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Solved – Discovery of Human Remains at Inagh, Co. Galway on the 8/12/06

Discovery of Human Remains, Inagh, Galway

On the 8th December 2006 human remains were discovered by hunters shooting in the woods near Lough Inagh, in Connemara. The Garda investigation established that the remains were that of a man and that the he may have died the previous year. Extensive examinations were conducted by the Galway West Coroner and Dundee University and a DNA Profile was created. A composite picture of what the man may have looked like was created and distributed through Interpol.

Investigations led to Germany and the man’s image was released to the press and media appealing for information on his identification with particular focus in the Neumunster area. Two people came forward believing they recognised the man, one man thought it might be his brother who had travelled to Ireland in 2005.

In September 2014 DNA profiles and dental records were checked against this possible match and the man was identified as Arno Schmitz.

His brother Brent travelled to Ireland to visit the area where his brother Arno was laid to rest.