Ireland

Appeal to identify body found off Clare coast in 2010

Gardaí have launched a fresh appeal to the public to help identify the body of a man recovered in the sea at the Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare almost 11 years ago.

The Irish Coastguard recovered the body from the water, just off the coastline, on 30 July 2010.

Gardaí appeared on RTÉ’s Crimecall tonight to appeal for help in finding out the man’s identity.

They have been unable to identify the deceased, due to decomposition and the lack of any personal ID.

Clothing recovered from the body included black socks and black Velcro strap runners, bearing a label “Indonesia and Budapest”.

A DNA sample was forwarded to the Forensic Science Laboratory for testing, following a post-mortem examination.

A further sample was forwarded to Interpol and an Interpol Black Notice was circulated worldwide.

A palm print was also obtained and recorded for comparison purposes but no matches have been detected to date.

In 2011, a 3D craniofacial reconstruction was carried out by the Forensic Anthropology Department at the University of Dundee in Scotland as part of ongoing enquiries by An Garda Síochána.

In 2014, a forensic orthodontic examination of the remains concluded that the dental work had most likely been completed in mainland Europe.

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Inspector Helen Costello, from Ennistymon Garda Station in Co Clare, is appealing for the public’s help to identify the man.

“After nearly 11 years we remain fully committed to establishing the identity of this man in order to return him to his loved ones,” she said.

“If you have any information that may help our investigation, please contact Crimecall on 1800 40 50 60.”

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