A CRUCIFIX was found alongside skeletal remains discovered in Cork, the Irish Sun can reveal.
Gardai have completed their examination of the site where the body of a woman was discovered by Council workers clearing undergrowth for a new Greenway two weeks ago.
Late last week more bones and materials were found at the old railway line which once linked Cork City with the popular seaside resort of Youghal, near the Shanty Gate close to a bridge on the Dungourney Road.
These were in addition to the considerable amount of bones recovered from the overgrown site, which is close to a river, commencing with the gruesome discovery on January 5.
A skull was first uncovered by a digger operator who was clearing the undergrowth along the old railway line about 3km from Midleton town.
He stopped work and informed Gardai of the discovery.
The work on the multi-million euro Greenway development by Cork County Council was immediately stopped and the area closed off while a full search was done including fingertip searches by Gardai.
Bones were discovered over the days including the last ones a few days ago.
As a result there is now almost a complete skeleton found and being examined by the experts.
All the bones were transferred to the Morgue in Cork University Hospital where they were examined by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster and a forensic anthropologist.
It’s understood the investigation has revealed that the remains are possibly those of an elderly woman who was dressed in a nightgown.
Items of clothing and an item of jewellery, as well as a Crucifix were found near the remains.
They are also being examined as possible clues in identifying the person’s identity.
But, according to a senior Garda source, they are hoping that DNA samples taken from the remains and sent for analysis to Dublin will provide an answer to the mystery of the woman in the undergrowth who has been there for over a decade.
It’s understood no-one has been in contact with Gardai regarding loved ones missing in the area, or indeed the country over a lengthy period.
Files on missing persons are being compiled by the investigating team including those of missing Youghal woman Tina Satchwell who has not been seen since she disappeared almost four years ago in March 2017.
As yet Gardai have not made a public appeal for help in trying to identify the body.
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A senior source said: “If the person is in the national DNA data base then we are very likely to get an identity.
“There has been no decision as to the course the case will follow until after the DNA results are received and then decisions will be made.”
The death of the woman has been deemed suspicious by Gardai and they are not saying if there are signs of trauma to the bones recovered.