Thursday 21 November 2019

Gardai launch probe after skull and bones found at waste plant

Gardai at the Greenstar plant in Fassaroe, Bray, yesterday
Gardai at the Greenstar plant in Fassaroe, Bray, yesterday

A garda investigation is under way after a skull and other skeletal remains were discovered at a waste recycling plant in Wicklow.

The bones are believed to have been found by a member of staff before gardai were alerted.

The grim find was made at the Greenstar recycling plant in Fassaroe, Bray, yesterday morning.


Just over three years ago the body of a baby girl was discovered at the same recycling plant, but despite a nationwide appeal her parents were never identified.

A skull and other bones were discovered yesterday and have since been removed for examination.

Tests will be carried out on the remains to determine if they are human.

"These may be historical remains or possibly even more recent," a source said. "They could even be false bones, but this will have to be determined pending examination of the bones.

"Gardai are keeping an open mind at this stage and are awaiting confirmation to determine which way the investigation goes."

Last night, gardai remained at the plant where the discovery was made. The investigation is being led by local officers based at Bray Garda Station.

A garda spokesman said last night: "Gardai in Bray, Co Wicklow, were called to a recycling plant in Bray today where a skull and bones were discovered.

"The items will now be examined. Investigations are continuing."

The plant is just off the N11 in Bray and recyclable waste from across the country is dumped at the site.

On May 4, 2016, the remains of a baby girl were found at the Greenstar plant.

Investigating gardai named the infant Alannah and held a number of media appeals in a bid to make contact with her parents.


A post-mortem examination carried out the day after the discovery confirmed that the baby was born just weeks earlier, and suggested that she had not suffered any deliberate injuries.

She was buried in Redford Cemetery, Greystones, on May 14, 2016.

The company handed over all details of every pick-up made around the time of the discovery, and gardai narrowed down the location to three possible places.

However, that lead ran cold and to date gardai have not been able to make contact with the baby's parents.

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