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Body parts found at recycling plant from same man, suspected human flesh also discovered

The search at the Thorntons recycling centre in Ballyfermot is continuing.

The awful discovery was first made on Thursday.
The awful discovery was first made on Thursday.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

DNA ANALYSIS OF the two body parts discovered at a recycling plant in Dublin are male and come from the same person

Part of a lower human leg was found at Thorntons recycling centre in Ballyfermot just before midnight on Thursday.

The area was sealed off and a further search the next day led to the discovery of a second body part, this time a portion of a leg from thigh to pelvis.

Gardaí say that these body parts were removed to Tallaght Hospital where a post-mortem examination was carried out by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

DNA analysis has determined that the body parts are male and both come from the same person.

Although no other identifiable limbs have been found, further searches of the recycling centre has led to a number of other items being discovered, some of which are believed to be human flesh and bones.

This is yet to be confirmed by Curtis and the services of a forensic anthropologist have been requested.

A forensic anthropologist is someone who assists a criminal investigation by analysing human remains.

Gardaí say that at present they have no other information about the race, nationality or age of the body parts discovered, nor have they determined the cause of death of the individual.

The search of Thorntons has been ongoing since Friday and is expected to continue for a number of days.

The focus of the investigation at this time is to establish the identity of this man and to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 666 7200.

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