Tributes have been paid to teenager Anastasia Kriegel as gardai confirmed this morning that they have are conducting a murder investigation into her death.
Fourteen-year-old Anastasia – known as Ana – was reported missing from her home in Leixlip on earlier this week.
She was last seen at St Catherine’s Park in Lucan at around 5.30pm on Monday evening.
Her body was discovered at approximately 1pm yesterday afternoon in a disused farmhouse on the Clonee Road, about 1km from where she was last seen.
Her body is believed to have been found stripped naked and badly beaten.
Speaking at the scene yesterday, Superintendent John Gordon, who is leading the investigation, described Ana as a “particularly striking girl” who was well-known and liked in the area.
Ana was a First Year student in Confey College. The school released a statement to parents this morning.
Principal Mike O’Byrne said: “We are all deeply saddened by the death of our first year student Anastasia Kriegel. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Anastasia’s family and her friends.
“At this difficult time the school’s pastoral care systems are in place to help your child cope with this tragedy.
“Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) will be in the school and will be supporting and advising teachers in their efforts to assist our students at this time.”
Ana was also a student at local dance school, Dance LA.
In a statement on Facebook this morning, Dance LA owners Lorna and Adele Dempsey said: “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.”
Superintendent Gordon said gardai were following a number of lines of inquiry into Ana’s death and appealed to the public for their assistance.
He said: “We are appealing to anybody who was here in St Catherine’s Park from 5pm onwards or thereabouts or on the Clonee Road on Monday 14 May to contact the garda incident room at Lucan garda station at 01 6667300.
“The garda confidential telephone line 1800 666111 or indeed if they contact any garda station to contact any information that they may have.
“We are particularly interested in people who may have been on the Clonee Road or here who may have had dashcam footage or who may have just witnessed Ana in the park.”