Man found dead in Co Meath was shot three times

Kane McCormack, whose body was found in a field in Co Meath yesterday, was shot three times in the head, according to gardaí.

Mr McCormack, 24, was last seen alive at 5pm on Friday evening after he told his partner that he was going to meet someone - writes rte.ie.

However when he failed to return, she became concerned for his safety and reported him missing to gardaí.

His car was later found parked at a supermarket in Clonee.

It is believed Mr McCormackwas taken to a field in Walterstown in CoMeath where he was shot in the head.

His body was found yesterday morning.

Gardaí believe that Mr McCormackis the 12thvictim of the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud. It is also believed that he was the son of another victim killed by one of the two gangs in December last year.

Officers believe that the killers may have been in the area a number of times prior to the killing as they planned the murder.

Gardaí said Mr McCormack parked his 04-D silver Peugeot 307 in the Aldi supermarket car park in Clonee village at 5pm on Friday. He then got into a black saloon-type car, which turned right towards Dunboyne.

Shortly after 6pm, gardaí in Finglas responded to a call that a black Audi saloon car was on fire just off the M50 at Meakstown Cottages.

Gardaí are trying to establish any link between the murder and this black Audi car.

Superintendent James Cannon has appealed to anyonewho was in Clonee village, particularly in the Aldi car park, at or around 5pm on Friday evening and who may have noticed either of the vehicles.

Supt Cannon also appealedto anyone who drove the road through Walterstownafter 5pm and who may have noticed a black saloonparked on the road, and to anyonewho was in the vicinity of Meakstown Cottages or Balseskin Reception Centre at around 6pm and who may have noticed any suspicious activity around the burnt-out Audi car.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have dashcams or who were in or close to any of the locations to contact Ashbourne Garda Station on 01-8010600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

The murder scene remains sealed off today as the forensic examination continues and house to houseinquiries in the area are to be conducted.

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