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Saturday 18 November 2017

Body of murdered Romanian teen found

GARDAI searching for the body of a murdered teenage girl recovered human remains this morning.

The grim discovery was made at around 11am by detectives investigating the disappearance of kidnapped Mariora Rostas.

Detectives believe the 19-year-old was abducted, raped and murdered within 24 hours of vanishing in Dublin after an encounter with a gangland criminal in January 2008.

The search has centred on a wooded area near Kippure, Co Wicklow, in the Sally Gap for evidence of the tragic girl.

The main focus of the search has concentrated on Coillte land close to the Kippure Estate and on the Manor Kilbride to Sally Gap road.

“It is too early to say who the remains belong to but we can confirm that certain items have been recovered,” a source told the Herald.

Frantic

A garda helicopter and members of the Garda Technical Bureau have all been involved in the search which started 12 days ago and began after specific information was given to gardai.

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.

Gangsters

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 he was wearing a bullet proof vest in bed when gardai raided his home.

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.

The suspect who is aged in his late 20s has been linked to a number of very serious incidents in the capital before he was jailed during the summer.

The suspect has also been linked to an incident at St James' Hospital in August, 2009, in which two security guards were injured.

The murder suspect has his own small gang and his closest associates are based in the Rathmines and Tallaght areas of the capital.

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