THE mystery surrounding the death of County Limerick woman Margaret Seery two decades ago has deepened after it emerged that most of her vital organs were missing when her body was exhumed last week.
The body of Ms Seery (42), who was originally from Rathkeale, was found in an apartment in Dublin in October 1994 with gardai ruling out foul play at the time.
However, the investigation into her death was re-opened during the summer after a man walked into a Dublin garda station claiming that he strangled her.
As part of the investigation, which is being led by detectives from the Cold Case Unit, her body was exhumed last week to facilitate a post mortem examination by the deputy State Pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis.
According to reports in today’s Irish Independent, Dr Curtis has informed gardai that Ms Seery’s hyoid bone, was missing along with most of her vital organs.
Gardai have now launched a second investigation in an effort to establish the whereabouts of the organs which could prove pivotal in solving the suspected crime.
Ms Seery’s family have been informed of the development as has the Coroner for County Limerick, Brendan Nix SC.