Tuesday 21 August 2018

'Kind, polite and gentle' - gardai appeal for information on Cameron's iPhone after body of college student found in field

SHOCK: Dunleer has been shaken by the discovery of the body of Cameron Reilly (18) early yesterday morning
SHOCK: Dunleer has been shaken by the discovery of the body of Cameron Reilly (18) early yesterday morning
SCENE: Gardai and forensic officers at scene in Dunleer. Picture: Tom Conachy

Kyle Ewald and Jerome Reilly

THE first-year college student who is believed to have been murdered over the weekend has been remembered as "kind, polite and gentle".

The body of Cameron Reilly (18) was found in a field just outside the town of Dunleer in Louth on Saturday morning.

His mother, Tracy Glass, has thanked the local community for its support on the Dunleer Parish Facebook page.

“Thank you to each and every one of you - our hearts are broken in a million pieces," she wrote. "Xxx my beautiful son love you to the moon and back xxx."

SCENE: Gardai and forensic officers at scene in Dunleer. Picture: Tom Conachy
SCENE: Gardai and forensic officers at scene in Dunleer. Picture: Tom Conachy

A post mortem examination carried out at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda by Dr Linda Mulligan, Deputy State Pathologist, confirmed he died "in violent circumstances," said gardai last night.

It is believed the body had injuries to the neck.

Speaking on RTE News, Dunleer Parish priest Fr Michael Murtagh said he saw Cameron Reilly nearly every day and he was always surrounded by friends: "I would’ve seen him almost daily out playing with his friends.

"He is the kind of young man who would greet you, smile at you, just a delightful kid to meet and a delightful kid to watch grow up".

The body of Mr Reilly, who was well known in the locality, was found on agricultural land off the Ardee Road, some distance from the main road and was discovered by a man out walking his dog.

Cameron’s maternal grandparents live in the village and he spent a lot of time there. He was last seen alive some hours before the grim discovery.

The scene is not far from the large Glen Dimplex facility.

Gardai and emergency services attended the scene at around 8.45am, but Mr Reilly was pronounced dead a short time later.

Garda Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan said officers had awaited the findings of the post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death.

He said they are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the death, which has shocked the local community.

Gardai are trying to establish the last movements of the deceased, who is understood to have been out socialising on Friday night.

A garda forensic team began working in a cordoned-off area of the field between a number of housing estates and several factories.

Gardai have already spoken to several people from the nearby housing estates.

The field where the body was discovered is often used as a shortcut by workers to access the industrial estate.

A garda statement said: "Gardai in Dunleer are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body of a man in his early 20s on land off the Ardee Road, Dunleer, Co Louth this morning.

"Gardai and emergency services attended the scene at approximately 8.45am yesterday morning. The man was pronounced dead a short time later," it added.

"The body of the man was removed later to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda."

Gardai have set up an incident room in Drogheda garda station.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Drogheda garda station on 041 9874200 or the garda confidential line 1800 666 111.

Gardai said they are "appealing to anyone who was in the vicinity of Shamrock Hill, Dunleer, between 4pm on Friday and 8.30am on Saturday morning.

They are also appealing to taxi drivers, bus drivers or anyone with dashcam footage recorded in the Dunleer area to make it available to them.

Speaking at Drogheda Garda Station Inspector John O’Flaherty said – "We are particularly appealing for assistance from the public to locate Cameron’s phone, an Apple iPhone 8X (64GB) with a green hard back cover, space grey in colour. 

"We would ask home and business owners in Dunleer to check their property including wheelie bins and waste skips. We would also ask anyone offered a phone for sale as described to contact us."

No arrests had been made by last night.

The surrounding area of Dunleer has been dogged by tragedy in recent years with the murder of two gardai in separate incidents.

In January 2013, Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was gunned down outside the Lordship Credit Union when a gang tried to stage a robbery.

He was shot dead in the car park when he went to investigate a car that had been driven across the exit.

In another incident in 2015, Gda Tony Golden was shot five times in a hail of bullets by gunman Adrian Crevan Mackin after the officer went to a house in Omeath while investigating a domestic violence case.

Sunday Independent

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