Tip-off that led to search for Mariora body in mountains
Gardai received specific information within the past two months which led to searches being carried out in the Dublin Mountains for the body of a missing teenager, the Herald can reveal.
Searches at the extremely remote location at Kippure near the Sally Gap in Co Wicklow are continuing today as officers hope to find the remains of tragic Mariora Rostas (19).
Detectives and members of a divisional search team arrived at the wooded area yesterday, three kilometres from the summit of the Sally Gap.
It is understood that the operation had been planned for some time but had been shrouded in complete secrecy by gardai.
Detectives believe that Mariora Rostas was abducted, raped and murdered within 24 hours of vanishing in Dublin after an encounter with a gangster.
Her body has never been found. In the hours before her suspected murder, the teenager made a last, frantic phone call to her older brother in Romania.
The chief suspect for the murder is a psychotic gangster from the south inner city who is facing serious charges.
Gardai believe that two other major south Dublin criminals then helped the dangerous gangland criminal to dispose of Mariora's body in the Dublin Mountains, where it has never been recovered.
A house where gardai believe that Mariora was held against her will on Brabazon Street in the south city was then gutted in a fire started by the criminals in a bid to conceal evidence.
All three of the men were arrested by gardai back in December, 2008, along with one of their female associates. But they were all released without charge.
When the chief suspect was arrested at his home he was wearing a bullet-proof vest in bed.
Considered to be one of the most feared gangsters in the capital, the psychotic criminal only earned his first criminal conviction recently but is facing serious gang-related charges and is on remand in Cloverhill Prison.
The suspect has close links to gangland's most prolific serial killer Eric 'Lucky' Wilson from Ballyfermot, who is currently serving a 23-year sentence in Spain for a pub gun murder.