CO OFFALY, Ireland - Gardai continue to investigate the fatal assault on Ashling Murphy that occurred at approximately 4:00pm last Wednesday, along the canal bank at Cappincur, Tullamore, County Offaly.
Gardai say significant progress continues to be made in the investigation to date however they say they are not confirming any specific details for operational reasons.
An Garda Siochana says they wish to acknowledge the ongoing support of the public to date in this investigation and to re-iterate that a dedicated phone line 057 9357060 has been established at Tullamore Garda station in order to assist the public in providing information to the investigation team.
The agency continues to appeal to any person who has not made contact with the investigation team and who has any information on this fatal assault to come forward.
The scene of the fatal assault occurred on the Grand Canal Way between Boland's Lough and Digby's bridge. This location continues to be examined and remains sealed off as a crime scene.
An Garda Siochana are now asking for any member of the public who was on the Grand Canal Way on the morning or afternoon of Wednesday 12th January 2022 between Digby's bridge and Ballycommon to contact the investigation team. Whether you think you saw anything or not you are asked to contact gardai in Tullamore.
An Garda Siochana continue to appeal for any information on a Falcon Storm mountain bike with straight handlebars and distinctive light green front forks (pictured) prior to 4:00pm on Wednesday 12th January 2022 and in the previous days/weeks.
People in Tullamore are asked to think about Wednesday the 12th January 2022 after 4:00pm and not to confine their thoughts to the Falcon Storm mountain bike.
Did you see a man dressed in a black tracksuit top (no hood), black tracksuit bottoms with a large white stripe or white writing on the side, and black runners?
Did you see this man walking in the Tullamore area?
Did you give a lift to this man on the evening of Wednesday 12th January 2022?
Did you notice this man loitering at any location or involved in any activity which drew your attention?
Gardai continue to appeal to any person in the general Tullamore area on Wednesday 12th January 2022, with any form of video footage (Dashcam, CCTV, Mobile phone, GoPro Cam etc..), to contact them.
An Garda Siochana say they are aware and continue to be concerned about the activity of persons who are sharing information on social media, and in particular private messaging apps. An Garda Siochana appeals to everyone to STOP sharing these messages. They say, not only are they misinformed, inaccurate and dangerous, they are unhelpful to the criminal investigation. If you have information, which is relevant to this criminal investigation you should contact the investigation team at Tullamore Garda Station with this information.
The investigation team at Tullamore Garda Station can be contacted on 9357060, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.