A body has been found inside a container dumped in the Grand Canal, gardai have said.
The discovery was made on Saturday afternoon at the waterway near Ardclough village, Co Kildare, and close to the border with Co Dublin.
Investigating gardai said the remains were found at around 3:30pm.
The scene has been sealed off ahead of a technical examination by Garda forensic experts.
The Office of the State Pathologist has also been asked to attend.
A Garda spokesman said: "The investigation is ongoing and further updates will follow."