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Daughter told murdered Ken now an 'angel with Holy God'

A MURDERED man's family have told his young daughter that her father is now an angel in heaven.

Gardai are carrying out a murder probe after skeletal remains found at the Viewing Point on Military Road, Rathfarnham, on Sunday were identified as those of Ken Fetherston.

The 26-year-old Tallaght man was reported missing on September 22, and it has now emerged that weeks before Mr Fetherston's body was found his family decided to tell his daughter, Nicole (3), that her "daddy has got a new job as an angel with Holy God".

Mr Fetherston was last seen at Landy's Industrial Estate in Knocklyon, and gardai believe he may have been killed when he sought the return of money he was owed.

Detectives investigating the killing are working on a definite line of inquiry.

Ken's heartbroken dad, Brian, said he and his wife, Grainne, want to see the "scumbags" who killed their son and dumped his body jailed for life.

Brian said the perpetrators "need to be taken off the street and never seen again".

Grieving Brian revealed his son was owed a "substantial amount of money" which he had loaned to certain people.

"He was trying to get it back for a long time and these people were making no effort to pay him back," he said.

The family waited anxiously beside the scene of the garda dig on Military Road on Monday along with the relatives of missing Tallaght man Paul Byrne (21).

Brian admitted that while the family is "numb", it was a relief "in one way that our son has been found".

Mr Fetherston was not known to gardai as having an involvement in crime. His family said he was a "very trusting, hardworking person".

On the day his remains were found, Brian was searching woods in Gorey, Co Wexford.

His son's red Honda Civic had been found parked in a lay-by on the N11 at Gorey four days after his disappearance.

Ken's blood was found in the boot of the car, while a crutch he had been using after a foot injury was missing.

Ken was in constant contact with his family and his disappearance was noticed very quickly by his family.

Gardai are satisfied they know how Ken was murdered, following a post-mortem.

However, they have withheld the information since Monday night for operational reasons.

Officers suspect that he was killed on the day he vanished.