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Monday 21 August 2017

Victim murdered elsewhere before his body dumped

The body of the country's latest murder victim was dumped in a Kildare field just 48 hours before it was discovered by a local farmer.

Gardai yesterday officially upgraded their investigation into the death of Silvestras Stoskus to murder after a post-mortem showed he had died from head injuries.

Detectives are investigating whether Mr Stoskus (20), who was nicknamed 'Twiggy', was murdered over a drugs debt.

His naked body was found lying face down in a puddle in a field in Cornamucklagh, Broadford, Co Kildare on Wednesday.

Sources say that gardai are working on the theory that he was killed elsewhere before his body was dumped earlier this week.

Garda searches continued in the field throughout yesterday and the area remained sealed off.

It is not known why his clothes were removed but sources said that there was no indication that the unfortunate young man had been tortured.

It is understood that Mr Stoskus' body was not in an advanced state of decomposition when the grim discovery was made by a farmer walking on his land at around 3.30pm.

Mr Stoskus was reported missing from his home in Kinnegad, Co Westmeath on March 8.

Appeal

This led gardai to issue an appeal for information about him which stated that he was last seen leaving his home at around 3pm on Sunday.

He was described as being 5' 11" in height, of thin build with short brown hair. When last seen he was wearing a dark grey jumper and black trousers. It is understood that none of these clothes have been recovered.

In an interview with the Herald just hours after his body was found, the victim's heartbroken mother Vilma told how gardai visited their house in Kinnegad.

"They said that they'd found his body," she said. "They didn't tell us what happened.

"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 broke down in tears as she told how his 11-year-old sister Kornelija and father Linas have been left distraught.

The family had been frantically searching for him and had also offered up a €10,000 reward for any information on his whereabouts.

kfoy@herald.ie

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