Murder investigation launched following discovery of teenage girl's body in Dublin

Gardaí believe the remains are those of missing 14-year-old Anastasia Kriegel

Murder investigation launched following discovery of teenage girl's body in Dublin

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Updated 13.50

Gardaí have launched a murder investigation into the death of a 14-year-old girl in Dublin.

The body was discovered at a disused house on the Clonee Road in the Lucan area yesterday during a search for missing Anastasia (Ana) Kriegel.

Ana was last seen at St Catherine's Park in Lucan at 5.30pm on Monday, close to the disused house.

She was a first-year student at Confey College secondary school in Leixlip.

In a statement, the school said: "This is a terrible tragedy for the Kriegel family, our school and our community.

"We are deeply saddened by Anastasia's death. Our deepest sympathy to Anastasia’s family and friends."

The school says pastoral care systems are in place to help students cope with the tragedy, while psychologists will be supporting and advising teachers.

Anastasia Kriegel

North Kildare TD Catherine Murphy is a family friend of the Kriegels.

She said: "The family are finding this very difficult, very understandably.

"They want their privacy to be respected, and I think that's important to reiterate."

She added: "I think people are afraid as well, and until this is resolved people will continue to feel that. This is just such an unusual crime that it's very hard to process it, and I'd say the community are feeling that."

Appeal for information

Superintendent John Gordon from Lucan Garda Station said every support is being given to Ana's family following the discovery of the body yesterday.

A post-mortem examination has taken place.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Lucan Garda Station on 01-666-7300 or Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.

They say they are keen to talk to anybody who was in St Catherine's Park or the Clonee Road from 5pm on Monday May 14th.

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