Gardaí have confirmed that human remains found in Dublin are those of missing 17-year-old Keane Mulready-Woods.
The partial human remains were discovered in a sports bag at Moateview Drive in Coolock on Monday.
Keane was reported missing last Sunday January 12th.
In a statement, Gardaí say the identity of the remains was confirmed by Forensic Science Ireland.
"This is a brutal and savage attack on a child and is completely unacceptable in any normal democratic society", the force says.
"The level of violence is shocking and the investigation into the murder of Keane is being co-ordinated from Drogheda Garda station.
"It is important to remember that Keane was a child, a young boy, trying to find his way in life, he has now lost his life and his family have lost their loved son and brother."
Keane was last seen in Drogheda by his family at around 6.00pm on Sunday evening.
At this time he was wearing a navy Hugo Boss tracksuit, black Hugo Boss Runners (brown sole with black laces), a red/orange Canada Goose jacket and a Gucci baseball cap.
Gardaí are seeking information on the movements of a blue Volvo S40 which had false registration plates '141-MO-1925' and was abandoned and set on fire in the Trinity Terrace area of Dublin 3 on the morning of Wednesday January 15th.
They are also looking for information on the whereabouts of a blue Volvo S40, registration '161 D 48646', which was stolen from Sandymount, Co. Dublin on December 15th 2019.
Just before 10.00pm on Monday January 13th, Gardaí responded to a call that a bag containing human remains had been found at Moatview Drive.
A black 'Puma' sports bag was recovered which contained the partial human remains.
While at approximately 1.30am on Wednesday January 15th, officers responded to a call from Dublin Fire Brigade that there was a car on fire at Trinity Terrace, off Clonliffe Avenue in Dublin 3.
Further partial human remains were recovered from this vehicle.
A number of searches were conducted in the Drogheda area on Tuesday - one search location remains ongoing.
Incident rooms have also been set up at Drogheda, Coolock and Mountjoy Garda stations - with the investigation being co-ordinated from Drogheda.
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has visited Drogheda and Coolock Garda stations, and told the investigation teams that they have the full support of the Garda organisation.
A family liaison officer remains in close contact with Keane's family.
Investigating Gardaí are making the following appeals:
- Information from anyone who has knowledge of Keane's movements from when he was last seen on Sunday January 12th at approximately 6.00pm in the vicinity of Dominic's Bridge, Drogheda
- Information or dashcam footage from anyone in the Moatview Drive, Moatview Gardens, Dublin 17 area on Monday January 13th from 9.00pm to 10.00pm
- Information on the clothing Keane was wearing at the time he went missing
Any person with information can contact Gardaí in Drogheda on 041-987-4200, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800-666-111, Crime Stoppers on 1800-250-025 or any Garda station.