Schoolgirl (14) beaten to death, say gardaí
Detectives believe teenager murdered shortly after she was last seen
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.
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