One of the chief suspects in the murder of two Dublin men on the Cavan-Meath border carries strong Longford connections, the Leader can reveal.
Detectives carried out a search of the man’s house in Cavan last Tuesday (May 27) following the discovery of missing pair, Eoin O’Connor and Anthony Keegan.
They want to interview him, along with a number of other individuals both men are believed to have been in contact with shortly before they vanished on April 22.
Their remains were found by garda divers on the shore of Inchicup Island on Lough Sheelin on May 26 last.
It was thought they disappeared after travelling to Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan for a meeting with an associate to collect an oustanding drug debt.
When they failed to return, family members reported them missing, resulting in a large scale search operation being carried out.
Three days after their disappearance, gardai recovered a Ford Focus the pair had been travelling in along the banks of Lough Owell, just off the N4. .
Senior officers believe, despite the discovery of a mobile phone found inside the car, that it was deliberatly planted there to throw investigators off the scent.
What investigators want to try and trace now is who the men were in contact with in the days and weeks before their disappearance.
One of those was the name of a suspected criminal Mr O’Connor told a relative to pass on to gardai if he failed to return.
He has since fled his home in Ballyjamesduff for fear he might be targeted by known associates of Mr O’Connor and Mr Keegan.
Another is a male foreign national who gardai believe the duo had also been in contact with in the days before they were reported missing.
He used to live in Granard before moving to Cavan in recent years. A search of his home was undertaken last week.
He is well known to gardai and has a history of violence.
It’s not the first time that areas along the Longford-Cavan border have been carefully examined by investigating teams.
Last month, posters of the missing men were put up across Cavan and in parts of north Longford.
Gardai also hope anglers who were on the Lough Sheelin in the days leading up to the grim discovery may provide vital clues into the investigation.
As such gardai have appealed for information, particularly those from the boating community on Lough Sheelin to contact them.
Equally, they are anxious to talk with anyone who may have been near Lough Sheelin between April 22 and May 26 to contact Kells Garda Station or the confidential line on 1800 666 111.