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Friday 24 November 2017

Is it Mariora? Mystery of skeleton found in mountains

GARDAI are examining the possibility that skeletal remains found in the Dublin Mountains belong to a woman.







Examinations later today will determine the sex of the person whose bones were discovered in a shallow grave which became exposed when a tree blew over in the remote Slieve na mBan Og area.

If the remains are female, gardai will be examining if they could belong to Mariora Rostas (above), the 19-year-old Romanian girl last seen alive in Dublin city centre in January 2008.

The teenager is suspected of being murdered by a gangland criminal. No clothes or any other recognisable items were found at the scene.

A senior source explained: “At this stage, we can't be sure if the remains belong to a man or woman.

“The shape of the person's jaw bone indicates that it may be a woman but we can't be certain until further tests are carried out. It seems that this body was not here for a very long period.”

A garda search team resumed searches in the wooded area at first light today with officers confirming that there may be more bones at the site.

The State pathologist and a forensic anthropologist are expected to begin their examinations at the city morgue in Marino today of the remains found yesterday morning by two hill-walkers.

The specialists will be examining a skull, jaw bone, full set of teeth, hip ribs and femur bone.

Meanwhile the mother of a Dublin man who is missing for more than a year is praying that the remains are those of her son.

Father-of-one James Kenny McDonagh (28) vanished after his burned-out car was found in Newcastle,West Dublin on October 27, 2010.

The remains found yesterday were discovered, near where his phone went dead on the day he disappeared.

Shortly before noon today, two members of the extended Kenny McDonagh family arrived at the search scene where they lit a candle. They remained for a short time before leaving without giving any comments.

Speaking to the Herald, the missing man's mother Jackie Kenny broke down in tears as she told how she hoped the bones were those of James.

“I just want to be able to put him in a Christian grave where a priest can say a prayer over him,” Jackie cried.



“I do hope that it is James, just so that I can have him back, just so that I can know where he is,” she added.

Jackie said that gardai had informed her about the grim find yesterday, but said they had not yet positively identified the remains.

“I just want this to be my son, I want it to be news for me,” said Jackie Kenny.



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