The remains of a Finglas man who has been missing since 2009 have been found buried in the French city of Perpignan.

Paul Shine-Dixon was travelling throughout Europe when he disappeared on May 3, 2009.

The Finglas native was due to meet his pregnant partner in the Spanish city of Barcelona, but got off a train in Perpignan instead.

His family were informed by Gardai three weeks ago, on July 6, that the remains belonged to Shine-Dixon, and local police are currently treating his death as suspicious.

His remains are currently under examination, the results of which police in Perpignan said will determine the direction of the subsequent investigation.

It is thought that the last time Shine-Dixon’s family heard from him was when he contacted his partner to say he witnessed a shooting on the train from Amsterdam to Barcelona.

The 28-year-old father of three was found by police in Perpignan in a distressed state later that day and Shine-Dixon was brought to a local medical centre for treatment.

The next day, he discharged himself from the medical centre, and his family never heard from him again. He was last seen in the Rue Ferdinand Buisson area of Perpignan.

In an interview in 2013, Shine-Dixon’s mother, Clare, said she “long accepted” that her son had died, but that the family “deserves closure”, especially his three children, one of whom he never got to meet before he disappeared.

The family were contacted previously to say that someone had seen Shine-Dixon in a hospital in Birmingham, but it turned out to be a mistake. There had been no reported sightings since his remains were found.

Tributes had been paid to the popular Finglas native on Facebook, with one person saying that Shine-Dixon was “loyal to the back-bone”.

His children have also posted tributes to him online, with his daughter posting that she “still can’t wrap her head around it” but that the family “finally get to get [Shine-Dixon] home and put [him] to rest”.

The Department of Foreign Affairs have said they are aware of the case and are providing consular assistance to the family.

It is believed that it may be some time before his remains are released to the family due to the investigation.