‘Sin­is­ter el­e­ments at play ’ over woman’s body found in city park

Linda Chris­tian re­ported miss­ing three weeks ago

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Ali Bracken Crime Cor­re­spon­dent ali.bracken@dai­ly­mail.ie

‘SIN­IS­TER el­e­ments’ were at play in the death of a woman whose de­com­posed body was dis­cov­ered in un­der­growth in a park in Blan­chard­stown yes­ter­day, gar­daí be­lieve. While gar­daí have not of­fi­cially up­graded the case to

one of mur­der, de­tec­tives have ‘re­ceived in­tel­li­gence’ that the woman – named lo­cally as Linda Chris­tian – was killed and be­lieve foul play was in­volved.

Ms Chris­tian, 29, had been miss­ing for three weeks and the re­mains were found shortly af­ter 2pm yes­ter­day.

The vic­tim, who was sin­gle, was re­ported miss­ing by her fam­ily just over three weeks ago. It is un­der­stood that she suf­fered from some men­tal health prob­lems. Her re­mains were dis­cov­ered in an area of un­der­growth be­tween Clon­silla Road and Snug­bor­ough Road yes­ter­day shortly af­ter 2pm.

Act­ing on spe­cific in­for­ma­tion from a mem­ber of the pub­lic that Ms Chris­tian had been a vic­tim of foul play, the Garda Di­vi­sional Search Team scoured Coolmine Woods in Blan­chard­stown.

The body was later dis­cov­ered in the un­der­growth.

It was sig­nif­i­cantly de­com­posed and a post­mortem on the re­mains, by State pathol­o­gist Marie Cas­sidy, was un­der way last night.

Gar­daí sus­pect she may have died shortly af­ter she dis­ap­peared on June 23.

The young woman’s fam­ily have been no­ti­fied that gar­daí be­lieve the re­mains to be those of their loved one. The di­vi­sional search team is only en­listed dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into se­ri­ous crim­i­nal­ity. It is not drafted in dur­ing rou­tine searches for miss­ing per­sons, sources say.

The re­sults of the post­mortem will de­ter­mine the di­rec­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

‘At the mo­ment, there is a strong be­lief that there is a sin­is­ter el­e­ment at play here and that this woman did not take her own life,’ said a source.

Gar­daí first is­sued an ap­peal for the miss­ing woman on July 3.

Any­one who may have any in­for­ma­tion that could help gar­daí with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death are asked to con­tact Blan­chard­stown Garda sta­tion on (01) 6667000, the Garda Con­fi­den­tial Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda sta­tion.

Ms Chris­tian was de­scribed as be­ing 5ft 3in, of slim build with long brown hair and green eyes. When last seen, she was wear­ing a green bomber jacket, blue jeans and car­ry­ing a pink gym bag.

Act­ing on spe­cific in­for­ma­tion Body was de­com­posed

Probe: It’s thought Linda Chris­tian died shortly af­ter van­ish­ing

‘In­tel­li­gence’: Gar­daí cor­doned off the scene in West Dublin

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