Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Murder suspect wanted by Interpol

An Interpol wanted poster for Irishman John Griffin, 43, known as Fozzy

A murder suspect who detectives believe faked his own death after his girlfriend was killed has been named on Interpol's most-wanted list.

John Griffin, known as Fozzy, disappeared five years ago after art student Emer O'Loughlin was found dead in the burnt-out wreckage of a caravan.

The 43-year-old, from Galway, is one of 26 people being hunted by international police and is thought to have fled to Britain after pretending to have died by suicide.

Ms O'Loughlin, 23, was found dead in the destroyed caravan near the Clare/Galway border in 2005.

Her body was exhumed in May this year for further pathology tests which revealed her neck had been slashed before her body was burned beyond recognition.

Forensic experts who carried out new examinations found evidence of severe wounds on the young woman's neck which could not have been spotted in the original post-mortem examination.

Interpol said Griffin is suspected of having set fire to the caravan after breaking in and assaulting Ms O'Loughlin.

It is believed he went to the Aran Islands after the death where some of his clothes were found on a cliff-top in a faked suicide.

He is known to have travelled to London and Germany in 2005. Interpol said he is believed to be hiding out in either the UK, Germany, Spain or Holland. Griffin may also be using the names John B Griffin or John McDermott.

In the five years before Ms O'Loughlin's death was officially recorded as murder, her family and senior gardai refused to accept that she had died in a tragic accident.

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