Gardaí have recovered further human remains, believed to be a decapitated head, in a burnt-out car found overnight.
It follows the discovery of four limbs in a sports bag that was dumped on a footpath in a north Dublin suburb on Monday night.
Detectives suspect the remains are linked and are those of a 17-year-old boy from Drogheda, Co Louth, who has been missing since Sunday and against whom a grisly death threat was made previously.
Senior sources said they are still awaiting the results of DNA tests, taken from the limbs, until they can confirm the identity of the victim. That is expected to emerge later today.
It is understood the teenager was involved in the violent gang feud in Drogheda and may have been targeted by one of the sides, although the reason why is not yet clear.
Searches in five areas in Drogheda were conducted overnight, including in Moneymore and Rathmullen Park estates, both heavily affected by the feud.
Experienced officers said that whatever the reason, the murder and dismemberment of a juvenile would mark a “new low” and an “escalation” in violence meeted out by drug gangs.
“This type of violence is not completely unusual, but what is different, if the DNA tests confirm it is him, is the age of the victim,” said one garda source.
Gardaí have said the decision to leave the initial remains in public, in an estate in Coolock, was "Mafia-style" in its bid to intimidate not just rivals, but communities.
At 1.30am on Wednesday, gardaí recovered a car on fire on a laneway off Clonliffe Avenue in Drumcondra, on the northside of the city.
A statement issued this morning by Garda HQ said: “Partial body remains have been located in this burnt-out vehicle and, due to the nature of the incident, it will be some time before proper identification can be confirmed.
“The Garda Technical Bureau have been notified and the Office of the State Pathologist and the Coroner have been notified. The assistance of Forensic Science Ireland will also be sought.”
Gardaí will be eager to locate the scenes where the murder and dismemberment took place.
A Garda statement or press conference is likely to follow the formal identification.
By Vivienne Clarke
Minister for Finance and Fine Gael’s director of elections, Paschal Donohoe has told of how he has experienced “the cycle of terror” in his own constituency.
He was commenting on the finding of human remains in a burnt out car in Drumcondra in Dublin at 1.30am on Wednesday. Gardaí believe the discovery is linked to the disappearance of a 17-year-old boy in Co Louth on Sunday night.
The teenager was reported missing by his family who are concerned for his welfare. The partial human remains were found after Dublin Fire Brigade extinguished a burning car on a laneway at Trinity Terrace off Clonliffe Road.
“There's a family now dealing with intense grief, and the most profound anxiety regarding a member of their own family,” Mr Donohoe told RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland,
“Within my own constituency I do have experience of the cycle of terror, of the cycle of fear that organised crime can bring and this is the reason why Minister Charlie Flanagan has ensured we are recruiting 700 gardai per year and it's the reason we've resourced the armed emergency unit within the Garda Siochana.”
Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesperson Jim O'Callaghan, speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, said the depravity was reaching new levels. He said there was a need to recognise that the areas most affected by drug and gangland crimes are deprived areas. That is where resources need to be concentrated, he said.
By Digital Desk staff
Human remains have been found in a burnt out car in Drumcondra in Dublin.
Gardaí are currently at the scene on Trinity Terrace, off Clonliffe Avenue in the capital.
"Partial body remains have been located in this burnt out vehicle and due to the nature of the incident it will be some time before proper identification can be confirmed," a garda spokesperson said.
The Garda Technical Bureau have been notified and the Office of the State Pathologist and the Coroner have been notified and the assistance of Forensic Science Ireland will also be sought, the spokesperson added.
A forensic examination of the scene is to take place.
RTÉ are reporting that gardaí believe the discovery is linked to a missing teenager from Co Louth.
Additional reporting Digital Desk