Published Sunday, 03 November 2013
Gardai search woodland at the Mayne in Clonee, west Dublin (© PA)
The victim has been named as Christopher Gaffney, from Blanchardstown near Dublin.
His partial remains were found in Clonee, Co Meath, during searches on Friday and Saturday.
It is understood the 37-year-old was known to police and his remains were identified by fingerprints on the Garda database.
Investigators said he suffered a gruesome death before his body was chopped up and dumped.
In a statement, Gardaí said the incident is being treated as a murder and asked anyone who was in contact with Mr Gaffney in recent months to get in touch.
They said: "An Garda Síochána are appealing to any person/persons who may have spoken with or who had contact with Christopher in the past two months to contact the Gardaí.
"We are also appealing to any person/persons who may have witnessed any suspicious or unusual activity involving people or vehicles over the past number of days or weeks, in the Kilbride/The Mayne area, close to the Porterstown Road, Clonee, County Meath, to come forward with any information."
A major search operation was launched on Friday evening after a human arm was discovered close to a stream at The Mayne.
The area was sealed off for technical examinations and the remains were removed to the morgue at Our Ladies Hospital, Navan, for full forensic tests.
On Saturday morning the search resumed which specialist teams, including the Garda Water Unit and the Garda Dog Unit, involved. Further remains were located that afternoon.
It is understood police continued their searches on Sunday in the hope of finding further body parts, as they work to establish the circumstances surrounding what happened.
A statement added: "Gardaí in Ashbourne investigating the murder of Christopher Gaffney are appealing for information.
"An incident room has been established at Ashbourne Garda Station to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the discovery of this body.
"People with information are requested to contact 01-8010600."
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