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Gardaí at the scene in County Meath. Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Gardaí identify remains found in Meath as 37 year-old Christopher Gaffney

It follows an extensive search of the area in Clonee, County Meath, after the discovery of a human arm in a field last Friday.

Updated 12.52pm

A MURDER INVESTIGATION has been launched into the death of Christopher Gaffney, whose remains were found in a field in Clonee, County Meath.

The 37 year-old man is believed to have been from the Blanchardstown area of Dublin.

Extensive search

The investigation comes after the discovery of a human arm in a field by passer-by on Friday, from which fingerprints and DNA were recovered.

Specialist teams launched an extensive search of the area and further remains were found late yesterday afternoon.

A post-mortem was then carried out by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Kalhid Jabber.

Gardáí at Ashbourne are appealing to anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area recently, or who had contact with Christopher Gaffney over the past two months, to contact them on 01 8010600.

First published 07.20am