14-YEAR-OLD ANA WAS STRIPPED AND BEATEN TO DEATH

Sea­soned mur­der de­tec­tives hor­ri­fied at scene of grue­some at­tack A MUR­DER in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched af­ter a 14-year-old girl was found dead hav­ing been stripped and ‘se­verely’ beaten around the head in a derelict farm­house in west Dublin.

Irish Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Ali Bracken, Ro­nan Smyth and Jane Griffin

Anas­ta­sia Kriegel suf­fered a ‘vi­o­lent and grue­some’ at­tack, and sea­soned mur­der de­tec­tives were ‘shocked’ by the bloody scene when she was dis­cov­ered on the Clonee Road in Lu­can at 1pm yes­ter­day.

Se­nior sources say there are ‘ini­tial in­di­ca­tions’ the teenager was sex­u­ally as­saulted be­fore she was mur­dered

and gar­daí sus­pect that – due to the sever­ity of her head in­juries – a weapon was used. Her clothes were found close to her body.

Anas­ta­sia – known as Ana – was brought up in a ‘lov­ing and car­ing’ fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment and is be­lieved to have been ‘very ac­tive’ on­line.

She was ‘par­tic­u­larly tech-savvy, as most teens are, and much more so than her par­ents’, se­nior sources told the Ir­ish Daily Mail.

Ana had a boyfriend, a cou­ple of years her se­nior, who has spo­ken to gar­daí and is, in no way, con­sid­ered a sus­pect.

One line of in­quiry is that she may have met her killer af­ter on­line mes­sag­ing. How­ever, sources stressed the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­mains ‘wide open’.

The teenager went miss­ing on Mon­day evening and the ini­tial med­i­cal ev­i­dence is that she was mur­dered the same night. She

‘Drink­ing den’ for lo­cal teens ‘She was quiet and loved dogs’

left her fam­ily home in Leixlip, Co. Kil­dare, at 5pm.

A male friend, around the same age, called to her home and they went to nearby St Cather­ine’s Park in Lu­can to meet a few school friends. Her home is within walk­ing dis­tance of the park.

A source said: ‘This would be a reg­u­lar enough rou­tine. She would go with her friends to the park and they would hang out, as teenagers do, in a very in­no­cent way. The only thing was that Anas­ta­sia never re­turned home.’

Her par­ents re­ported her miss­ing at 8pm on Mon­day. It is un­der­stood her fa­ther is a UK na­tional and re­tired col­lege lec­turer. Her mother works in a le­gal ca­pac­ity for a semi-state body.

Be­fore con­tact­ing gar­daí, her par­ents phoned the group of about four friends that she had been out with. They said they had last seen her at around 5.30pm in the park when they left to go home. Since the dis­cov­ery of her body, gar­daí again in­ter­viewed the friends. Sources say all of them are co-oper­at­ing fully.

Gar­daí had been con­duct­ing searches since Ana was re­ported miss­ing on Mon­day night.

Ana was a first-year stu­dent in Con­fey Col­lege in Leixlip.

She was also in­volved in the per­form­ing arts, in Dance LA, a dance academy in Leixlip. She was well-known and liked in the school and com­mu­nity.

Her phone was last ‘pinged’ – or recorded – as be­ing in St Cather­ine’s Park, where she was last seen with her friends.

The 200-acre site, which was searched by gar­daí for three days, stretches from Lu­can in Dublin to Leixlip in Co. Kil­dare and the nearby Clonee area.

The farm­house where Ana was dis­cov­ered is a ‘drink­ing den’ for lo­cal teens and is within the vicin­ity of the park.

It has been set on fire on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions. The rem­nants of drink and drug use and graf­fiti are ev­i­dent. Sev­eral win­dows are also smashed.

Gar­daí held a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day af­ter the dis­cov­ery of the tragic teen’s body.

Su­per­in­ten­dent John Gor­don, of Lu­can Garda sta­tion, said: ‘Gar­daí to­day, at ap­prox­i­mately 1pm, while con­duct­ing a search in re­la­tion to a miss­ing per­son, Anas­ta­sia Kr­ie­gal, oth­er­wise known as Ana, dis­cov­ered a body in a dis­used va­cant farm­house on the Clonee Road in Lu­can.’

He said Ana may not have been alone be­fore she went miss­ing and that will form part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. When asked how the fam­ily were deal­ing with this news, Supt Gor­don said they were ‘ex­tremely dis­tressed’ and they were ask­ing for pri­vacy at this time.

‘They have an­other child in that house and so they need to be very care­ful around that,’ he said.

Gar­daí said a post-mortem would be car­ried out ei­ther late last night or early this morn­ing, de­pend­ing on when the foren­sics are fin­ished at the scene.

‘We are ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic for their as­sis­tance at this time,’ Supt Gor­don said.

‘We are ap­peal­ing to any­body who was here in St Cather­ine’s Park from 5pm on­wards or there­abouts or on the Clonee Road on Mon­day, May 14, to con­tact the Garda in­ci­dent room in Lu­can Garda Sta­tion,’ he said.

‘We are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in peo­ple who may have been on the Clonee Road, who may have had dash-cam footage or may have just wit­nessed Ana in the park, or in­deed any in­for­ma­tion they have in re­la­tion to this.’

Dash-cam­eras are the lit­tle dig­i­tal cam­eras some mo­torists have on the dash­boards of their cars. Some cy­clists wear sim­i­lar cam­eras on their hel­mets.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Bernard Cald­well for the Cel­bridge-Leixlip area said that ev­ery­one is shocked by what had hap­pened to the teenager. He ex­tended his sym­pa­thies to her class­mates and the teach­ers at Con­fey Col­lege and he de­scribed her as ‘in­tel­li­gent’ and ‘pretty’ and said she had been ‘well-liked by ev­ery­one’.

A close friend of the fam­ily was dis­traught and said they didn’t know what to say to de­scribe the girl who they had known since she was ‘a tiny tot’.

The friend added: ‘She was quiet, loved dogs and was from a lovely fam­ily. She looked older than she was be­cause she was tall. She was re­ally just a big kid.’

Dance LA in Con­fey, a dance and mu­sic the­atre school, can­celled all classes yes­ter­day.

Her in­struc­tors had taken to Face­book in re­cent days to ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion on her where­abouts.

Just last month Ana took part in a school fash­ion show in the Spring­field ho­tel in Leixlip.

The show was held to raise money for the school’s fund.

She posed, along­side class­mates and teach­ers, in a full-length gold pat­terned dress and long ear­rings.

Killed: Anas­ta­sia Kriegel

Grue­some death: Anas­ta­sia Kriegel, 14

Scene: A foren­sic ex­pert and Dr Marie Cas­sidy, right, at the derelict farm­house in Lu­can yes­ter­day

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