Gardai believe tragic Ana knew her killer. Parents appeal for witnesses.

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Gardai believe tragic Ana knew her killer. Parents appeal for witnesses.
13:11 Friday 18th of May 2018

A murder investigation is underway after the body of a 14-year-old girl was found in a disused farmhouse in Dublin yesterday afternoon.

The body of Anastasia Kriegel was discovered by a garda search team 1km from where she was last seen on Monday at St Catherine's Park in Lucan.

Post-mortem results due today are expected to show the teenager was the victim of a violent assault.

Floral tributes were last night left at the derelict house on the Clonee Road just outside Lucan where the discovery was made.

Anastasia had been missing since Monday and was last seen alive St Catherine's Park at around 5.30pm that evening.

Her parents reported her missing at 8pm when she failed to respond to text messages as it was completely out of character for her not to stay in touch.

A massive search operation swung into operation to find the first-year student at Confey Community College which included Garda Diver Units checking the nearby canal.

Ana’s social media channels have also been checked as have her phone records.

Her body was found at the farmhouse just off the Clonee Road in Lucan by a Garda search team around lunchtime yesterday.

There are a number of lines of enquiry but Gardai do not believe it was a random attack and suspect the schoolgirl was killed by someone known to her.

The post-mortem examination was carried out by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy last night.

Superintendent John Gordon, who is leading the investigation, said they believe Anastasia may not have been alone at the time she went missing and are now trying to identify and speak to those people who last saw her.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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

Local TD Social Democrats' Catherine Murphy is a friend of the Kriegel family and has spoken about the young girl's death.

She described Anastasia as an active child who enjoyed swimming and dancing.

She told RTE that the family were concerned when the 14-year-old did not answer text messages as it was "out of character".

The family knew very early on there was something to worry about and they went to the Garda station within hours of her leaving the house.

Ms Murphy said the family is very anxious that anyone who may have any information will contact gardaí.

Anastasia was a first-year student at Confey College in Leixlip, Co Kildare.

In a statement on its website, the school expressed its sympathy to Anastasia's family and friends.

In a letter to parents, Principal Mike O'Byrne said supports are in place to help students affected by the tragedy and psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service will also be in the school to provide assistance.

She was also a member of a local dance school where she had been a member for several years.

Dance LA posted on its Facebook page expressing shock at the news of Anastasia's death:

"Dance LA is truly saddened at the loss of one of our students, Ana Kriegel.

"Ana was a talented young student who was with us for many years.

"Her passing is as tragic as it is shocking.

"Lorna and Adele, wishes to extend their deepest, heartfelt sympathies to Ana’s family, her friends, Dance LA students and the Leixlip community.
"All our love."

Lorna & Adele ❤️

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