Drogheda feud: Police issue images warning after murder

Keane Mulready-Woods Image copyright An Garda Siochána
Image caption Keane Mulready-Woods was reported missing by his family on Sunday night

Police investigating the murder of a County Louth teenager are investigating reports of images and videos circulating on social messaging apps.

The remains of 17-year-old Keane Mulready-Woods were found on a road in Coolock on Monday night

The body of the teenager, who was reported missing on Sunday night, had been dismembered.

Gardaí (Irish police) said the images being shared are unverified, but are distressing to Keane's family.

They said if they are verified they "are disrespectful images of the deceased and provide false support to the perpetrators of this brutal crime".

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Image caption Gardaí at the scene of a burn-out vehicle in Dublin where some remains were found

On Wednesday night gardaí said the remains were those of the teenager who had been reported missing by his family.

The discovery of his limbs on Monday night sparked an intensive investigation into organised crime, feuding gangs and murder.

Police also believe that human remains found in a burning stolen car at Trinity Lane off Clonliffe Avenue in Ballybough in the early hours of Wednesday morning are those of Keane, but they are waiting on DNA confirmation.

Gardaí believe the murder is related to the ongoing feud between two Drogheda criminal gangs, which has now cost three lives.

However, investigators said it should be remembered the victim was a child "trying to find his way in life".

The teenager's body was dismembered as those involved sought to leave his remains at various locations in Dublin and Louth.

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Image caption A house in Rathmullen Park Drogheda was also searched

Gardaí are searching for the clothes Keane was wearing and issued photographs of a similar outfit on their Facebook page.

As part of their investigation, gardaí sealed off a house as a crime scene in Rathmullen Park in Drogheda and blocked off the laneway at the back.

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Image caption Gardaí released pictures of a coat similar to that worn by the teenager on Sunday night
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Image caption The victim was wearing a baseball cap with this logo when he disappeared

Specialists are reported to have discovered traces of blood and evidence of an attempt at a clean-up.

They are investigating the possibility that the teenager may have been taken and attacked.

Three other locations linked to the main figures in both feuding gangs have also been searched.