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Women among four who fled after murders

Two women are among four people that gardai want to question about the gruesome murders of the Dublin friends whose bodies were found on an island in a lake.

Gardai believe that Eoin O’ Connor (32) and Anthony Keegan (33) were the victims of a double-cross when they travelled to Cavan to reclaim a drugs debt on behalf of a notorious north Dublin crime gang.

The four fled Ireland shortly after O’Connor and Keegan disappeared on April 22 and are believed to be in the UK.

The two on-the-run men are considered close associates and both are drug dealers.

The two women are the girlfriend of the chief suspect in the case and the daughter of another man who the missing men’s associates believe may have been involved in the murders.

A senior source told

Two homes connected to the chief suspect in Co Meath were sealed off and searched by gardai yesterday as the investigation intensifies.

Gardai were alerted to the presence of the two badly decomposed bodies on Monday when a fisherman noticed a terrible smell from a small island on Lough Shelin, which is on the border of counties Meath and Cavan.

A post-mortem w yesterday confirmed that the two pals had been shot. It is thought they were killed elsewhere and their bodies brought to the island on a boat.

witnesses

Yesterday, Supt Sean Farrell of Kells Garda Station appealed to anyone who may have seen a grey Ford Focus 04 D 46380 around Lough Sheelin near the townland of Ross, Mountnugent between April 20 and 25 to contact them. This was the car that O’ Connor and Keegan travelled to Co Cavan in.

The vehicle was found by gardai in the carpark at Lough Owel near Mullingar, Co Westmeath, on the morning of 
April 25.

The car was driven to this location to put investigating detectives off the track as Lough Owel is around 40km from where their bodies were eventually found.

The chief suspect in the case is a foreign criminal who is suspected of being involved in the manufacture of pipe bombs - a close associate of his was previously jailed for a savage stabbing attack.

The other man who is believed to be on-the-run with him is a petty criminal, originally from Dublin, who has already given gardai a statement saying that he bought cannabis herb off the murdered duo at his Co Cavan home on the night they were last seen alive.

He has already denied any involvement in their disappearance and gardai do not currently consider him a suspect in the case.

kfoy@herald.ie


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