Tragic schoolgirl Anastasia Kriegel found beaten to death and naked in derelict farm house near Lucan, Dublin
A schoolgirl was found beaten to death and naked in a derelict farm house off a busy roadway on Thursday.
Tragic Anastasia Kriegel, 14, vanished after she was last seen in picturesque St Catherineâs Park near Lucan in Dublin at 5.30pm on Monday.
Gardai had been carrying out extensive searches for the young woman and at 1pm on Thursday her lifeless and battered body was found inside a disused farmhouse on the Clonee Road, where itâs believed the murder took place.
A source said: âThis is the most horrific end to a search â" her body was found naked â" she had sustained a horrific beating.
âThere are also concerns that she may have been subject to a sexual assault but that will be confirmed following a post mortem.
âThe investigator s are establishing who saw her last and then gathering CCTV and other forensics to determine this. A number of people have already been spoken to in relation to her disappearance and hopefully they may hold the clue â" especially the person she was in the park with.â
It is understood that gardai believe she was in the company of a person she knew in the park before she was murdered.
A source added: âThis was a callous and brutal attack on a young schoolgirl.â
The site of the grim discovery is 1km from the park but approximately 500 metres across fields.
It remained sealed off on Thursday night ahead of the arrival of State pathologist, Marie Cassidy.
Superintendent John Gordon, who is leading the investigation, appealed for help from the public to track down the ki ller.
He said: âAna was 14 years of age, a first-year student at Confey Secondary School in Leixlip [Kildare]. She was a particularly striking girl, quite tall for her age. She was well known in the locality because of that. She was well known in the school and the community.
âWe believe at the time she may not have been alone but at that stage it is part of the investigation.â
Superintendent Gordon said the young womanâs family were being cared for by specialist Garda family liaison officers.
He added: âAs you can imagine they are receiving a lot of support from An Garda Siochana â" they are extremely distressed. They are appealing for public assistance and privacy at this time. They have another child in that house so they need to be very careful.â
The officer also outlined how the body of the tragic teen was discovered.
He explained: âWe have been conducting a number of searches in this area since Tuesday after it [disappearance] was reported to us in Leixlip Garda Station on Monday night.
âWe started searching in this area at 1.30pm on Tuesday.
âWe had a dedicated search team, water unit because we are surrounded here by the Liffey and the Royal Canal so we had search teams and the civil defence here at one point also.
âIt was members of the Divisional Search team that found Anaâs body.â
Gardai are examining how the young girl travelled from the park to the farm house, just a short distance away.
He said: âWe are examining a number of lines of enquiry. There are a number of routes from here to the house which is why we are extending out onto the road as well.
âFull investigation team, full technical bure au, an incident room and we are receiving assistance from NBCI and external garda agencies.â
Superintendent Gordon made a full request for help and appealed to the public to help Anaâs family get justice.
He said: âAt approximately 1pm we were conducting a search for a missing person Anastacia Kreigel, also known as Ana. In the course of that search at approximately 1pm a body was discovered in a disused vacant farm house on the Clonee Road in Lucan.
âWe believe the body to be that of Ana Kreigel â" we are at this time treating the death as suspicious.â
He said that he was awaiting the autopsy report from Professor Marie Cassidy before declaring the incident anything more than a suspicious death.
The Superintendent added: âWe have an incident room set up, we have the technic al bureau on site and Professor Marie Cassidy will be attending the scene.
âWe are conducting searches as we speak. We are appealing to the public for assistance at this time.
âWe are appealing to anyone that was in Saint Catherineâs Park from 5pm on the Clonee Road on Monday May 14, to contact the Garda incident room at Lucan on 01 6667300.
âThe Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or indeed if they contact any garda station to pass on any information they might have.
âWe are in particular anyone that was on the Clonee Road who might have had dash cam footage or may have witnessed Ana in the park or any information they may have on this.â
County councillor, Joe Neville, said: âHer family are in all of our thoughts. It is a tragedy for them and for everybody who knew her. At this stage all I can say is sincere cond olences to the family.
âThe park is somewhere where people bring their families.
âItâs a very public place. Anyone who can think back and remember anything is asked to contact Gardai.
âIt is something that affects all of the community, including her friends and classmates. All sections of the community and her school will do the best to support them.â
A second councillor, Kevin Byrne, told The Mirror: âI have three daughters myself and I just cannot imagine anything like this happening to one of them.
âItâs absolutely terrible and my complete condolences to the family.
âI know she is foreign so in terms of the funeral and family coming from abroad they should be getting all of the help they need from the State.
âWe are actually having a monthly meeting [on Friday] so I am sure it will be brought up then and there will be a momentâs silence.â
One local in St Catherineâs Park added: âThis area is quiet, unless itâs sunny. But the general area is good. I was shocked when I heard what happened, especially seeing all the guards there.
âWeâre surprised, but this country is going mental.
âFor a 14-year-old itâs brutal. Weâre shocked, I also have a seven-year-old and sheâs up here playing all the time and the thought of this happening here is terrifying.â
Another local said: âThey [Gardai] were giving out leaflets here the other day looking for her. Iâm shocked, itâs awful to hear something so horrible has happened.
âItâs quiet here and itâs a popular park, weâre not sure how this could have happened.âSource: Google News