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Post-mortems on two young brothers will not be released

Eoghan (10) and Ruairí (5) Chada were reported missing from their home in Carlow yesterday. Their bodies were found yesterday afternoon in the boot of their father’s car.
Jul 30th 2013, 9:13 PM 51,897 7

Eoghan (left) and Ruairi Chada (Pic: Garda Press Office)

Update 9.13pm

GARDAÍ ARE RENEWING their appeal for information, after two young boys reported missing yesterday were found dead in their father’s car in Mayo yesterday afternoon.

Tonight, gardaí said the post-mortem examinations on Eoghan Chada, 10, and his brother Ruairí, five,  have been completed but will not be released for operational reasons.

The pair were reported missing at 1.30am yesterday from their home in Ballinkillen, Bagenalstown in Carlow along with their father Sanjeev.

They were found dead and their father injured following a car crash at Cloneen, Rosbeg at around 3.30 yesterday afternoon – around four miles from Westport.

Gardaí who responded to the call-out discovered the children’s bodies. 43-year-old Sanjeev Chada was taken for treatment for non-serious injuries to Mayo General Hospital. Investigators believe he had crashed the vehicle into a wall.

It’s understood that the bodies were found in the boot of the vehicle. The young boys are believed to have died before the crash but gardaí will not confirm this and would only say tonight that investigations are ongoing.

They have issued an appeal for information on the car – a Ford Focus, with the registration number 06 CW 238.  Superintendent Dave Taylor made this appeal in a press briefing last night:

My appeal is for the whereabouts of the of this green Ford Focus between the hours of 6.30 pm (Sunday evening) and 3.30pm.This car would have travelled across the county – its exact route we don’t know but obviously it made its way to the Coast Road at Rosbeg.

Superintendent Taylor said gardaí were particularly interested in speaking with any petrol station attendants who would have served Sanjeev Chada on the journey.

Preliminary examinations of the children’s bodies were carried out at the scene of the crash yesterday evening by Deputy State Pathologist Dr. Khalid Jabbar. Full post mortems are under way today at Mayo General Hospital – the results of which will guide the course of the investigation.

Officers are also waiting to interview Sanjeev Chada, who continues to receive medical treatment. The car has now been removed to the scene at Rosbeg and taken to a secure location for further forensic tests.

An incident room has been set-up at Westport Garda Station, and investigating gardaí are working closely on the case with officers in Carlow. Gardaí say they’ve received a number of calls from members of the public since their initial appeal last night.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Westport Station on 098 50230 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

- additional reporting Hugh O’Connell

Originally posted at 7.42am

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