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Gardai release statement regarding body found in Lucan

Gardai release statement regarding body found in Lucan

However, only a few hundred metres away, toward the Clonee Road, the derelict property where Ana was discovered is a far bleaker place.

Gardaí also believe she was not alone in St Catherine's Park, Lucan, when last seen alive.

At 1 pm on Thursday afternoon, gardai discovered a body near St Catherine's Park in Lucan.

Gardaí said it was only when the remains had been removed and a full postmortem carried out that the cause of death would be confirmed and the suspicious death inquiry would be upgraded to murder.

Her family had reported her missing at Leixlip Garda Station at around 8pm that day after they became concerned for her safety. However, Garda sources said Ana had been beaten to death. When she was not contactable, her parents went to the local garda station nearly immediately.

Gardai release statement regarding body found in Lucan
Gardai release statement regarding body found in Lucan

It follows the discovery of a body in a disused house on the Clonee Road in the Lucan area.

Superintendent John Gordon said: 'We are at this time treating the death as suspicious.

"As you can imagine at this time (her family) are receiving a lot of support from An Garda Siochana but they are extremely distressed and they are also looking for the public assistance, and privacy at this time as well".

However a murder investigation is underway and gardai are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

The scene is now being preserved, pending a full Garda technical examination, with the body now at the scene. The family knew very early on there was something to worry about and they went to the garda station within hours of her leaving the house.

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