GARDAÍ have announced that partial remains discovered in Co. Clare in 2001 have been identified as those of a young man who went missing from Limerick city 18 years ago.
Aengus ‘Gussie’ Shanahan, 20, from Ashbrook, Ennis Road, was reported missing by his family on February 11, 2000.
Mr Shanahan was last seen walking along Old School House Lane near a friend's house in Limerick after finishing work in Dell, Castletroy earlier that evening.
He had been out to Coopers Bar on St Joseph's Street shortly before he vanished.
Over a year later on October 28, 2001, 'partial remains' consisting of foot bone fragments were discovered at Quay Island, Bunratty, Co. Clare.
Now, due to developments in DNA testing, Gardaí have finally identified the remains as belonging to Mr Shanahan.
Detectives at Roxboro Road, Limerick have now commenced a complete review of the circumstances of the 20-year-old's disappearance.
Mr Shanahan’s family have been informed of the DNA results and a family liaison officer has kept in contact with them throughout the investigation.
Gardaí are continuing to appeal for anyone who has any information to contact them.