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Remains are those of missing man

The remains of a body found in a recycling plant during the summer have been identified as an Irish man who was recently reported missing.

Investigators said DNA testing showed the body was that of Mark Burke, 37, who was from Dun Laoghaire, in south Co Dublin.

The identity of the remains had been a mystery since being discovered among refuse at the Thornton's recycling plant on Killeen Road, Ballyfermot, in the west of the capital, on July 31.

Initially a leg was found, then other body parts were recovered during an extensive search of the waste.

Detectives originally believed the remains were those of a foreign national.

But after receiving genetic testing results, a Garda spokesman confirmed the man's identity.

"Mark Burke was reported missing recently," he said.

"It is not known when he was last seen.

"The Burke family have been notified and are requesting privacy. A Garda family liaison officer is liaising with the family."

Investigating gardai have appealed for anyone, particularly those who knew Mr Burke, who has any information that could help them solve what happened to get in touch.

They are looking for information on his movements during July.

They also acknowledged help from Thornton's staff and others interviewed during the investigation so far.

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