The gruesome mystery over the missing torso of Keane Mulready-Woods could have come to a chilling conclusion.
Reports suggest the body part of the 17-year-old – who was brutally tortured, murdered and dismembered in a Narcos-style killing – could be in the hands of a crime boss.
The notorious criminal may have been sent the bloody item as a disturbing threat as a bloody drugs gang feud in Dublin and nearby towns reaches crisis point, the Irish Daily Star reports.
Keane, 17, was abducted in the Ballsgrove area of Drogheda, Co Louth, north of Dublin.
He was murdered at a house and his body parts were found in two separate locations in a horror which has rocked Ireland.
Parts of his body were found inside a black sports bag thrown from a car on Moatview Drive in Darndale, an estate in north Dublin.
The lad's severed head was then found in a blazing Volvo hatchback in Drumcondra, Dublin.
But his torso was never recovered, and Irish cops reportedly believe it may be in the hands of a Dublin criminal who is unlikely to report it to police, for fear of bringing unwanted attention to his property which could result in searches.
A source told the newspaper: “There is little doubt the torso will ever be recovered and there is also the possibility the torso was disposed of in a deliberate attempt to hamper the investigation.”
They added: “The torso is required for pathologists to determine the cause of death, whether he was murdered or the manner in which he died. So no cause of death has yet been determined.”
One of the main suspects in the teen’s horror murder – who is behind bars serving a prison sentence for unrelated offences — could also be back on the streets by the end of May, it is claimed.
Keane’s funeral was held last week.
It was carried out by Father Phil Gaffney, who has been supporting the teen’s family.
Pictures showed a hearse carrying Keane's coffin with crowds following and others showed the coffin being carried out of the church.
Some mourners turned up on motorbikes with helmets on.
Father Gaffney pleaded with the slain teen's young friends to learn from his "naive" mistakes before getting involved with dangerous criminals.
Fr Gaffney said: “Along with that there has to be great anger and even sadness, great fear and pain perhaps, at the thought that we live in a society where certain people took upon themselves to play God with regard to the life of Keane Mulready-Woods.
“They took upon themselves to be judge and jury, and executioner.
"What arrogance. What appalling wickedness and evil.
"God alone is the Lord of Life – from its beginning.”
The mourners at Holy Family Church in Ballsgrove, Drogheda, heard the parish priest describe how youngsters tempted into a gang war over the illegal drugs market will see that "the promise of money and gifts will inevitably end in tragedy".
Friar Gaffney described the victim as "naive" and warned his grieving young friends to stay away from criminality and the wrong people who have 'no value on life'.
He said: "Keane had his troubles and was young and naive enough to fall in with the wrong people, not knowing or anticipating the dire consequences.
"I hope that his death will be a warning to other young teenagers who are been groomed by the ruthless criminals, that the promise of money and gifts will inevitably end in tragedy.
"Keane’s association with them, sadly, led to the inhuman, unthinkable way in which his young life was to end.
"This feud in Drogheda has to end sometime. Let’s all hope and pray it ends before more lives are lost."
Garda declined to comment when approached.
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