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Murder of Mark Burke in 2014

Murder of Mark Burke in 2014

The Gardaí at Ballyfermot Garda Station are investigating circumstances surrounding the death of thirty six year old Mark Burke (28/09/1977) who’s partial remains were found at Thornton’s Recycling Plant, Killeen Road on the 31st July 2014 (The August Bank Holiday weekend).

Following a Garda appeal made on Crimecall on the 22nd September 2014, Mark was reported missing to Gardaí by his father Noel on the 11th November 2014. Mark was subsequently identified through DNA profiling.

Mark had been living at Bentley House, Dun Laoghaire up to a short while before his death. Gardaí have established that the last confirmed sighting of Mark was at Dun Laoghaire District Court House on Monday 28th July 2014 at 2.30pm when he was released from custody. Mark had been in court in relation to an outstanding warrant for a minor public order offence. As far as Gardaí have been able to establish, Mark was homeless at the time of his death.

In excess of 600 lines of investigation have been carried out to establish how, where, when and why Mark died. The investigation is ongoing.

There is a period of up to 80 hours for which Mark’s movements are unknown. Due to the time it took to establish Mark’s identity, and as a result of the identification, establishing where the focus of the investigation should be, CCTV that could have provided evidence of Mark’s movements during that period had been overwritten. Mark was known to frequent Dundrum and Dun Laoghaire areas.

The appeal now is focused on the Dun Laoghaire area as this was Mark’s last confirmed sighting, and the area where he was best known. Mark Burke was 36 years of age at the time of his death. He was a local man who was born in and lived his life in the Sandyford and Dunlaoghaire – Rathdown areas.

Gardaí are appealing to all persons who knew Mark, who may have been in Mark’s company, saw or spoke to Mark, between 2.30pm on the 28th July and 31st July 2014 to make contact with the Gardaí. Gardaí are also appealing to all persons who have any information, no matter what it is, in relation to the last movements of Mark, particularly whose company he may have been in during this period, and anything that may assist the investigation in determining how Mark came to his death.

I wish to thank all those who have assisted the Gardaí with this investigation to date. Your assistance and time is very much appreciated.

Gardaí at Blanchardstown Garda Station are investigating    telephone 016667000