SKELETAL REMAINS have been discovered in the search for the body of a teenager who was murdered and dismembered in January last year.
The teenager, who cannot be identified due to a Court of Appeal decision, was killed last year in a highly publicised case which drew horror across the country.
The 17-year-old was brutally murdered and his body dismembered, and not all of his remains have been found.
Gardaí have now discovered human skeletal remains during a search of waste ground in Drogheda, close to the house the boy was murdered-- however officers have not ruled out the possibility that they have been there since the juvenile was killed 14 months ago.
The discovery was made at around 4pm yesterday, The Irish Independent reports, and the remains have been sent for DNA testing.
The family of the murdered child have been told of the "possibility" that the remains found in Rathmullen Park are those of their son.
The teenage boy was found to have been murdered days after his disappearance when a bag containing his arms and legs was found in Coolock, Dublin on 13 January 2020.
Two days later, the boy's head and hands were found in a burning car in Drumcondra.
Gardaí believe that the 17-year-old's murder was related to an ongoing feud between two criminals gangs based in Drogheda, and gardaí have investigated reports that a number of members involved in the feud knew of the whereabouts of the teenager's torso.
Gardaí received a tip-off this month which led them to cordon off the waste area and focus their search.
The search of the waste ground will continue today.