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Neurosurgical screws discovered in skull found at Dublin recycling plant

The identity of the man is not yet known.

Gardaí Colm O'Malley, Paul Moran and Brendan Connolly.
Gardaí Colm O'Malley, Paul Moran and Brendan Connolly.

Updated 11.24 pm

THE “DISMEMBERED” BODY parts found in a Dublin recycling plant belong to a man aged between 25-45 who had neurosurgical screws in either side of his skull.

The deceased man has not yet been identified but gardaí believe that the body parts were at the site for four to five days prior to being discovered on 31 July.

A time and cause of death have not yet been given but gardaí say they are following more than 300 lines of inquiry.

The body parts were described as dismembered by gardaí but they would not say whether they believed this how this had occurred.

Part of a lower human leg was found at Thorntons recycling centre in Ballyfermot with follow up searches leading to the discovery of part of an upper leg.

Part of the skull has also been discovered as well as other body parts but gardaí are not providing any further details of those parts.

Over 1,000 tonnes of waste has been sifted through with searches at the site now concluded.

Examinations have found that there is evidence that the man had undergone neurosurgical treatment in the past with screws present at either side of the skull.

The man also underwent cranial surgery that may have arisen due to serious head trauma such as a car accident or serious assault.

As a result gardai believe that doctors or carers may be able to help identify the victim.

Further analysis is underway in an attempt to identify the race of the man.

Gardaí are also liaising with Intepol and the missing person bureau as part of their investigations.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may be concerned about a male relative or friend whom they have not seen or heard from since June to contact Ballyfermot garda station.

Anyone with informtion can contact the station on 01 6667200 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.

Originally published 3.30 pm

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