Murder probe after body found

A MURDER investigation was launched in Limerick last night after gardaí found the body of man reported missing in the city last Thursday.

The family of the missing man, named locally as Lee Slattery, received a phone call on Sunday, telling them his body had been buried in open ground near Moyross.

After searches by the family failed to locate the body, gardaí were alerted yesterday afternoon.

Within hours, a location was cordoned off and the garda technical bureau were on their way to the city last night to supervise the management of the site. A preliminary dig last night revealed that human remains were at the site.

Gardaí believe the remains are that of a so called “low level” drugs dealer. Members of the family of a 25-year-old man from nearby Ballynanty alerted gardaí after they carried futile out searches in the area following an anonymous phone call. Local sources last night said he may have been “taken out” by people know, to him in a similar own-gang murder of 19-year-old James Cronin, in April, 2008.

Mr Cronin was shot dead and placed in a shallow grave near Ballinacurra Weston.

He was a member of the McCarthy-Dundon gang and was involved in a murder carried out with another member of the gang a number of days previously.

A gang boss ordered his murder, fearing he would “grass” on senior gang members if brought in for Garda questioning.

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