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Post-mortem to take place on body found during search for missing woman

The body was found by gardaí who were searching for missing woman Jastine Valdez.

original Jastine Valdez Source: Garda Press Office

A POST-MORTEM is due to take place on the body of a woman discovered during the search for missing woman Jastine Valdez yesterday.

State Pathologist Marie Cassidy attended the site last night where the body was found by gardaí in dense gorse.

Gardaí found the body in the Puck’s Castle area of Dublin yesterday while searching for Jastine.

The 24-year-old was reported missing on Saturday night after she was believed to have been forced into a car on the R760 road near Enniskerry in Co Wicklow.

The operation to remove the body took some time as it was located in an area of thick gorse which needed to be cut away in order to gain access.

original (1) Gardaí at the scene yesterday Source: Garreth MacNamee/TheJournal.ie

No formal identification has been made and gardaí have appealed for privacy for the woman’s family. They also thanked the public and the media for their assistance, and the Defence Forces and Civil Defence for their help with the search.

On Sunday night 40-year-old Mark Hennessy, who was wanted in connection with Jastine’s disappearance, was shot dead by gardaí after an altercation with officers at Cherrywood in Dublin. It is understood he was armed with a knife at the time.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information, or who may have seen a black Nissan Qashqai with the registration 171 D 20419 on Saturday or Sunday, to contact Bray Garda Station on 01 6665300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

With reporting by Garreth MacNamee

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