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Horrific murder Renewed appeal over brutal murder of Mayo man Edward Fitzmaurice who was 'left to die'

"He was tied up, gagged and left to die over a period of five days"

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Eddie Fitzmaurice

Eddie Fitzmaurice

Eddie Fitzmaurice

Gardaí have re-launched an appeal for information in connection with the brutal murder of an elderly man (80s) who was found dead in his Co Mayo home in 1998.

Gardaí at Claremorris are renewing their appeal for information in relation to the murder of Edward (Eddie) Fitzmaurice, Bellaghy, Charlestown.

“At 6:45pm on Tuesday 5th May 1998, Eddie’s body was found in a bedroom of his home. It was established that sometime between 8:20pm on Friday 1st of May 1998 and Saturday morning May 2, 1998, Eddie was assaulted in his home following a burglary. He was tied up, gagged and left to die over a period of five days,” Gardaí said in a statement.

“The Garda investigation into the murder of Eddie Fitzmaurice is being coordinated by members of An Garda Síochána from Claremorris Community Engagement and Mayo Crime Functional Areas.

“The murder investigation has remained ongoing for the past 24 years. During this period of time it has been reviewed on an ongoing basis.”

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Mr Fitzmaurice's shop

Mr Fitzmaurice's shop

Mr Fitzmaurice's shop

Eddie Fitzmaurice was 83 years old, he lived alone and he ran his own drapery shop for many years. Gardaí say he was a very popular member of the community who went about his business in a “quiet and gentle manner”.

Investigating officers believe that with the passage of time and a change in circumstances people who have information may now be in a position to come forward.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information however insignificant they feel it is to come forward and allow the investigation team to assess it.

The family of Eddie Fitzmaurice are elderly and Gardaí have urged people with information to come forward and “bring the Fitzmaurice family closure”.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Gardaí at Claremorris at 094 9372080 or email mayo.crime@garda.ie., the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or Crimestoppers 1 800 250 025.

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