Suitcase containing torso of young man found in canal
Police in the Republic are trawling the missing persons list in the hopes of identifying a young man whose torso was found dumped in a suitcase in a canal.
The victim has not yet been identified but may be Eastern European. He was aged in his 20s and had dark brown hair.
Gardai believe the murder victim, whose torso was found wrapped in heavy plastic in a suitcase floating in the Grand Canal in Co Kildare on Saturday afternoon, was subjected to a savage assault.
Senior garda officers said last night they were checking the details they had established so far about the torso with those on a missing persons list.
Officers said the victim could be Irish or Eastern European, but one investigator revealed that at this early stage in their inquiries they were leaning towards the latter possibility.
A post mortem examination confirmed that the man had not been shot or stabbed in the torso. As some body parts are still missing, gardai cannot be certain about the cause of death.
But a senior officer said the victim had met a very violent death and was likely to have been brutally assaulted.
The suitcase with the torso is thought to have been dumped in the Grand Canal near the village of Ardclough some time between Thursday and 3.30pm on Saturday when it was recovered from the water by a couple of walkers.
Gardai think the man was likely to have been killed elsewhere and the investigation team in the Kildare division is liaising closely with their colleagues in Dublin.
They are also trying to establish whether there might have been a link between the man's death and another murder in Dublin in recent years.
A search of the canal where the body part was found will resume at first light this morning.
Gardai are hoping that other body parts may be located nearby.
In the meantime, forensic experts will continue to examine the plastic wrapping for fingerprints and other DNA clues that might help them pinpoint those involved in dumping the case in the canal.
Investigators held a case conference at Leixlip yesterday and afterwards senior officers said they were now following a number of lines of inquiry.
The shocked walkers, who made the gruesome find when they opened the suitcase, immediately contacted gardai on Saturday but the plastic was not removed from the body until an initial examination was carried out by garda forensic officers.