Wednesday 17 January 2018

'Remains thrown out of a vehicle'

Superintendent Pat Ward speaking to a reporter near Glenmacnass waterfall
Superintendent Pat Ward speaking to a reporter near Glenmacnass waterfall
A hearse near the site of the first discovery at Military Road near Enniskerry
The Garda Water Unit at the waterfall
The search under way at the Glenmacnass waterfall

Mary Fogarty

A fourth and fifth lot of human remains were found yesterday (Tuesday) in the Wicklow mountains as gardai and the defence forces continue to search for body parts.

The operation began on Saturday night when walkers discovered the torso of a white man in his mid-to-late 20s to the side of Military Road, Enniskerry.

After an appeal for information, a tip led gardai to Glenmacnass Waterfall, closer to Laragh, and Lough Brea Lower where further discoveries were made. Another discovery was made three kilometres north of Glenmacnass.

Superintendent Pat Ward of Bray Garda Station said that the search area was expanded to a radius of 30 kilometres. This may expand further depending on what happens over the next day or so.

They believe that the body parts were thrown from a moving vehicle travelling from Glencree to Glenmacnass.

Gardai have yet to establish the man's identity or cause of death. They believe he died violently at some time in the previous 10 days.

Supt Ward said that they do not know what is behind the death at this stage. 'It could be anything from personal grudge to criminal activity,' he said.

Gardai, the army and the civil defence have all been involved in the extensive search which has included divers, boats, foot patrol and a cadaver dog.

Supt Ward said that they are still missing 'significant parts' of the deceased man, parts, he said, which would be important for identification.

He said that they have been checking a number of missing persons, however there is no match with the database as of yet. Samples of DNA will also be taken from the remains.

The hope, according to Supt Ward, is that someone will come forward in the belief that this may be their family member or loved one.

The scenes of the discoveries are being preserved for Garda forensic examinations.

The original discovery was made by day-trippers at approximately 7.45 p.m. on Saturday night near the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. They immediately contacted gardaí. Supt Ward said that their car had been broken into and they were searching the undergrowth for their belongings when they came across the torso.

A local doctor attended the scene and confirmed that the remains were those of a human.

Deputy State pathologist Michael Curtis attended the scene. The remains were removed by Murphy's funeral directors the following morning and brought to the Mater Hospital where a post-mortem examination was carried out.

The deceased man does not correspond to the identity of any person reported missing. Gardai are urging anyone concerned about their loved ones to make contact.

They have ruled out any possibility that this could have been convicted rapist James Nolan, whose body parts have been found in several locations in Ireland since his disappearance in 2011.

Supt Ward said that the search is expected to continue for at least the next number of days.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for any person who may have seen anything suspicious in the area or who may have information in relation to this investigation to contact Bray Garda Station at 01 6665300.

Bray People

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