Garda man­hunt as school­girl is found beaten to death

Gar­daí be­lieve tragic Ana (14) may have known killer

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TRAGIC school­girl Ana Kriegel was vi­ciously beaten and left to die in a derelict farm­house shortly af­ter she went miss­ing, gar­daí be­lieve.

The naked and se­verely in­jured body of the 14-year-old was dis­cov­ered in an aban­doned build­ing off the Clonee Road in Lu­can, Co Dublin, yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

She died from se­vere blunt trauma to the head.

The farhmouse where the grim dis­cov­ery was made is not far from where Ms Kriegel was last seen on Mon­day evening.

Her fam­ily had re­ported her miss­ing at nearby Leixlip garda sta­tion about 8pm that day af­ter they be­came con­cerned for her safety. Gar­daí im­me­di­ately launched a search for the teenager.

A source said the mur­der scene was “hor­rific”, adding: “There was a lot of blood. It was aw­ful.”

It is un­der­stood a “sig­nif­i­cant line” in the mur­der in­ves­tiga- tion was that Ana may have been killed by some­one who was known to her.

Gar­daí are prob­ing if this per­son was with the school­girl in St Cather­ine’s Park, Lu­can, when she was last seen alive.

A first year stu­dent at Con­fey Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Ana was de­scribed as a “par­tic­u­larly strik­ing teenager” who was well known within her school and lo­cal com­mu­nity.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also said her fam­ily had been left ex­tremely dis­tressed by her mur­der.

Gar­daí have launched a hunt for the killer and Supt John Gor­don of Lu­can garda sta­tion said de­tec­tives were fol­low­ing a num­ber of lines of in­quiry.

He added: “As you can imag­ine at this time (her fam­ily) are re­ceiv­ing a lot of sup­port from An Garda Síochána but they are ex­tremely dis­tressed and they are also look­ing for the pub­lic as­sis­tance, and pri­vacy at his time as well.”

TRAGIC school­girl Ana Kriegel was vi­ciously beaten and left to die in a derelict farm­house shortly af­ter she went miss­ing, gar­dai be­lieve.

The se­verely in­jured body of the 14-year-old was dis­cov­ered in a build­ing off the Clonee Road in Lu­can yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Gar­daí be­lieve that the teenager was stripped, beaten and left to die within hours of be­ing re­ported miss­ing by her par­ents on Mon­day night.

A sig­nif­i­cant line in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is that she was killed by some­one known to her and a full mur­der probe has been launched. It is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated if this per­son was with Ana in St Cather­ine’s Park, Lu­can, at around 5.30pm when she was last seen alive.

Her body was found at the farm­house just off the Clonee Road in Lu­can.

A first-year stu­dent at Con­fey Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Ana Kriegel was de­scribed as a “par­tic­u­larly strik­ing teenager” who was well known within her school and lo­cal com­mu­nity. In­ves­ti­ga­tors also said that her fam­ily have been left ex­tremely dis­tressed by her tragic death.

Due to the se­ri­ous na­ture of the crime, lo­cal gar­daí are re­ceiv­ing as­sis­tance from a num­ber of garda units in­clud­ing de­tec­tives from the Na­tional Bureau of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBCI).

Her fam­ily grew in­creas­ingly con­cerned when she did not re­turn home, and con­tacted Leixlip garda sta­tion at around

8pm on Mon­day night. Fol­low­ing a three-day search, her re­mains were dis­cov­ered in a derelict farm­house around

2km from where she was last sighted.

The scene was pre­served and the prop­erty was ex­am­ined by mem­bers of the Garda Tech­ni­cal Bureau yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Gar­daí are try­ing to find out if Ana had made an ar­range­ment to meet up with some­body that evening and are check­ing out all mo­bile de­vices she might have used and look­ing at her ac­tiv­ity on so­cial me­dia on Mon­day and in the pre­vi­ous few days.

The park where Ms Kriegel was last seen alive is a pop­u­lar spot fre­quented by fam­i­lies with chil­dren.

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

But just a few hun­dred me­tres away to­wards the Clonee Road, the derelict prop­erty where Ana was dis­cov­ered paints a far bleaker place.

The farm­house and sur­round­ing prop­erty has been derelict for many years, and is a place fre­quented nowa­days only by lo­cal youths as a hang­out spot.

So­cial Democrats TD Cather­ine Mur­phy said she has been close friends with Ana’s fam­ily for decades. Ms Mur­phy said she had only spo­ken to Ms Kriegel’s par­ents on Wed­nes­day night.

When she wasn’t con­tactable her par­ents went to the lo­cal garda sta­tion al­most im­me­di­ately. “They’re ab­so­lutely heart­bro­ken,” Ms Mur­phy said.

“They didn’t waste any time when she didn’t turn up at home, not com­mu­ni­cat­ing with her fam­ily was out of char­ac­ter en­tirely.

“They went to the guards at half past eight. This was just not like her,” she added.

De­scrib­ing Ana, Ms Mur­phy said that the young teenager loved dogs and had a tight-knit group of friends. “Ana was tall for her age, but she was a big kid,” Ms Mur­phy said.

“She loved dogs, she’d have you pestered about what type of dog was this or that.”

Ms Kriegel was also in­volved in the per­form­ing arts, prac­tic­ing in a dance academy in Leixlip. Last night, State pathol­o­gist Marie Cas­sidy con­ducted a pre­lim­i­nary ex­am­i­na­tion of the school­girl’s re­mains. Supt John Gor­don, of Lu­can garda sta­tion, said the fam­ily are “ex­tremely dis­tressed”.

Ana Kriegel was last seen at a park in Lu­can, Co Dublin, on Mon­day evening

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