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Torso found in canal: Firms and residents asked to check premises

Business and property owners are being asked to check their premises for clues to the death and identity of a man who was murdered, packed into a suitcase and dumped in a canal.

A third day of searches took place where the victim's headless torso was found by passers-by in the Grand Canal near Celbridge, Co Kildare, on Saturday afternoon.

The dark-coloured suitcase was pulled from the water 500 metres from Ardclough, beside the Lyons Estate, on a stretch of towpath popular with walkers and cyclists.

Gardai believe the man was murdered elsewhere and his dismembered remains put into the canal.

While there are no fingerprints or teeth to confirm his identity, detectives are understood to be examining missing persons records in an attempt to draw up a list of potential victims.

The dead man, possibly in his 20s, suffered a violent death, gardai said.

Superintendent Gerry Wall said a huge number of people contacted the murder inquiry after appeals were made for anyone who may have been on the towpath between Thursday and Saturday.

The suitcase is believed to have been in the water for a short time, with the man murdered a few days before the discovery.

"We know that the man was killed at another location and the focus of our investigation is to find where the man was killed," Mr Wall said.

"We are asking people returning to their property or premises after the weekend to check to see if there was anything unusual.

"Was a room or equipment disturbed or their premises in any way different than when they left? Did you as an employee or employer notice anything different in your premises?"

Mr Wall thanked people who have come forward and reiterated the appeal for any others who were in the area over the course of the three days to come forward.

Anyone with suspicions about their property is urged to contact the investigations team at Leixlip Garda Station.

The Garda sub aqua team and other search teams are scouring the canal and its banks for evidence.

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