Divers search water near Carton House in body in suitcase murder

Garda divers at the scene near Carton House this afternoon
Garda divers at the scene near Carton House this afternoon
Garda divers searching the canal this afternoon
Garda divers searching the canal this afternoon

Gardai looking for evidence in the Kenneth O'Brien murder investigation have this afternoon searched water near the luxury hotel and golf complex Carton House.

Pictures from the scene show Garda Water Unit divers searching for further evidence in the murder of Mr O’Brien at a site that is almost 10 miles from where his dismembered torso was discovered in a suitcase in the Grand Canal on Saturday.

Garda divers were seen taking an item from the water and taking it with them at the conclusion of the search, which has just finished after a search that lasted about 90 minutes.

Widespread searches are ongoing to try to identify the scene where the father-of-one was killed.

Dozens of gardai intensively searched farmhouses and land yesterday near where Mr O'Brien's body was found, but the scene of his murder has still not been identified.

Earlier today Gardai denied reports that surfaced yesterday afternoon that a suspect had been arrested in the case.

They are appealing for anyone, "even courting couples", who may have been at the canal late on Friday night or early on Saturday morning when it is believed that Mr O'Brien's body was dumped.

Yesterday afternoon a number of Garda Water Unit divers searched lakes along the canal, while plain clothes units searched the building a few hundred metres away from where the victim was found.

Gardai will also launch a reconstruction of events at the Ardclough stretch of the canal this evening and tomorrow and intend to stop cars and walkers to find out if they had been in that area last weekend.

Gardai are also aware that other body parts could have been buried near the canal.

Detectives are understood to have searched a rented property and outhouses. One of the farm houses in question contains a vast amount of motorbikes and scrap metal.

Meanwhile, locals expressed their shock at the garda search.

One man said that it was "worrying" to think that the events that led to Mr O'Brien's death may have unfolded next to his property.

"It's truly awful, we're not being told much but hopefully it isn't the case that something as gruesome as this occurred here," the resident said.

"What happened to that poor man is absolutely shocking."

Yesterday gardai confirmed that they were investigating more than 200 lines of enquiry.

Gardai did not enter the grounds of Carton House and there is no suggestion that the premises is involved in the investigation.