Scientists create image of dead man found in woods

SCIENTISTS have created an image of how they believe a man whose body was found in a Galway woods three years ago might have looked.

The death was not considered to have been suspicious but gardaí have been unable to return the remains to the man’s family since they were discovered by a group of hunters near the shores of Lough Inagh on December 8, 2006.

Clues at the scene included a soft drinks bottle with a 2005 expiry date, which the West Galway coroner Dr Ciaran MacLoughlin said was consistent with analysis of the body suggesting the man died late in 2005 or a year before he was discovered.

A set of prescription sunglasses found with the man suggest he may be German, while scientific analysis showing the man had female and male DNA indicates he would have had a bone marrow transplant at some time. The cause of death was uncertain but dental configuration indicated he had a lot of very expensive gold work, which the dental forensic examiner felt was done in either Britain or Germany.

The investigation is to be highlighted in tonight’s Crimecall programme on RTÉ One television, with a recreation of the scientific techniques used to help the coroner’s office in the identification process.

Dr MacLoughlin enlisted the help of NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for Human Rights, where PhD student Éadaoin O’Brien recommended facial reconstruction techniques to produce an image of what the man might have looked like. The image was created and experts at Dundee University’s anatomy and human identification department used an MRI scan to build up an image of his face, which will be broadcast during tonight’s programme.

The producers will also show some of the contents of the black holdall bag found with the man.

“One of the possibilities is that his family think that he’s gone elsewhere in the world. Not to western Europe or to Ireland and that they may very well be looking for him. They may think that he’s in another part of the world altogether,” said Dr MacLoughlin.

* Crimecall is on RTÉ One television at 10.15pm tonight.


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