Gardaí are calling on the public not to share images and videos appearing to relate to the brutal murder of Drogheda teenager Keane Mulready-Woods.
Investigators said the images, shared on social messaging apps, remain unverified.
In a statement, they said the images are distressing to Keane’s family and, if they turn out to be genuine, are “disrespectful to the deceased and provide false support to the perpetrators of this brutal crime.”
“Gardaí are asking people not to share this material,” reads the statement.
The teenager’s remains were found in a sports bag in Coolock in Dublin on Monday night.
Gardaí are continuing to investigate whether a separate set of remains discovered in a burnt-out car in Ballybough yesterday also belong to the teenager.
Gardaí yesterday said the murder was related to the ongoing feud in Drogheda and a house in the area is currently being examined.
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Meanwhile, the Taoiseach has said he will visit the Louth town 'in the coming days.'
Leo Varadkar described the murder as one of the most horrific he can remember and admitted more work needs to be done to tackle the causes of serious crime around the country.
“I think everyone is really, really shocked by it,” he said.
“It is really gruesome; It is macabre quite frankly and the victim of the crime is a 17-year-old boy.
“I just really want assure the public and particularly the people of Drogheda that the Gardaí will have all the resources they need to find the people who carried out this crime.”
He said programmes have been set up tackle the causes of crime in Dublin’s north east inner city and said: “I think we need to give consideration to having similar programmes in other parts of the country as well.”
The Garda investigaiton is continuing and no arrests have yet been made.
Anyone with any information on the investigation, or where the images came from, is asked to contact investigating Gardaí.