A SEARCH is being carried out in two counties today as part of the investigation into the murder of Ashling Murphy.
The elementary school teacher, 23, was attacked and killed while jogging along the Grand Canal in Tullamore around 4pm on Wednesday.
Gardai has identified a new suspect in the case after a man arrives at a Dublin hospital with a wound on his face.
He had lived in Tullamore but had relatives in the capital.
Detectives from Tullamore are understood to be working closely with their colleagues in Dublin as they ask the man.
Gardai said it did not disclose details for operational reasons.
Searches were carried out in Tullamore and Dublin this afternoon.
A source said: “The investigation is in its infancy but is constantly evolving.
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“Gardai is waiting to see if they can interview him to determine if he can assist with their investigation.
“They are also trying to determine if this individual has a history of violence against women. Gardai is checking all lines of investigation. ”
A man on a bicycle spotted on CCTV is said to have the same appearance as the man arrested an hour later Ashling be found.
It is believed that this may be one of the reasons why the innocent man was lifted up by the gardai.
The man was free release on Thursday night and police announced he was no longer a suspect in the case after they discovered evidence that proved he was not Ashling’s killer.
This related material is being sent to Forensic Science Ireland for examination.
As part of their investigation, officers are continuing to monitor multiple lines of investigation and examine CCTV footage from Tullamore and surrounding areas.
Meanwhile, runners across the island of Ireland stopped to remember 23-year-old Ashling Murphy on Saturday, with deeper prayers being held in the wake of the murder of teacher Co Offaly.
Park Run runners in Ireland, Northern Ireland and beyond have kept quiet moments this morning for Ashling.
Hundreds of people also gathered in Cork on Saturday morning for the vigil, with more planned in towns and villages over the weekend.
A vigil will also be held in London on Saturday afternoon.
BACK TO COUNTRY
Thousands gathered late afternoon in Tullamore, Dublin and Belfast on Friday, as Ireland continued to reel from Ashling’s murder.
Ashling’s family attended a candlelit vigil near the murder scene on Friday night.
At the event, her father, Ray Murphy, expressed his deep gratitude to the talented young musician by performing her favorite song on the banjo.
He cried while playing the last chord of When You Were Sweet Sixteen.
Murphy, with his wife Kathleen and daughter Amy, walked on the opposite side of the canal, where his daughter was assaulted and died Wednesday.
Taoiseach Michael Martin has said the killing has “unified the nation in solidarity and protest”.
‘NO STONE LEFT UP LEFT’
“No stone will be missed in terms of completing the investigation and bringing the person responsible for this to justice,” he said.
The politicians have promised that all necessary resources will be provided to the gardai to find the killer.
Ashling’s death has sparked a new debate about the safety of women in Ireland, with many questioning how such an attack could have happened in broad daylight.
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said on Friday: “We, as a society, need to face this. There is an epidemic of violence against women. It has been going on for millennia, quite a bit. straight.”
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8210334/ashling-murphy-murder-searches-carried-out-tullamore-dublin/ Ashling Murphy Murders – Searches were carried out in Tullamore and Dublin as part of an ongoing vigilance investigation.