A Swiss student found murdered in inner-city scrubland was suffocated to death, it was revealed today.
The body of Manuela Riedo, from Berne, was found by a dog walker on waste ground beside railway lines in Galway city at around 9.30am yesterday.
A post-mortem revealed the 17-year-old died from asphyxiation.
A pathway through the waste ground near where the body was found is used every day by students as a shortcut on their way to and from college and the city centre and the popular Renmore area where many of them live.
The narrow, unlit route is about 20ft below the railway lines.
It allows students to reach Renmore in 25 minutes rather than taking the long route around Lough Atalia.
Gardaí said a full murder investigation was now under way.
The Swiss Embassy in Dublin has also launched an inquiry.
A spokeswoman said: “We are investigating the matter.”
It is understood that Manuela only arrived in Galway in the last week to learn English.