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Gardai appeal for help to identify human remains found in Salthill over a decade ago, believed to be that of busker 'Dave'

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Tonight’s Crimecall programme has sought to identify human remains found in Salthill over a decade ago, believed to be that of a busker called “Dave”.

The case dates back to April 17 2002, when a local property developer was clearing the back yards of two bungalows at Upper Salthill, in Galway, and he came across a human skull.

He called the Gardaí immediately and they discovered skeletal remains rolled up in a sleeping bag and tied with blue nylon rope.

The bungalow had been used as a squat during the previous number of years, the back yard used for drinking parties.

Gardaí believe the remains to be that of a busker known as ‘Dave’. However they are not sure if this was his real name.

Gardaí are appealing for information in the hope of discovering the dead man's identity and giving peace to a family missing a loved one.

Dave is believed to have been a well-know face on Galway’s Shop Street, and he always had his pet dog by his side.

Dave played the guitar and tin whistle, and he has been described as a quiet man.

Dave always carried a small notebook with him which had addresses and numbers, but this was never found – nor was Dave’s dog, guitar or whistle.

Gardai believe that his body was buried in the garden of the Salthill house in early 1999.

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