Gardai have described the 5th body part found in the Wicklow mountains as significant.
The remains, believed to be the victim’s head, were discovered in a plastic bag 3km north of the Glenmacanass Waterfall, this afternoon.
Speaking on RTE’s Drivetime, Superintendent Pat Ward of Bray Garda station said ” The remains were examined by a local doctor before being removed to the city morgue for a post-mortem examination by the State Pathologist.
No effort has been made to hide the body parts, which have been found over a 30k distance.
“We are hopeful DNA samples can be found on the material the latest find, which could lead us to the culprits.”
Gardaí are also awaiting DNA samples – due to be available later this week – in the hope of identifying the man, aged in his mid-20s.
Specialist Defence Forces and engineering personnel trained in searching for landmines in difficult terrain abroad are also on standby.
Human remains have also been discovered on Military Road and Lough Brea with no attempt made to conceal them.