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Missing Irishman may have been run over by tourist boat

THE FAMILY of an Irishman missing in Holland believe his body may have been mangled by a tourist boat in a canal.

A sister of missing man, Paul Nolan Miralles (36), originally from Clonsilla, Co Dublin, last night said his family had formally identified a shredded jacket, T-shirt and bag retrieved by Amsterdam police from the city's canal.

Anne Ravanona said police also recovered a body part -- believed to be part of a person's shoulder -- from the canal which was being DNA analysed.

"It will take a couple of days to be 100pc certain," Ms Ravanona, a Paris-based management training expert, said.

A Dutch police spokeswoman last night confirmed they were awaiting DNA tests on a body part.

"We haven't found him yet. We stopped searching for today," she said. "We have been looking for him in the canal for the last four days. We are now waiting for new information."

She said a boat had bumped into a body in the water on Tuesday that they believed may have been that of Mr Nolan Miralles. She said the body had gone back underwater and they had been searching the waters ever since.

Mr Nolan Miralles worked in the city's Hard Rock Cafe where he was a well-known member of staff.

He was last seen by a friend at around 4am on the morning of April 13, as he prepared to cycle to his home around 15 minutes away in the city.

His sister, Ms Ravanona, said the family and Dutch police were keeping an open mind on what may have happened to him. It is not known whether he may have come to be in the canal after a possible attack or could have fallen in.

His Spanish-born mother Rosario, from Dublin; and his German girlfriend Elsa Wirrig have joined the many family members and friends searching for the popular cafe worker.

His sister said Dutch police were going to continue searching the canal waters. The family had organised a major publicity blitz circulating hundreds of leaflets in the city.

Irish Independent