Updated: 23/05/18 : 17:50:20
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Suspected murderer Mark Hennessy died from single ricochet bullet

Suspected murderer Mark Hennessy died from a single gunshot wound to his shoulder which ricocheted into an artery.

A post mortem has now concluded on the 40-year-old, father of two who is believed to have abducted Jastine Valdez.


It is said that there was a single bullet discharged from the official firearm of the Garda involved and appears to have hit a bone around his shoulder and ricocheted into the artery.

Gardaí are also investigating whether he tried to buy cocaine after the death of the 24-year-old student.

More searches are being carried out today in Rathmichael in South Dublin in the hope of finding Jastine's handbag.

An online book of condolence has also been opened on Wicklow.ie along with one at the Powerscourt Arms Hotel in Enniskerry.

Also, donations to the page on the crowdfunding site, gofundme.com, Jastine Valdez Memorial Fund, have reached almost €105,000.

Latest: Searches are continuing in Rathmichael in South Dublin this afternoon following the brutal abduction and murder of Jastine Valdez.

The scene where her body was found remains sealed off as Gardaí look for more evidence.