Wednesday 17 January 2018

Gardai say body parts victim died weeks ago

Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Human limbs discovered in a waste recycling plant could have come from a person who died a number of weeks ago, gardai believe.

The remains, belonging to a man, found in the Thorntons site on Killeen Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, show a level of decomposition and deterioration.

It has led investigators to believe that the person may have died in the past number of weeks.

The hot weather experienced across the country will have increased the rate of decay and gardai trying to identify the human remains have widened their time-frame of possible death.

"This person could have been dead for a number of weeks, it's just very hard to tell but there is a degree of decomposition so it is not thought they died very recently," one source said.

While no new finds of body parts were reported by last night, the exhaustive search by gardai of tonnes of rubbish in a very challenging environment is set to continue this week until investigators are sure that no more remains are present at the Thorntons site.

The first body part, a lower leg, was discovered by a shocked worker sorting through rubbish last Thursday night.

Gardai were immediately notified and a thigh and part of a pelvis were later recovered during searches.

Sources have said that although no cause of death had been established, the discovery of the dismembered parts suggested there is the likelihood of foul play.

No clothing was found in the rubbish, leading gardai to think that the possibility of a homeless person who was sleeping in a bin getting tipped into a bin lorry by accident is now less likely.

While gardai would not say they had begun a murder investigation, all the resources of a murder inquiry have been utilised in the strange and gruesome case.

It is understood the services of an anthropologist as well as specially trained garda dogs have been brought in to help try to find more remains.

Irish Independent

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