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Internet Dating Warning After Woman's Murder
Ireland's chief of police has urged people using internet dating to be cautious but refused to comment on speculation a woman found murdered at the weekend met her killer online.
Garda Commissioner Martin Callanan said it was too soon for officers leading the investigation into the death of Elaine O'Hara, 36, from Dublin, to be able to confirm the reports.
He said: "The internet is a marvellous creation but I would tell people to know who you are dealing with and know the circumstances surrounding your business on the net."
Police have now formally identified skeletal remains, found by a woman walking her dog near Rathfarnam at the foot of the Dublin mountains last Friday, as those of Ms O'Hara.
She had been missing since August last year and officers are understood to be checking her computer records to ascertain if she had made arrangements to meet someone that night.
A key fob from her work, clothing and a phone thought to have belonged to her were found at a second crime scene at Roundwood, County Wicklow, 12 miles away.
Gardai are also trying to establish if handcuffs and leg restraints, which were found in a backpack when the water level dropped in Vartry Reservoir, are linked to her disappearance and death.
Commissioner Callanan said finding the rest of Ms O'Hara's remains was now the priority and vowed that officers would do their utmost to bring inquiries to a successful conclusion.
He acknowledged that this latest case bore similarities to the murders of six women being investigated under Operation Trace, but insisted it was too early to consider any possible link.
Police officers from either side of the Irish border have been meeting in Dundalk, County Louth, to review strategies for dealing with major crime when it connects the two jurisdictions.