10:45 Saturday, 15 January 2022
Reports emerged last night of new person of interest.
Gardaí investigating the murder of 23-year-old Ashling Murphy have a new person of interest.
The schoolteacher was killed while out for a run on Wednesday afternoon along the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
It’s widely reported that Gardaí have a new person of interest, though no further details of their identity have been given.
The Irish Times reports the man has been treated at a hospital and he’ll be interviewed once in a position to do so.
That man was being treated in hospital on Friday.
The investigation is now focusing on the forensic evidence left behind at the murder scene.
Some sources are also reporting that Ashling fought for her life, which has given DNA evidence.
It’s also concentrating on the origins of a Falcon mountain bike found by officers.
Gardaí investigating the fatal assault on a woman yesterday in Tullamore are appealing for info on a Falcon Storm mountain bike with straight handlebars & distinctive yellow/green front forks. Please call Tullamore GS (057 932 7600) or the Garda Confidential Line (1800 666 111). pic.twitter.com/MEwkWOujsC
— Garda Info (@gardainfo) January 13, 2022
It’s understood a woman has come forward with reports of being followed along the Canal Bank 2 hours before Ashling Murphy was murdered.
Gardaí are still appealing for anyone with information, or anyone in the area at the time to come forward.
— Garda Info (@gardainfo) January 14, 2022