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Monday 23 October 2017

Mother's agony as missing son's body discovered

Vilma Stoskus, mother of Silvestras, with his missing poster at her Kinnegad, Co. Kildare home last night.
Vilma Stoskus, mother of Silvestras, with his missing poster at her Kinnegad, Co. Kildare home last night.

THE devastated mother of a 20-year-old man whose naked body was found lying face down in a field in Co Kildare has spoken of the family's heartache.

Silvestras Stoskus (20) was found lying face down in a puddle in a field in Broadford, Kildare yesterday - 10 days after he was reported missing.

Gardai believe that Mr Stoskus, originally from Lithuania, had been beaten to death.

He was found with a number of marks on his head and the investigation is expected to be upgraded from suspicious death to murder today.

His mother, Vilma Stoskus, who was inconsolable at her home in Kinnegad, Westmeath last night, said that the family were broken-hearted at the discovery of his body after a frantic 10-day search.

MISSING

His family maintained a regular daily search for Mr Stoskus since he went missing from his home in Bun Daire, Kinnegad on Sunday, March 8.

Ms Stoskus said that the family held out hope that he would be found alive, but the devastating news about her only son was delivered yesterday.

"Gardai came to the house and said that they'd found his body, and that we would go there in the morning to identify it. They didn't tell us what happened," Ms Stoskus told the Herald.

"We are very tired. He was missing for 10 days. Every day we went into town, we spoke with his friends, we drove around with the gardai. Every night we waited until very late for him to come home."

She said Mr Stoskus had previously attended college but was recently unemployed.

Mr Stoskus has a younger sister Kornelija, aged just 11 years old.

"We are from Lithuania, but we have been in Ireland for nine years," Ms Stoskus added. "We came here for work at first, but now we live here."

The grim discovery was made by a farmer who was walking his lands at Cornmucklagh, Broadford in Kildare around 3.30pm yesterday.

A post-mortem will take place at Naas General Hospital at 10am.

Early indications are Mr Stoskus, who had no previous convictions, may have fallen foul of a gang in the area.

OFFENCES

He was known to gardai for involvement in minor crime and is suspected of being involved in drugs and robbery offences but was not considered a major criminal and had no previous convictions.

The investigation is being led by Leixlip gardai who are searching for a motive in the case. No arrests have yet been made.

Gardai issued a missing person's appeal for Mr Stoskus on Sunday afternoon, a week since he was last seen alive.

That appeal stated that Silvestras was last seen leaving his home in Kinnegad at around 3pm on Sunday, March 8.

State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy arrived at the rural scene last night and it is understood that a preliminary examination showed no signs that the victim had been shot or stabbed.

The investigation into the suspicious death is being led by Chief Supt Barry McPolin of Naas Garda Station.

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