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Discovery of Human Remains in Salthill, Galway on the 17/4/02

Discovery of Human Remains, Salthill, Galway on the 17/4/02

The Gardaí at Salthill Garda Station are re-appealing for information in relation to the discovery of human remains at 158 Upper Salthill on the 17th April 2002.

The owner of this property was carrying out excavation work in the back garden and discovered human remains wrapped up in a sleeping bag buried in a shallow grave. There were also a number of items of clothing including, boots, jewellery and hair ties in the sleeping bag.

A full examination of the scene was carried out and a post mortem on the remains. An investigation was launched with Gardaí establishing that this property was used as a squat over the years by a number of people. Their enquiries led them to a man known as “Dave”, who busked around Galway, particularly on Shop Street, an area known locally as “the four corners”. He played guitar and tin whistle. He always had his pet collie dog with him.

Gardaí believe Dave was originally from the UK and the last known sighting of him was in 1999. Gardaí believe he was buried at 158 Upper Salthill almost two years before his remains were discovered. Gardaí also believe he may have been known as “Dave Rawson” or “Dave Tang”, but are unsure if that was his real name.

Gardaí recently appeared on Crimewatch UK, where over 5 million people tuned in, a number of new information was received that Gardai are hoping may develop the investigation.

Gardaí at Salthill Garda Station are investigating     Telephone 091 514720