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Gardai discover second body part in the Wicklow Mountains

Gardai at the scene on Military Road
Gardai at the scene on Military Road

Gardaí are investigating the discovery of a second body part in the Wicklow Mountains.

The human remains were discovered after the wider area was cordoned off by gardaí investigating the discovery of a human torso on Saturday evening.

The torso was discovered by a group of people at Military Road, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

Gardaí cordoned off the road from Enniskerry to Glencree, the road south from Glencree to Sally Gap, and the road further south from Sally Gap to Laragh, in order to carry out searches.

They discovered the second body part approximately 15km from the first, but cannot yet confirm if both discoveries are linked.

Detectives are trying to establish the identity of the remains but have been unable to determine how long the remains had been left there, or even the sex of the victim.

The torso was discovered in bushes on the road by a group of people returning from a picnic at around 7.45pm on Saturday.

Superintendent Pat Ward, of Bray garda station, said officers were satisfied the victim died a violent death.

"A local doctor attended the scene. He confirmed, in fact, that the remains were that of a human being," he said.

"At this point, the Technical Bureau has completed its examination of the scene.

"The body was removed for a short period to the Mater Hospital for X-ray and post-mortem... at the city morgue in Whitehall."

Supt Ward said gardaí wouldn't have any further information about the victim until the post-mortem was completed.

Officers have begun a trawl of missing persons files. However, it is understood they believe the victim may have been murdered recently.

"In fact, we don't know the gender of the person at this particular moment in time," Supt Ward said.

"We believe that the person who died came to their death by sinister means.

"It's similar to a murder investigation, the type of investigation we are undertaking is comparable to a murder investigation. We're putting as much resources and effort into it."

Supt Ward said the investigation would be led by the results from the post-mortem.

Parish priest Fr Larry Behan said the find was a tragedy.

"We don't know who it is. We weren't asked to remember anybody in weekend prayers and, as far as I know, no one is missing locally.

"Of course, it's a terrible tragedy," he told the Irish Independent.

The search location is in an isolated area of the Wicklow Mountains. Throughout the day, a steady stream of motorists and cyclists approached Military Road, at Glencree, only to be turned away by a lone garda signalling the road closure.

From the roadblock, there was no visible sign of the widespread searching that was taking place.

At the quiet café in the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, a few hundreds metres away, most people had no idea about the grim find.

One woman said she had heard the news on the radio in the morning.

"They found something up there, remains or something.

"I don't know anything about it, I just saw that the road was closed," she said.

Supt Ward said gardaí were interested in talking to anyone who used the road, including workers for Coillte, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, or ESB Networks, and might have seen suspicious activity in recent weeks.

Officers can be contacted at Bray garda station on 01-666 5300 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111.