Wicklow Mountains: Man arrested after female body parts found

Members of the Defence Forces and Gardai search the the Sally Gap to Lacken Road in the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains

A man has been arrested following the grisly discovery of a chopped up woman's body in the Wicklow Mountains.

The butchered remains of a head and hands were found in a plastic bag today - just three days after the victim’s torso was discovered by tourists.

The man, in his early 30s, was arrested in Co Wexford late this evening as part of the murder investigation and is currently being held in Garda custody.

Gardai confirmed today the chopped off limbs were of an unidentified woman.

They were also found on the side of the road and “dispersed in an indiscriminate manner”. They were dumped from a car or a van.

The gruesome discovery was made by walkers who raised the alarm before 1pm in an area about 3km north of Glenmacnass Waterfall on the Glenmacnass to Sally Gap road in Co Wicklow.

The latest find was made in an area spanning about a 20km radius and followed two earlier discoveries of human remains on Saturday and Sunday, which officers believe are connected to the same deceased person.

Garda Supt Pat Ward of Bray Garda Station said investigators have identified a “pattern” as they piece together the clues of the murder investigation.

He said: “It seems that a vehicle travelled either from the north to the south on Military Road or the opposite way around and as that car travelled around it seems that the body parts were discarded in this cruel manner.”

A Garda spokesman said: "Gardai in Bray investigating the discovery of human remains in the general area of Military Road / Laragh area have confirmed that additional body parts were discovered today, which were earlier believed to be a male.

"Investigating Gardaí are appealing to members of the public who were in the general area of Military Road / Laragh in the recent past and who may have seen anything suspicious or unusual to contact the incident room at Bray Garda Station on 01-666 5300, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

"As part of this ongoing murder investigation a man is his early 30s was arrested."

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