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Activity at the scene at Mornington Beach. Barry Cronin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Murder investigation underway as body of man found on Meath beach

The victim was in his mid-40s and originally from eastern Europe.

Updated 19.49

GARDAÍ HAVE LAUNCHED a murder investigation following the discovery of a body at a beach in Mornington, county Meath this morning.

The victim, a male in his 40s, was discovered between Lady’s Finger Tower and Mornington Tower at about 9am by a walker who immediately informed gardaí.

The man appeared to have sustained serious head injuries.

The area was sealed off for forensic technical examinations and the State Pathologist’s office notified. A post-mortem exam was carried out on the remains by Dr Marie Cassidy at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Gardaí believe the victim was originally from eastern Europe but have declined to release his name until all family have been notified.

An incident room has been set up at Laytown Garda Station and an appeal for information has been issued. Detectives would like to speak to anybody who was in the Mornington Beach area between 10pm Monday and 9am this morning. They also want to reach anybody who noticed an “altercation, row or unusual incident” in Drogheda during those times.

imageBarry Cronin/PA Wire

A second site has been sealed off in Drogheda as part of the murder probe (pictured).

Gardaí can be contacted at Laytown on 041 981 3320.

First published 11.09am

Additional reporting by Sinéad O’Carroll

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