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Gardai confirm results of DNA tests on body parts found in canal

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Kenneth O'Brien
Kenneth O'Brien

Gardai have confirmed that human remains found on Sunday are those of Kenneth O'Brien.

The DNA tests on those body parts match those of the torso of Kenneth O'Brien found in the a suitcase in the Grand Canal on Saturday January 16.

In a statement issued this evening, Gardai said: "DNA analysis on human remains, located on Sunday 24th January 2015, has established that they are those of Kenneth O’Brien whose torso was discovered at Ardclough on 16th January.

"On Sunday 24th January 2016, Gardaí recovered potential evidential items that may be linked to the investigation of the murder of Kenneth O'Brien. Further items were discovered at Sallins, County Kildare by the Garda Water Unit."

It was reported widely today that the bags contained a head and severed limbs.

It was also reported that a part of a heavy industrial cutting tool has also been discovered by divers from the Garda Water unit.

Gardai also made another appeal for information.

"Gardaí again asked people returning to their property or premises to check to see if there was anything unusual. Was a room or equipment disturbed or their premises in anyway different than when they left. Did you as an employee or employer notice anything different in your premises?

"Gardaí continue to seek witnesses and wish to speak to anyone who was in or around the Grand Canal near Ardclough on Friday 15th and early Saturday 16th January 2016 to contact them. Investigating Gardaí are also keen to speak to anyone who may have observed, seen or had any contact with Kenneth since the early hours of Friday morning when he left Lealand Road, Clondalkin or can assist in tracing his movements."

Speaking at Leixlip Garda Station today, Superintendent Gerry Wall appealed "for witnesses or anyone with information, particularly those who may have utilised the 5 kilometre walk along the Grand Canal at Sallins, County Kildare, encompassing the old Odlums mill, on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th January 2016 or on any date thereafter, to contact them at Leixlip Garda Station, 01 666 7800, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station."

The family and friends of Kenneth O’Brien wish to thank the public for the messages of support that they continue to receive.

Speaking at Leixlip Garda Station today, Superintendent Gerry Wall appealed "for witnesses or anyone with information, particularly those who may have utilised the 5 kilometre walk along the Grand Canal at Sallins, County Kildare, encompassing the old Odlums mill, on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th January 2016 or on any date thereafter, to contact them at Leixlip Garda Station, 01 666 7800, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station."