Grue­some dis­cov­ery in road­side ditch

Gorey Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By BREN­DAN KEANE

GAR­DAÍ are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the grue­some dis­cov­ery of skele­tal hu­man re­mains on a road­side ditch near Ferns.

The grim dis­cov­ery was made at around 11 a.m. yes­ter­day morn­ing at Ballyan­drew, by two lo­cal peo­ple out walk­ing.

News of the dis­cov­ery sent shock waves through­out Ferns and be­yond yes­ter­day as peo­ple grap­pled to un­der­stand how hu­man re­mains could lay undis­cov­ered close to a busy road­way for what may have been some length of time.

The area where the re­mains are lo­cated was sealed off last night pend­ing a tech­ni­cal ex­am­i­na­tion.

Sergeant Colm Matthews from En­nis­cor­thy Garda Sta­tion said the gar­dai are hop­ing the State Pathol­o­gist will help them de­ter­mine whether the per­son died in sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances or as a re­sult of nat­u­ral causes.

GAR­DAI are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the grue­some dis­cov­ery of skele­tal hu­man re­mains on a road­side ditch near Ferns.

The grim dis­cov­ery was made at around 11 a.m. yes­ter­day morn­ing at Ballyan­drew, by two lo­cal peo­ple out walk­ing.

News of the dis­cov­ery sent shock waves through­out Ferns and north Wex­ford yes­ter­day as peo­ple grap­pled to un­der­stand how hu­man re­mains could lay undis­cov­ered close to a busy road­way for what may have been some length of time.

Speak­ing to this news­pa­per yes­ter­day Sergeant Colm Matthews from En­nis­cor­thy Garda Sta­tion said the area where the re­mains were lo­cated was im­me­di­ately sealed off.

Mem­bers of the Garda tech­ni­cal unit at­tended the scene to as­sist lo­cal gar­dai in de­ter­min­ing the cir­cum­stances lead­ing to the per­son’s death.

Sgt Matthews said the lo­cal gar­dai were also await­ing the as­sis­tance of the state pathol­o­gist to de­ter­mine the sex of the re­mains and to as­cer­tain how long the body may have been at the scene.

The gar­dai are also hop­ing the state pathol­o­gist will help them de­ter­mine whether the per­son died in sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances or as a re­sult of nat­u­ral causes.

‘At the mo­ment we don’t know whether the cause of death is sus­pi­cious or not,’ said Sgt Matthews.

It’s be­lieved the re­mains may be that of a fe­male, how­ever, the Gar­dai said con­fir­ma­tion of the sex of the re­mains would not be as­cer­tained un­til af­ter the state pathol­o­gist’s ex­am­i­na­tion.

‘We also don’t know at this stage whether the body is that of a male of fe­male,’ he added.

Due to fad­ing day­light yes­ter­day evening it was ex­pected the pathol­o­gist’s ex­am­i­na­tion of the body will not take place un­til this morn­ing and the area where the re­mains are lo­cated was sealed off overnight.

‘The re­mains were dis­cov­ered by two peo­ple out walk­ing and was lo­cated on the ditch be­side the road,’ said Sgt Matthews.

There was a large garda pres­ence at the scene through­out the day yes­ter­day.

Gar­daí at the scene on Mon­day.

A garda car blocks the road to where skele­tal re­mains were found near Ferns.

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