taken from a CCTV system, which Ms Lowry had secretly installed at her home following a number of security issues.

Officers think a break-in at the house was carried out by a jealous stalker, who is central to the murder investigation.

They are hoping that the fresh appeal may help to jog people's memories.

Mr Ryan, a separated father of two grown-up children, was best known in the area for his weekend work as a DJ, where he used the stage name "Mr Moonlight".

Irish Independent