Galway Body May Be Busker

Six years after being dug up from a garden, the body that has lain in a Galway morgue may finally have been identified.

Gardaí believe the man was Dave Rawson, a busker - nicknamed Tang - but without positive identification, they cannot bury him.

They have now appealed to friends and relatives of Mr Rawson, thought to be from Tunbridge Wells, in Kent, for help and have also said that a crime is not suspected.

Police said he may have died of natural causes and been buried by friends.

The remains were found in a shallow grave beside a squat in Salthill, a seaside resort outside Galway.

The body had been wrapped in a blue sleeping bag tied with twine.

Mr Rawson trained as a classical musician in London, but earned his living busking on the streets of Galway.

Gardaí have interviewed people in Galway and England, but until he is positively identified, an inquest cannot be held.

Superintendent Noel Kelly said: "Everything points to this man.

"A photograph was shown to everyone we interviewed and they said this is Dave, but I can't get the man buried because I can't get a positive ID," he said.

The remains have lain in the morgue in University College Hospital, Galway, since they were found.

Pathology tests found no signs of an assault or broken bones.

The remains were discovered by a Galway man who bought the house and dug up the body when he was excavating the back garden.


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