Gardai searching for teen’s torso in Drogheda found remains after item recovered number of weeks ago
Gardai searching for teen’s torso in Drogheda found remains after item recovered several weeks ago
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GARDAI searching for the torso of a 17-year-old who was brutally killed last year has recovered partial skeletal remains.
Cops have been searching an area close to Rathmullen Park in Drogheda since yesterday morning.
The Irish Sun can reveal the search of the area was launched after an item was recovered by gardai several weeks ago.
Cops are probing if the item was dug up from another location and placed at the search site as it was covered in mud.
The partial remains recovered yesterday will now be tested for a DNA match.
A source said: “There was no sign of this item when the area was first searched by gardai following the teenager’s killing over a year ago.
“It looks as if the item had been elsewhere and then has been dug up at some stage and hidden again.”
The gardai have confirmed the search is still ongoing and the area remains sealed off.
A Garda spokesman said: “This afternoon, Thursday 11th March 2021, Gardaí have discovered partial skeletal remains.
“The Garda Technical Bureau, are at the scene as part of the ongoing operation.
“The search area remains sealed off and the searches are ongoing.
“A Garda Siochana has no further comment at this time.”
Up to 30 cops, who were acting on intelligence, have been searching the large site at the back of an estate in Drogheda.
The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was killed before he was dismembered in the barbaric killing which shocked the nation.
It has been reported the teen was killed and chopped up at a house in Drogheda.
Parts of the youngster’s remains including his limbs were recovered by Gardai after they were found in a bag in Coolock on January 13, 2020.
His head and hands were found in a burnt-out car near Croke Park in Dublin two days later.
Gardai have nabbed eight people in total about the grisly killing.
Sources say more arrests are expected over the coming weeks.
A Drogheda-based crime figure was also arrested and questioned in prison while serving time on a separate matter but was released back to his cell without charge.