SHE was just 18 when she was abducted and murdered after falling foul of a well-known gangland criminal.
Yesterday, gardai unearthed the remains of teenager Marioara Rostas, her body buried in a bag on a lonely forested hillside deep in the Wicklow mountains.
A post mortem examination, which was under way last night, was expected to confirm that she was shot dead and a murder investigation is expected to be launched today.
Marioara's body has yet to be formally identified.
The teenager went missing on January 6, 2008. She was abducted in the centre of Dublin, murdered shortly afterwards and her body then dumped in a heavily forested area of the mountains.
Following extensive inquiries into her disappearance since then, gardai decided to switch their focus earlier this month to the Kippure estate, off the road between Manor Kilbride and the Sally Gap in west Wicklow.
The breakthrough came around 11am yesterday on the 13th day of the search.
Officers on the ground immediately contacted members of the force's technical bureau as well as the deputy state pathologist, Dr Khalid Jabbar.
Marioara, of Corballis West, Donabate, in north county Dublin, was reported missing by her parents after her brother spotted her getting into a car at Lombard Street East, near Pearse Street, in Dublin city centre.
Gardai believe she had been befriended by a Dublin criminal, who offered her food and shelter and then abducted her.
Marioara and her family had been destitute and living in a derelict house in Donabate.
It is believed that none of her family is now living in Ireland.
Inquiries indicated that she was taken to a house rented from the Health Service Executive in the south inner city and then held there against her will.
Officers understand she was assaulted there and then shot dead.
The house was set on fire in an effort to conceal any forensic evidence.
It was badly damaged in the blaze but gardai carried out a detailed examination of the scene following two anonymous telephone calls.
Several searches have been carried out since then as part of the garda inquiries, but up to now all have proved fruitless.
The garda underwater unit also searched a stretch of the Grand Canal, near Donore Avenue, to find the suspected murder weapon.
The prime suspect is well known to gardai and has been linked to drugs and firearms dealing in the south inner city.
He is currently serving time in prison in connection with other offences.
Some of his close associates have also been connected to other gangland crimes.
Gardai have already questioned a number of suspects, including a man held on suspicion of illegal possession of a firearm and two women alleged to have withheld information about a crime.
The site being examined by gardai is some distance from the roadway and in a sloping forested area.
The remains were removed yesterday to Tallaght Hospital where the post-mortem examination was being carried out by Dr Jabbar last night.