Foul play not suspected in Ferns body discovery

The scene at Ballyandrew, Ferns, where skeletal remains were discovered on Monday morning.

Gardai at Enniscorthy believe that a woman whose body was found in a ditch at Ballyandrew, Ferns, by a local woman out walking her dog on Monday morning, was not the victim of foul play.
Assistant State Pathologist, Dr Linda Mulligan, performed a post mortem at University Hospital Waterford on Tuesday, and it is believed that the woman had not suffered any trauma of injury as a result of foul play.
Gardaí are still trying to establish the woman’s identity and may have to obtain dental records to confirm the woman’s identity as the remains were in an advanced state of decomposition.
Documents found in a rucksack recovered near the remains which belong to an Italian woman with UK connections who was living rough, travelling in counties Wicklow and Wexford, are still being examined by Gardaí.
Members of the public had contacted Gardaí concerned about the Italian woman’s nomadic lifestyle. It is understood Gardaí logged the last report of her was in the Dublin and Wicklow areas around September 2017.
While Gardaí have been unable to say how exactly the skeletal remains were at the scene in Ballyandrew, they do not believe they were there more than two years.
In a statement on Tuesday evening Gardaí said; “It has been established that the body is that of a female in her 50s and has been there for approximately 12 months. Further toxicology tests results are awaited but there is nothing at this stage to indicate any suspicious circumstances. Investigations, including DNA tests are ongoing to confirm the identity of the body”.
Investigations are continuing and any person with information is asked to contact Enniscorthy Garda Station on 053 9242580, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any garda station.

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