Gardai say it will take ‘a period of time’ to formally identify the skeletal remains found in a deep ravine behind the Rathmullen Park housing estate in Co Louth

The family of a murdered Irish teen face an anxious wait to find out if human remains found in Drogheda belong to the 17-year-old.
The grim find of the skeletal remains – that officers are confident belong to the teenage boy who was brutally killed and dismembered in January last year – were discovered in a deep ravine behind the Rathmullen Park housing estate in Drogheda, Co Louth.
However, the remains have not yet been officially identified as those of the teen.
According to a statement issued to our sister title The Star, gardai have confirmed DNA analysis of the remains has to take place – and this could take some time.
It stated: The identity of the human remains are not known at this time. This will require DNA analysis which will take a period of time.
Gardai began searching the wasteland earlier this month following a crucial tip-off from a man who came forward.
Gardai were told to search around the specific area after the tip-off and the following day, the remains were located in a shallow grave.
More than 40 gardai, including members of the Garda Technical Bureau, were involved in the massive search.
Although the remains have not yet been formally identified as those of the butchered teen, gardai are confident they have found his remaining body parts.
Gardai pictured searching an area known locally as ‘The Banks’ near a house in Rathmullen Park, Drogheda
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Limbs found in a bag in Coolock, north Dublin, shortly after the teen was reported missing by family members in January 2020 were later confirmed to be those of the murdered boy.
His head, hands and feet were later found in a burning stolen car near Croke Park in Dublin two days later.
The victim cannot be named due to a recent Court of Appeal judgement which prevents the media from identifying a deceased child victim of crime.
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