Tuesday 12 December 2017

Gardai target farmland in search for missing man

Luke Byrne

GARDAI believe the body of a missing father of one has been dumped in an area of fields or farmland near where the car used in his abduction was found.

Ciaran Noonan (29) has not been seen since he was beaten and forced into the back of a VW Golf at Russell Avenue, East Wall, Dublin, two weeks ago.

On Monday gardai began searching lands near the Killegland apartment complex in Ashbourne, Co Meath, where the car which contained Mr Noonan's blood was located. Yesterday they decided to widen the search to an area stretching from Dunboyne to Trim.

If no breakthrough is made, further searches are planned with parts of north Co Dublin to be brought within the border of the search area. Officers at Store Street garda station became increasingly concerned about the safety of Mr Noonan and now believe that it is very unlikely he will be found alive.

It is now also more than likely that the case will be upgraded to a murder investigation.

Gardai have asked anybody who crossed land within the search area over the last two weeks, and witnessed something suspicious, to come forward.

Mr Noonan was last seen wearing a light blue hoodie, grey tracksuit bottoms and Converse runners.

Gardai are trying to determine if Mr Noonan was taken by a group of men he owed money to due to a drug addiction that plagued his life.

A gang of four men chased Mr Noonan into a garden when he tried to escape at around 4.45pm on October 20.

They attacked Mr Noonan with an iron bar, dragged him from the garden and pushed him into the car.

The VW Golf was abandoned by the gang in the underground car park of the Killegland apartment complex about three hours later, at 8pm.

Anybody with information should contact gardai at Store Street on 01 6668000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any station.

Irish Independent

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