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Monday 23 October 2017

Paul's family awaiting DNA results

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

THE heartbroken family of Dubliner Paul Nolan Miralles remained in Amsterdam last night, awaiting the results of a DNA test on body parts believed to be those of the missing man.

Mr Miralles (36), from Clonsilla, is presumed to have drowned in a canal in his adopted city. He was last seen by a friend at around 4am on April 13 as he prepared to cycle home.

It is believed that the cafe worker's body was later mangled by a tourist boat on a canal.

His brother Jaime spotted a body in the canal on Tuesday but it could not be retrieved in time to be identified before it was struck by the passing boat.

The family has also positively identified a shredded jacket, T-shirt and bag belonging to Mr Miralles that was retrieved by Dutch police last week.

Jaime Nolan Miralles revealed that he was 99pc certain that the body he spotted in the Singel canal, near the spot where Paul disappeared, was that of his brother.

But by the time police could be summoned, the boat had already gone by and the body had become caught up in the propeller.

Police divers and dredgers scoured the canal on Wednesday but did not find any traces of the missing man.

However a body part, which is believed to be a shoulder, was eventually found.

It was located near the spot where the shredded clothes identified by the family were retrieved.

Jaime Nolan Miralles; his sister Anne Ravanona who lives in Paris; the men's Dublin-based mother Rosario Miralles and Paul's German girlfriend Else Wirrig have all been taking part in the search for him since April 14.

Paul had lived in Amsterdam for about 10 years and was working as a waiter at the city's Hard Rock Cafe, where he was well known.

Irish Independent

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