School­girl (14) beaten to death, say gar­daí

De­tec­tives be­lieve teenager mur­dered shortly af­ter she was last seen

The Irish Times - - Front Page - CONOR LALLY Se­cu­rity and Crime Ed­i­tor

Gar­daí be­lieve school­girl Anas­ta­sia “Ana” Kriegel was beaten to death last Mon­day in a derelict farm build­ing in west Dublin where her body was found yes­ter­day.

The 14-year-old’s re­mains were dis­cov­ered dur­ing a search ef­fort less than 1km from St Cather­ine’s Park in Lu­can, where she was last seen alive at about 5.30pm on Mon­day.

While she had been the sub­ject of a miss­ing per­son’s in­quiry for three days, de­tec­tives now be­lieve she was mur­dered shortly af­ter she was last seen.

The teenager was naked when found and a pos­si­ble sexual mo­tive for her mur­der is be­ing ex­plored.

Friends

In­quiries are now ex­am­in­ing her last-known move­ments and specif­i­cally who she was with. She had been with at least two male friends in the park but they have said they went home and did not know where she went after­wards.

A first-year stu­dent at Con­fey Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Leixlip, Ana, who was adopted from Rus­sia when she was two by an Ir­ish-French cou­ple, was very pop­u­lar in her peer group, say gar­daí. She had re­cently run a Snapchat video log of a school sports day and an ex­am­i­na­tion of her so­cial me­dia ac­tiv­ity now forms part of the Garda in­quiry.

Sources said while she had been prone to de­pres­sion, she had been very happy of late and was en­joy­ing sec­ondary school. State Pathol­o­gist Prof Marie Cas­sidy was to carry out a pre­lim­i­nary ex­am­i­na­tion on Ana’s body at the scene last evening. Gar­daí said it was only when a full post­mortem had been car­ried out that the cause of death would be con­firmed and the sus­pi­cious death in­quiry would be up­graded to mur­der.

How­ever, Garda sources be­lieve Ana was beaten to death.

Supt John Gor­don, of Lu­can Garda sta­tion, re­quested pri­vacy for the fam­ily, who he said were dis­traught and had a younger child they wanted to pro­tect.

He said Anna’s fam­ily had re­ported her miss­ing at about 8pm on Mon­day, just three hours af­ter she left their home at New­town Park, Leixlip, and failed to re­turn.

Anas­ta­sia “Ana” Kriegel: pos­si­ble sexual mo­tive for her mur­der be­ing ex­plored

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