GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING the murder of 17-year-old Keane Mulready-Woods have warned the public not to share images and videos linked to the case.
In a statement released today by An Garda Síochána, a spokesperson confirmed they had received reports of images and videos circulating on social messaging apps which are purported to show "disrespectful images of the deceased".
While gardaí stressed that the images are currently unverified, they warned that they are distresssing to Keane's family, and glorify or "provide false support to the perpetrators of this brutal crime".
RTÉ reports that the images which are being circulated claim to show human limbs in relation to Keane's murder, and that Gardaí are attempting to verify claims from a County Louth councillor that the video had been sent to the teenager's family.
Keane Mulready-Woods, who would have turned 18 next month, was reported missing on Sunday, 12th January.
Partial human remains found in Coolock, Dublin on Monday, January 13th, have been confirmed to be those of the teenager.
Remains found in a second location in Drumcondra on Wednesday, 15th January are also being linked to Keane's murder, although no official identification has taken place.
A Garda spokesperson said in a statement:
"This is a brutal and savage attack on a child and is completely unacceptable in any normal democratic society.
"The level of violence is shocking and the investigation into the murder of Keane is being co-ordinated from Drogheda Garda Station.
"It is important to remember that Keane was a child, a young boy trying to find his way in life, he has now lost his life and his family have lost their loved son and brother."
Gardaí are encouraging anyone with information relating to Keane's murder, or to the origin of the images being circulated, to contact Gardaí at Drogheda Garda Station on 041 9874200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, Crime Stoppers on 1800 250 025 or any Garda station.