Decomposed remains found during search for missing woman

Gardai commit resources of a murder inquiry to case after discovery in Dublin

 

The badly decomposed remains of a woman have been found in a wooded area in suburban Dublin during a Garda search for a missing woman.

All of the resources of a murder inquiry have been committed to the case by the Garda.

Garda sources said given the level of decomposition to the body the results of a postmortem would be required to confirm the cause of death.

It was only when the cause of death was known that the Garda would know whether the woman met with foul play.

However, one strong line of inquiry is that the dead woman was killed and her remains have lain undiscovered in Blanchardstown, west Dublin, for several weeks.

The remains were found this afternoon as part of a search carried out by gardai investigating the disappearance of Linda Christian.

The remains were found this afternoon as part of a search carried out by gardai investigating the disappearance of Linda Christian.
The remains were found this afternoon as part of a search carried out by gardai investigating the disappearance of Linda Christian.

The 29-year-old single woman was last seen on June 24th in Blanchardstown, where she is from. Gardai issued a public appeal for information on whereabouts not long after she disappeared.

At the weekend the Garda renewed that appeal, saying Ms Christian’s family had become “very concerned for her welfare”.

On Monday afternoon, apparently acting on information supplied since that appeal on Saturday, Garda search teams combed Coolmine Woods.

The remains of a woman were found in the woods at about 2pm between Clonsilla Road and Snugborough Road in Blanchardstown.

As soon as the remains were discovered the area, which is used as a shortcut for local people into a nearby housing estate, was sealed off.

The State Pathologist’s Office was notified and the body was left in situ. It was examined at the scene by the State pathologist before being removed for a full postmortem.

State pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy at the scene at Coolmine Woods. Photograph: Collins Photos
State pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy at the scene at Coolmine Woods. Photograph: Collins Photos

That examination was ongoing on Monday evening and the results were expected to be known to gardai at some point on Monday.

The Garda search teams that discovered the remains have also searched the area for anything of evidence. The Garda Technical Bureau has also examined the area.

Locals at the scene have described their shock at the discovery in the popular local walking spot .

Residents in the Coolmine Park Housing Estate told The Irish Times that they had reported a bad smell in the park to the local County Council several times over the past week.

“The smell was particularly bad over the weekend, we were sitting in the back garden over the weekend enjoying some of the sun but had to go back inside as there was a particularly bad smell in the area,” local resident Mary Reddin said.

Directly across from the entrance to Coolmine Woods a local soccer match was taking place as deputy State pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster conducted an examination on the remains.

Lisa Kirwan who was out walking her dog described her “horror” of such a discovery on her doorstep.

“I was literally out for my morning run at 8am this morning and ran through the woods. I am always passing through their with the dog or out on my own for a run. It’s absolutely horrifying to think that a woman my age may have been killed in there.

“I’m actually frightened to even think about it and this morning there was a particularly bad smell as I passed through”

Garda were conducting a thorough search of the area with all entrances to Coolmine woods remaining sealed off.