Detectives probing the murder of a colleague are examining the scene of a body discovered in a burned-out car.
The grim discovery was made by firefighters as they tackled the blaze at Gyles Quay, near Lordship, off the main Dundalk to Carlingford road in Co Louth.
Garda sources said it was too early to identify the victim or determine if the death was suicide or had a criminal connection.
The scene is close to where Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was murdered five weeks ago as he confronted a gang holding up a small credit union near his home on the rural Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth.
More than 100 detectives are working to solve the detective's murder and will examine the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body as part of that probe.
"They will be doing an initial inquiry in to whether it's suicide or if there's other wider connections," a source said.
The scene remains sealed off for a full forensic examination, which will be carried out on Friday.
The remains will also be removed for a post-mortem examination and tests to determine the identification of the victim.
Earlier this week senior officers made a fresh appeal and revealed information that could lead detectives to the cold-blooded killers of Det Gda Donohoe, a five-strong gang based in south Armagh.
More than 2,300 separate lines of inquiry have been examined as part of the massive investigation, while statements have been taken from 800 people.