Drogheda feud: Remains confirmed as those of missing teenager

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Image caption Keane Mulready-Woods was reported missing by his family on Sunday night

Human remains found in Dublin have been confirmed as those of 17-year-old Keane Mulready-Woods, who went missing from his County Louth home on Sunday.

On Wednesday night, Gardaí (Irish police) said the remains discovered on a road in Coolock on Monday night are those of the teenager.

Investigators stressed the importance of remembering the victim was a child "trying to find his way in life".

Keane Mulready-Woods was reported missing by his family on Sunday night.

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Image caption The house is located in Rathmullen Park

Gardaí believe the murder is related to the ongoing feud between two Drogheda criminal gangs, which has now cost three lives.

The teenager's body was dismembered as those involved sought to leave his remains at various locations in Dublin and Louth.

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Image caption Gardaí at the scene of the burn-out vehicle in Dublin

The discovery of his limbs on Monday night sparked an intensive investigation into organised crime, feuding gangs and murder.

Gardaí are searching for the clothes Keane was wearing and issued photographs of a similar outfit on their Facebook page.

The police also believe that human remains found in a burning stolen car at Trinity Lane off Clonliffe Avenue in Ballybough in the early hours of Wednesday morning are those of Keane's, but they are waiting on DNA confirmation.

As part of their investigation, gardaí have sealed off a house as a crime scene in Rathmullen Park in Drogheda and blocked off the laneway at the back.

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Image caption Gardaí released pictures of a coat similar to that worn by the teenager on Sunday night
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Image caption The victim was wearing a baseball cap with this logo when he disappeared

A forensic examination is under way and specialists have discovered traces of blood and evidence of an attempt at a clean-up.

They are investigating the possibility that the teenager may have been taken and attacked.

Three other locations linked to the main figures in both feuding gangs have also been searched.