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No formal identification of Marioara until next week

MURDERED Romanian teenager Marioara Rostas may not be formally identified until next week.

The 18-year-old girl's remains, found on Monday in the Wicklow mountains, are expected to be identified through the use of DNA evidence.

An initial post mortem examination of the remains has established that she was shot dead. But further tests are to be carried out by Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Khalid Jabbar, before the examination is complete.

A garda liaison officer has been in contact with the victim's family in Romania and is keeping them updated on developments.

Gardai have now completed their forensic examination of the scene where the body was found in a bag at the Kippure estate in west Wicklow.

Officers hope that the forensics may yield vital clues to the identity of her killers.

Marioara is believed to have been abducted, assaulted and then shot dead in a Dublin inner city house in January 2008.

Gardai will launch an official murder investigation as soon as the remains have been officially identified.

Irish Independent