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Monday 20 August 2018

Train ticket clue on missing man found dead in ditch

GARDAI are keeping an open mind on the death of a Dubliner discovered face down in a drain in Kildare.

The body of 30-year-old Jason O'Dea was discovered yesterday morning in a ditch next to a railway line in Broadford, co Kildare. He had been missing for ten weeks.

Gardai said they were awaiting the results of the post mortem but believe the victim may have fallen from a train travelling from Dublin to Mullingar.

A train ticket to Mullingar was discovered in the dead man's pocket.

Trauma

There were no visible signs of trauma on the body which was examined at the scene by the deputy State pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar.

There were no stab or gunshot wounds on the body.

The body was said to have been well preserved by the recent cold weather.

It was taken to Naas General Hospital and a post mortem will be carried out later today.

Mr O'Dea went missing on November 27 although his disappearance was not reported to gardai until December 7.

Originally from Drimnagh in south Dublin, Mr O'Dea had recently been living in rented accommodation at Buckingham Street Lower in the North Inner City. The deceased was regularly seen on the streets of the inner city and was known to have been suffering from a drug problem.

He was known to gardai but not as a serious criminal. He is also believed to have been the father of a teenage girl. When he was last seen he was wearing dark jeans, a white jumper and a white jacket with dark bands.

He was discovered as 5ft 6in, of slight build with brown hair and green eyes.

Gardai have made several appeals to anyone with any information on his disappearance to contact Store Street Garda Station.

Commuters

His family has been contacted to tell them of the find.

The body of Mr O'Dea was discovered at around 10.30am yesterday by a farmer walking his land at Moyvalley, Broadford, Co Kildare. Officers from Leixlip Garda Station launched an investigation and a section of the field was sealed off pending the arrival of forensic experts.

Officers are keen to talk to the Iarnrod Eireann staff that were working on the train that day to establish if Mr O'Dea could have fallen from the train and then made his into the field.

An appeal has also been made to commuters who may have seen Mr O'Dea.

Store Street Garda Station in Dublin's north inner city can be contacted at (01) 6668000.

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