Missing 14-year-old was 'beaten to death'

Missing 14-year-old was 'beaten to death'

A murder investigation has been launched after a teenage girl's body was discovered in a disused farmhouse in Ireland.

Post mortem results today are expected to reveal the exact cause of death.

Anastasia Kriegel, from Lucan in west Dublin, was last seen at St Catherine's Park - 200 acres of woods and grassland across Dublin and Kildare - at 5.30pm on May 14.

Tragic Ana Kriegel was viciously beaten and left to die in a derelict farmhouse shortly after she went missing, gardai believe.

The grim discovery was made in an abandoned building off the Clonee Road.

Her family grew increasingly concerned when she did not return home, and contacted Leixlip Garda Station at around 8pm.

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The scene at Clonee Road remains sealed off as the forensic examination continues.

Ana Kriegel has also been described as a "particularly striking girl" who was tall for her age and well-known within her school and the Lucan area.

In a statement, the school said: "This is a bad tragedy for the Kriegel family, our school and our community. Our deepest sympathy to Anastasia's family and friends".

Supt John Gordon, of Lucan Garda Station, said that the death is being treated as suspicious. Her parents were distraught and also had another younger child they wanted to protect.

He added: "As you can imagine at this time (her family) are receiving a lot of support from An Garda Siochana but they are extremely distressed and they are also looking for the public assistance, and privacy at his time as well".