Garda appeal over dismembered body

Published Tuesday, 12 August 2014
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Gardaí have issued an appeal to help identify the body of a man found dismembered at a recycling plant in Dublin last month.

Garda appeal over dismembered body
Gardaí have appealed for information to help identify the body. (© Pacemaker)

A worker at Thornton's recycling plant at Killeen Road found what he suspected to be a human lower leg and foot at the plant on 31 July.

Gardaí, along with a registered medical practitioner, went to the plant that night and determined that the body part was human.

The area was immediately sealed off and declared a crime scene. On the morning of 1 August a second body part, the upper part of a left leg, was discovered on the site.

An extensive systematic search of up to 1,000 tonnes of domestic and industrial waste on the site was then carried out by the Divisional Search Team.

A post mortem established that the victim has been dismembered and through DNA analysis the victim has been identified as being male.

Further DNA analysis is being undertaken by the Forensics Laboratory, Garda Headquarters to determine race.

The cause of death is undetermined at this time but Gardaí believe the victim may have died four or five days prior to the discovery of the remains.

A number of other body parts have been recovered as part of the search but Gardaí are not disclosing details to protect the integrity of the investigation.

"We have determined that this male was aged between 25 and 45 yrs. He was between 5'8" and 6' in height," a Garda spokesperson said.

"There is evidence that this man had undergone neurosurgical treatment in the past. Neurosurgical screws were present on either side of the skull.

"There is evidence that this male underwent bilateral craniotomies (surgery arising from serious head trauma, such as a car accident or a serious assault).

"It is possible that the patient may have suffered neurological problems in the aftermath of these surgeries, such as seizure or epilepsy."

They have appealled to anyone concerned about a male relative or friend whom they have not heard from since the end of July to contact Ballyfermot Garda Station.

They also want to hear from anyone that has any information that may assist in identifying the victim, in particular, to Neurological Consultants, Doctors, and Carers who may have treated and cared for this man.

© UTV News
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