THERE is mounting speculation that two men shot dead and dumped in the south of France last year may be Irish.
Gardaí are among a number of European police forces who have been called in by the French police to help try to identify the two bodies.
The remains are believed to be those of a father and son, which were wrapped in oriental rugs and found dumped in separate locations near the town of Perpignan.
Both men, dubbed X and Y by investigators, had been shot in the head, apparently while kneeling.
Their remains were found by a farmer and a hunter 3km apart.
The father is believed to be aged between 50 and 60, balding and approximately 1.71m in height. The son is aged between 35 and 40, approximately 1.79m in height and with red hair dyed brown.
Their features were badly degraded from months wrapped in carpet and plastic bags but authorities were able to reconstruct images of their faces.
Since their bodies were found on November 25, Interpol has led the attempt to identify them.
According to reports in the French media, the men’s clothes initially made investigators suspect they were from Germany. The theory was that they were killed as part of the “kebab murders” of the Turkish community in that country.
However, now French investigators are probing reports that the two men may have been among 50 Irish people staying in a local campsite prior to the discovery of the bodies.
The group is understood to have been made up of a number of “Bitumeurs” — people who scam private home owners into having their driveways replaced.
The scammers lay a surface so thin it breaks up soon after it is laid.
While the Department of Foreign Affairs has said the Irish Embassy in Paris is in touch with local police, gardaí have said there is no indication as yet that the victims are Irish.
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