Keane Mulready-Woods, 17, was decapitated and his dismembered body parts were dumped in two locations in Dublin after he went missing on Sunday
Detectives in Dublin investigating the brutal murder of a 17-year-old boy whose dismembered body parts were dumped in two locations descried the crime as a ‘a brutal and savage attack on a child and is completely unacceptable in any normal democratic society’.
Keane Mulready-Woods went missing in Drogheda, Co Louth on Sunday, January 12 at around 6pm, when he was last seen by his family.
Parts of the 17-year-old’s dismembered corpse were found by a group of teenagers in a housing estate in Coolock, Dublin on Monday evening.
Dublin Fire Brigade were called to a burning car in Drumcondra, Dublin on Wednesday morning were more body parts were recovered.
Forensic Science Ireland confirmed that ‘partial human remains’ discovered on Monday were those of Keane Mulready-Woods.
A Garda spokesman said: ‘Keane is a 17-year-old juvenile, he disappeared on Sunday, January 12 and parts of his remains have now been discovered.
‘This is a brutal and savage attack on a child and is completely unacceptable in any normal democratic society.
‘The level of violence is shocking and the investigation into the murder of Keane is being co-ordinated from Drogheda Garda Station.
‘It is important to remember that Keane was a child, a young boy, trying to find his way in life, he has now lost his life and his family have lost their loved son and brother.’
When last seen by his family in Drogheda, Co Louth – approximately 30 miles from where his body parts were found – he was wearing a navy Hugo Boss tracksuit, black Hugo Boss runners, a red Canada Goose jacket and a Gucci baseball cap.
The first body parts were found at 9.55pm on Monday, January 13 on Moatview Drive in Coolock.
A group of teenagers found body parts inside a Puma bag dumped outside houses in Moatview Drive, Priorswood, Coolock in Dublin on Monday evening. Forensic tests proved the remains belonged to Keane Mulready-Woods
More body parts were recovered from a burned out Volvo which had been firebombed in Drumcondra, Dublin in the early hours of Wednesday morning
When he was last seen, Keane was wearing a Canada Goose jacket similar to this
Keane, pictured, was last seen in Drogheda, Co Louth by his family at 6pm on Sunday
On Wednesday at 1.30am, Dublin Fire Brigade responded to reports of a car on fire in Drumcondra. After dealing with the fire in Trinity Terrace, partial human remains were discovered.
Forensic tests are being carried out to determine whether they belong to the young victim.
Specialist search teams have sealed a house in Rathmullan Park, Drogheda which has been declared a crime scene.
Garda Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said: ‘An Garda Siochana is determined to bring those behind this shocking crime to justice.
‘In recent years An Garda Siochana has made significant progress in tackling organised crime through arrests leading to convictions and major seizures of guns, drugs and cash.
‘This focus will continue. As always, the help and support of communities is vital to this.’
On Wednesday, partial body remains were discovered in a burnt-out car in Trinity Terrace in Drumcondra.
Gardai are trying to determine Keane’s final hours. They have three crime scenes, including a property in Rathmullan Park, Drogheda, Co Louth – which is about 30miles north of Dublin and two locations in the city where body parts were recovered
Later a house in Drogheda was sealed off as part of the investigation.
The property in Rathmullan Park has been declared a crime scene and is being forensically examined.
Fine Gael’s Paschal Donohoe said: ‘I want to acknowledge that within my own constituency I do have experience of the cycle of terror, of the cycle of fear that organised crime can bring.
‘This is the reason why minister Charlie Flanagan has ensured we are recruiting 700 gardai per year and it’s the reason we’ve resourced the armed emergency unit to make sure they have the capacity to respond back to organised crime.
‘In my own constituency of Dublin Central, we have seen the ability of those kinds of changes, combined with community investment, to deal with the kind of terror.’
Fianna Fail deputy leader Dara Calleary described it as a massive human tragedy.
‘It is true to say that this is not just one area,’ he added.
‘When you reduce investment in programmes such as the urban renewal project you take away opportunities from people.
‘The garda drug units across the country will tell you they do not have enough (gardai).’