‘Murder’ thriller as lacking man, 28, discovered ‘shot lifeless’ in Dublin and suspect, 30, questioned
A MAN is questioned after the body of a missing person with apparent gunshot wounds was found in an apartment.
And a murder investigation was launched when the victim was identified at the scene as Sean McCarthy, 28, who was reported missing from his home last Tuesday.
Sean McCarthy, 28, was reported missing from his home last Tuesday
A murder investigation was launched
His remains were discovered at the flat on Achill Road in Drumcondra, Dublin on Saturday.
He is believed to have sustained fatal gunshot wounds.
A man in his 30s was arrested and questioned by Gardai last night at a Garda station in north Dublin, where he may be held for up to seven days.
The arrested man and the victim are believed to have known each other.
One line of inquiry being investigated is that McCarthy was involved in drug debt collection and may have owed money to local mobsters.
Sean, who is from Ballymun, was reported missing by his mother on Tuesday.
A number of searches were carried out during the week, including one at the Royal Canal on Friday.
But Gardai could not find Sean and a missing persons appeal was launched on Saturday.
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Sean was last seen alive in the Drumcondra area and his family and Gardai said they were “concerned for his welfare and trying to locate him”.
After searching an apartment in Drumcondra, Garda members have recovered his remains and the missing persons appeal has been dropped.
The Achill Road crime scene was cordoned off for much of yesterday.
Mr McCarthy’s body was taken to the city morgue in the afternoon for a post-mortem examination.
An area of Griffith Park in Drumcondra was also cordoned off in the morning as part of the investigation and two footbridges were temporarily closed.
Members of the Garda Water Unit conducted searches of a body of water within the park.
Cops had received information that Mr McCarthy was meeting with his friends along the canal.
An interim depot has been set up at Ballymun Garda Station and the investigation is ongoing.
Tributes to Sean were flooding online, with a pal saying: “Absolutely no words, just shocking. Sean McCarthy rests in perfect paradise. Look out for your family and friends during this devastating time, they need it.
“Hold your loved ones extra, you just don’t know when their last words are to you.” Another said, “Love you bro.”
Another pal wrote online: “Thinking of the McCarthy/Duffy family at this devastating time. You couldn’t surround Sean McCarthy without giggling. The life and soul of every party. RIP Sean, you will not be forgotten.”
And another said: “Such devastating news in Ballymun today. What a lovely guy you were.
“Thinking of the whole family at this terrible time. Rest in peace Sean McCarthy.”
A resident who has lived in the block of flats for over three years said that everyone in the building was extremely concerned about the grim find.
She told The Irish Sun: “I was coming home from work at maybe 1.30am and I saw the Gardai. I could not believe it.
“I was just recently talking to a friend about what a beautiful and peaceful place it is to live here, now look what happened. I can’t believe it, I really can’t.”
Another neighbor said: “I’ve lived here for six years and I’ve never seen anything like this, I’m shocked. I can’t believe this could have happened so close.”
Parish Councilor Mary Callaghan said: “I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family, it is so shocking what has happened. I am thinking of his friends and the whole community at this time.”
Gardai have asked witnesses to get in touch with them.
A spokesman said yesterday: “Gardai in Ballymun is investigating all circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body of a man in his late 20s at Drumcondra, Dublin 9, on Saturday 6 August.
“The deceased was discovered by Gardai at a flat on Achill Road, Drumcondra on Saturday night.
“The Office of the State Pathologist and Garda Technical Bureau have been notified and an autopsy is to be arranged.
“An area of Griffith Park, Drumcondra, has also been cordoned off as part of the investigation.
“A man in his 30s has been arrested and is currently being held at a Garda station in north Dublin under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.”
McCarthy is believed to have sustained fatal gunshot wounds.