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Gardaí liaising with Europol to identify partial human remains

January 22nd, 2019 5:31 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Rio da Bouza (Pic:Niall Duffy)

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GARDAÍ are liaising with Europol to help identify the partial human remains of what is believed to be a man that was picked up in  fishing nets by the crew of a French registered vessel on Saturday.

The crew aboard Rio Da Bouza discovered what was believed to be human remains in their fishing nets while trawling 180 nautical miles off Castletownbere. They informed gardaí of the discovery of the remains when they docked in Castletownbere on Sunday morning.

Speaking to The Southern Star, Supt Declan O’Sullivan of Bantry Garda Station confirmed that a post mortem on the human remains was carried out earlier today by Asst State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster in CUH at the bequest of the county coroner.

‘During the course of the post mortem identification of what is believed to be the deceased was found. It is more than likely a foreign national who may have been missing for a number of years,’ said Supt O’Sullivan.

‘We are liaising with Europol to confirm the identity of the deceased and DNA comparisons will also be carried out for confirmation of the deceased.’

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