Remains found last weekend formally identified as Elaine O’Hara
*The 37-year-old went missing in August of last year *Gardai have confirmed they are treating her death as 'suspicious'
THE female remains found in the Dublin Mountains last Friday have been formally identified as those of Elaine O’Hara who went missing in August 2012.
Forensic scientists made the positive identifaction this afternoon using dental records, which were compared to a piece of jaw bone recovered at Killakee Wood.
Ms O’Hara, who was 37 years old, was last seen alive leaving Belarmine Plaza in Stepaside, south Dublin on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.
The single woman was subsequently sighted close to a railway footbridge at Shanganagh Park in Shankill at around 6.15 pm the same evening.
Her car, a green Fiat Punto with an O5 registration, was found around 3pm two days later – Friday August 24 – at Shanganagh Cemetery where her mother had been buried a few months earlier.
She was described as being 5 foot 4 inches in height, of stocky build and with brown hair. When last seen, she was wearing jeans, runners and a blue jacket or jumper.
Scientists will continue the process of confirming a match between a DNA sample taken from the remains and a sample being held on the missing persons’ database.
The investigation into the circumstances of Ms O’Hara’s disappearance and death will now be set up at Blackrock garda station.
Officers are anxious to establish the cause of death and how the her body got to the spot where the remains were found – eight miles from where she was last seen.
Investigations are continuing, but gardai have indicated that they are treating the death as "suspicious".
By Paul Williams