News Irish News

Saturday 18 November 2017

Skeletal remains: No link to Operation Trace

Gardai pictured at the scene where Human Skeletal Remains were found in Wooded lands off THe Killakee Road
Gardai pictured at the scene where Human Skeletal Remains were found in Wooded lands off THe Killakee Road
Annie McCarrick

Ken Foy and Conor Feehan

NO EVIDENCE of foul play has been found yet in relation to the female skeletal remains found in the Dublin mountains on Friday night.

Forensic experts have ruled out the possibility that the body could belong to one of the women whose disappearances were investigated as part of Operation Trace.

Sources confirmed that gardai are satisfied that the grim find is not linked to missing American Annie McCarrick or local woman Eva Brennan.

Investigators also ruled out the idea that the remains could be those of one of the women who vanished in the 1990s including Ciara Breen, Deirdre Jacob, Fiona Pender, Jo Jo Dullard and Fiona Sinnott.

Initial tests indicate the body, which was found at Killakee Forest near Rathfarnham on Friday, may have been there for less than two years. It is believed the woman is from Dublin.

“There are no immediate signs of foul play but it is impossible to say for definite at this stage,” a source said.

A woman walking her dog on private forest land just 100 metres from the Killakee Road stumbled across the remains.

Several body parts are still missing, including half the woman’s pelvis and her skull, apart from her lower jaw bone.

It is also believed that the missing woman may have been overweight. Items of clothing were also found which include material from a tracksuit or pair of leggings, a trainer and a pink sock. A much wider search of the area was carried out over the weekend and is expected to continue for several days.

It could take days, and possibly weeks, to identify the woman if DNA analysis is used.

“This is going to be a slow process. The search is being hampered by a lack of garda overtime,” said one source.

After an initial inspection, the remains were taken to the city morgue in Marino for further analysis.

Fifteen women have gone missing over the last five years in the Dublin area.

The family of missing Terenure woman Eva Brennan (40), who vanished 20 years ago, told the Herald that gardai have notified them that the bones found are not hers.

Online Editors

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News