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'Mostly intact' torso found in Dublin park in search for body of convicted rapist James Nolan

The 46-year-old had not been seen since his release from prison in 2010.

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A TORSO HAS been found in a Dublin park during the search for the body of convicted rapist James Nolan.

Nolan, 46, of Fairlawn Road in Finglas had not been seen since his release from prison in 2010 after serving a term for burglary.

His limb was found on Dollymount Strand in 2011 but he had not been reported missing. The Tolka River, beside where the torso was found, enters the sea close to Dollymount.

Gardaí began searching Tolka Valley Park in Finglas on Saturday 1 April after new information came to light. They say that the location in the park is used primarily by locals.

Officers say that a “mostly intact” torso was discovered around one foot deep yesterday. It has been removed to the State Mortuary.

Around 50% of the site has been searched and no other location is being looked at.

Gardaí will not say how they came to dig up this part of the park as it is “a live investigation”.

Specialist cadaver dogs from the UK were used.

In 1986, Nolan was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his part in the gang rape of a 23-year-old woman. Gardaí say his family has been informed of the find, but that no identification has taken place.

Additional reporting by Cliódhna Russell.

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