Major garda search in operation for body of missing person

Major garda search in operation for body of missing person

Gardai have launched a major search for the body of a missing person in West Kildare this evening.

Officers from Clondalkin, West Dublin began digging in the area this morning for the remains of a missing person.

A senior source explained that gardai are looking for the victim of a suspected murder.

However, the source was unable to confirm the identity of the person.

Search teams, acting on intelligence, are expected to spend a number of days combing the area.

A spokesman for the garda press office told "We can confirm that searches are ongoing from this morning in Co Kildare.

"But for operational reasons we cannot comment further."

The dig is not connected to Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB)-led raids in South Dublin earlier today.

Gardai are still trying to trace the whereabouts of missing Wicklow man Barry Corcoran.

The dad-of-one was last seen on Cremona Road in Ballyfermot, on the night of Monday, July 6.

Family members raised the alarm after the 39-year-old disappeared, leaving his phone and passport at home.

Gardai have previously investigated whether Mr Corcoran, from Wicklow town, was murdered by a west Dublin crime gang over a drugs debt.