Gardai are expected to launch a murder investigation later today after a post- mortem examination on the body of a young man found partly submerged in a ditch in west Dublin yesterday.
The identity of the man will not be positively established until detailed tests have been carried out on the body.
But, officers think the partly decomposed remains could be that of a young man named Adil Essalhi who has been missing for the past week.
Gardai received intelligence indicating that Mr Essalhi, who has Pakistani and Libyan parents but was born here, was beaten up by a group of men in a house.
Officers fear that he was then stabbed to death and his body dumped in a ditch alongside GAA playing fields off Bellgree Avenue, in the Tyrellstown area of west Dublin.
The discovery of the remains was made during a planned search of the area yesterday afternoon after members of the divisional search team combed the area. The search had been under way for several days.
They discovered the body in water in the ditch but it had not been concealed.
Gardai have spoken to relatives of Mr Essalhi, who is in his late 20s, and told them they had found a body but were not yet in a position to identify it.
The body remained at the scene overnight and the State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy, and forensic experts from the Garda Technical Bureau in the Phoenix Park are due to arrive there this morning.
A post-mortem examination is not likely until this afternoon at the earliest. This is expected to confirm that the man had been stabbed.
In the meantime, a full technical examination of the scene will be carried out.
Gardai said Mr Essalhi had lived at a number of addresses in the past few years including Clondalkin in west Dublin and in the city centre. They made contact with family members after learning of the reports suggesting he had been murdered.
Last night gardai set up an investigation headquarters at Blanchardstown station.
They appealed for anyone, who might have spotted unusual or suspicious activity in the area around Bellgree Avenue, or in the nearby playing fields, over the past seven days, to contact the station at (01) 6667000, or on the Garda Confidential phone line at (1800) 666111.