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Monday 26 August 2019

Probe after skull and bones found at recycling plant

Grim discovery: The waste plant in Bray where a skull was found. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Grim discovery: The waste plant in Bray where a skull was found. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

A Garda investigation is under way after a skull and other skeletal remains were discovered at a waste recycling plant.

The bones are believed to have been found by a member of staff who then alerted gardaí.

The find was made at the Greenstar recycling plant in Fassaroe, Bray, Co Wicklow, yesterday morning.

Just over three years ago, the body of a baby girl was discovered at the same recycling plant, but despite a nationwide appeal, her parents were never identified.

The skull and other bones that were discovered yesterday have since been removed for examination.

Tests will be carried out on the remains to determine if they are that of a human," a source said.

"These may be historical remains, or possibly even more recent.

They could even be false bones, but this will have to be determined pending examination of the bones.

"Gardaí are keeping an open mind at this stage and are awaiting confirmation to determine which way the investigation goes," the source added.

Last night, gardaí remained at the facility where the grim discovery was made.

The investigation is being led by local officers based at Bray garda station.

The site is located just off the N11 in Bray and recyclable waste from across the country is processed at the site.

On May 4, 2016, the remains of a baby girl were found at the recycling centre.

Investigating gardaí named the infant Alannah and issued a number of unsuccessful public appeals in an effort to make contact with her parents.

Irish Independent

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