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DNA from human remains found in Grand Canal is a match for Kenneth O'Brien

The 33-year-old man’s dismembered body was recovered from a suitcase at Ardclough, Co Kildare on 16 January.

Image: Garda Press Office

GARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED that human remains found in the Grand Canal on Sunday are those of Kenneth O’Brien.

The 33-year-old man’s torso was recovered from a suitcase at Ardclough, Co Kildare on 16 January.

DNA analysis on the body parts found at Sallins over the weekend by the garda water unit was a match for the deceased.

In a statement issued through the Garda Press Office, the man’s family thanked the public for the messages of support that they continue to receive.

Superintendent Gerry Wall appealed anyone who may have used the the 5 kilometre walk along the Grand Canal at Sallins, encompassing the old Odlums mill, on between 15 and 16 January 2016 or after that, to contact gardaí at Leixlip Garda Station on 01 666 7800, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111, or any garda station.

“Investigating Gardaí are also keen to speak to anyone who may have observed, seen or had any contact with Kenneth since the early hours of Friday morning (15 January) when he left Lealand Road, Clondalkin or can assist in tracing his movements,” the statement added.

Read: Gardaí renew their public appeal for information in Kenneth O’Brien murder probe >

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