Skeleton in garden not missing teenager
Gardaí have confirmed that remains found in the garden of a home in Co Louth are historic and not those of the missing teenager Ciara Breen.
Construction workers contacted gardaí shortly before 5pm on Wednesday after making the grim find while working on a site at Mary Street North in Dundalk. The remains were unearthed at the rear of a house.
Gardaí attended the scene and contacted a coroner. Officers also sought the services of a forensic anthropologist and preserved the scene. The forensic anthropologist confirmed that the remains were human.
Gardaí were investigating if the remains could be those of Ciara (17), who disappeared from her home in Bachelors Walk, less than 200 metres away, on February 13, 1997.
State Pathologist Marie Cassidy attended the scene at around 10.30am and examined the remains for an hour. Supt Gerry Curley confirmed that they were "not modern".
"The remains have been examined by a forensic anthropologist and the State Pathologist, Dr Cassidy, who are satisfied that the remains are not modern, they are historical.
"We have contacted the national museum and will be directed by the museum as to the manner in which the excavation will take place," he told the Irish Independent.
A relative of Ciara Breen said gardaí had been quick to inform them of the historical nature of the remains.
"We had our hopes up that it was Ciara, but it's not, so now we're just processing the information," she said.