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Human remains found at Dublin recycling centre identified as missing man

Mark Burke from Dun Laoghaire was identified using DNA.

Image: Garda press office

Updated at 6.30pm

THE HUMAN REMAINS found at a recycling facility in Dublin in July have been identified as those of Mark Burke from Dun Laoghaire.

The 37-year-old was reported missing recently and gardaí say they have identified his remains using DNA.

It is not known where Burke was last seen but gardaí said his family have been notified.

Part of a lower human leg was found at Thorntons recycling centre in Ballyfermot on 31 July, with follow-up searches leading to the discovery of part of an upper leg.

Part of the deceased’s skull was also discovered with gardaí providing evidence that the then unidentified man had undergone neurosurgical treatment in the past.

Garda investigations are continuing now that the remains have been identified.

Speaking this evening, head of the force’s press office Superintendent Paul Moran, issued an appeal to anyone with information to come forward.

“We don’t know the exact dates as yet. We know in July there are reports there may have been sightings,” Moran said.

“This is forming part of the investigation team’s investigation.

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“This is why we’re making this appeal today .

“Anybody that may have known Mark or indeed anybody who may have seen Mark — we’ve circulated a picture through the media that they contact our investigation team or indeed any garda station.”

Gardaí at Ballyfermot Station can be contacted on 01 666 7200.

Over 1,000 tonnes of waste was sifted through at the Thornton’s site as part of the search for the remains with gardaí saying they would like to thank staff at the facility.

Gardaí say Burke’s family have appealed for privacy following the tragic discovery.

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