Human remains have been found in a burned-out car in Dublin today, less than 48 hours after after dismembered limbs were discovered in a sports bag nearby.
Ireland’s Garda police found the partial remains today after firefighters extinguished the burning vehicle in north Dublin in the early hours of this morning.
Detectives suspect the two grim discoveries in three days are linked and fear that the body parts are those of a missing 17-year-old.
It is feared that the teenager was killed in a feud between drugs gangs and he is believed to have been threatened shortly before his death.
A forensic tent at the scene where human remains were found in a burned-out car in Dublin today in what police suspect is linked to a drugs feud
Today’s discovery comes less than 48 hours after human body parts were found in a sports bag in Coolock (police are pictured at the scene yesterday)
Firefighters found the burning car in Drumcondra at around 1.30am today, less than eight miles from where the legs and arms were found on Monday night.
The victim has not yet been named and police say it may be some time before the remains can be properly identified.
However, they suspect that the remains discovered today could be the rest of the same person’s body, the Irish Times reports.
Police had been hunting for the rest of the body since a group of teenagers found the abandoned limbs in a sports bag in Coolock on Monday night.
The case is thought be linked to the Drogheda feud between rival gangs based in the town on the east coast of Ireland.
According to the Irish Independent, the suspected victim was just a few weeks short of his 18th birthday and heavily involved in gangland warfare.
Police believe he was behind a series of arson attacks and he was convicted of an intimidation campaign against a local family last year.
Irish police officers man a cordon this morning after human remains were discovered in a burned-out car in north Dublin – the second grim discovery in three days
A Garda police officer at the scene this morning where human remains were found in a car – with detectives on the hunt for missing body parts
It is thought that the sports bag containing the limbs were dumped out of a car and may have been left as a symbolic warning to the gang.
The car was said to be driving ‘erratically’ and ‘speeding and screeching around the estate’, witnesses said.
The victim’s hands had apparently been mutilated in a possible attempt to hinder fingerprint analysis.
Detectives believe that a senior criminal in one of the gangs may have ordered the teenager’s killing.
Sources described the ongoing feuding as among ‘the most violent and brutal that this country has ever seen’.
Police opened the line of enquiry relating to the drugs feud after examining their list of missing people and urging people with concerns over a friend or relative to get in touch.
The Garda Technical Bureau, the office of the State pathologist and the coroner have been notified about the latest finding
Dublin Central lawmaker Paschal Donohoe said organised crime was bringing a ‘cycle of terror’ to parts of his constituency.
‘I want to acknowledge that within my own constituency I do have experience of the cycle of terror, of the cycle of fear that organised crime can bring,’ he said.
Hailing his party’s efforts to tackle the problem in government, he said police recruitment and ‘community investment’ were ‘dealing with the kind of terror’.
Fianna Fail deputy leader Dara Calleary described it as a massive human tragedy.
‘It is true to say that this is not just one area,’ he added.
‘When you reduce investment in programmes such as the urban renewal project you take away opportunities from people.
‘The garda drug units across the country will tell you they do not have enough (gardai).’
The Garda Technical Bureau, the office of the State pathologist and the coroner have been notified about the latest finding.
Police said they have requested the help of Forensic Science Ireland.