UPDATE: Human torso found in Wicklow not part of rapist's missing body

James Nolan
James Nolan

Gardai do not believe the remains of a human torso discovered in a scenic Co Wicklow location are those of murdered rapist James Nolan.

An investigation was launched after the body part was discovered in bushes by a group of people returning from a picnic at approximately 7.45pm yesterday.
Gardaí have sealed off the area and are now searching the surrounding countryside.

The investigation is not yet being treated as a murder inquiry until more information is gathered on the cause of death.

The office of the State Pathologist and the local Coroner have been notified.

A garda source said the remains are not believed to belong to Nolan who was murdered in 2011. Gardaí have located parts of Mr Nolan’s remains at several locations around the country.

On Friday operational searches of a Monaghan lake by the Garda Water Unit located a leg bone which officers believe belonged to Nolan.

His torso was found in a Dublin park in April and his arm was found washed up on Dollymount Strand in 2011.

Investigating gardaí have appealed for any person who may have seen anything suspicious in the area or who may have information in relation to this investigation to contact Bray Garda Station on 01-666 5300, the Garda Confidential Line  1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.