19/05/2008

Body Exhumed In Search For Missing Man

Gardaí investigating the disappearance of a man in 1987 have exhumed a body after a tip off.

Brian McGrath, aged then 43, was last seen in 1987. Early on Monday morning Gardai exhumed remains at Whitehall Cemetery, Coole, Co Westmeath to be taken to Dublin City Morgue for additional post mortem examination and further tests.

Gardaí hope new technologies and investigative techniques, including DNA, which were not available to the original investigation team, will be able to shed light on the investigation.

Later in the morning, Gardai also commenced a crime scene investigation at a the family home of Mr. McGrath, in Co Westmeath.

Brian McGrath was last seen in March, 1987, but after a tip-off in 1993, serious concerns regarding Mr. McGrath were raised.

A comprehensive investigation was undertaken at the time and following the discovery of what was believed to be the remains of Mr. McGrath, a file was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecution. No prosecution was taken against any party.

However, this latest phase in the investigation involving upwards of 25 Garda personnel assisted by a Crime Scene Investigation Team from the Garda Technical Bureau, the Forensic Science Laboratory, an external soil surveying company and an anthropologist, is hoped to finally reveal what happened to the man.

(DW)


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