Foul play not ruled out in case of body in burnt car

Gardaí have not yet ruled out foul play in the death of a woman whose body was found in the burnt-out remains of a car near Dundalk, Co Louth, on Thursday night.

Deputy state pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar yesterday carried out a preliminary examination of the remains at the scene of the car fire at Giles Quay on the coast between Dundalk and Carlingford.

But the body was only removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda in the afternoon and a full postmortem examination will not be begin there until this morning.

Initially, it was feared that there may be a link between the death and the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe who was shot dead at Lordship less than two miles away in January.

That is no longer believed to be the case, but it was unclear last night how exactly the woman died or if she was already dead by the time the car went ablaze.

It is believed she drove to the scene alone and her car caught the attention of a passer-by who noticed the windows fogged up at around 7pm. It burst into flames a short time later and was completely destroyed within minutes.

Gardaí preserved the scene at the popular walking and camping spot overnight and officers from the Garda Technical Bureau carried out a detailed forensic examination.

The death has shocked local people in an area that has witnessed a number of troubling incidents in recent times.

The area was still shaken by the discovery of the bodies of two Dublin men in a burnt-out stolen car in Ravensdale Forest Park near Dundalk last year when it was further rocked by the murder of Det Garda Donohoe.

Garda in Dundalk have issued an appeal for anyone with information about the Giles Quay death or who saw anyone acting unusually in the area earlier on Thursday to come forward.

An inquest will be scheduled following completion of the postmortem examination today.


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