Gardaí have confirmed human remains found in Dublin are those of missing 17-year-old Keane Mulready-Woods.
The partial human remains were discovered at Moateview Drive in Coolock on Monday.
Keane was reported missing on Sunday.
A black 'Puma' sports bag was recovered which contained partial human remains.
Gardaí say the identity of the remains was confirmed by Forensic Science Ireland.
"This is a brutal and savage attack on a child and is completely unacceptable in any normal democratic society", the force says in a statement.
"The level of violence is shocking and the investigation into the murder of Keane is being co-ordinated from Drogheda Garda station.
"It is important to remember that Keane was a child, a young boy, trying to find his way in life, he has now lost his life and his family have lost their loved son and brother."
Keane was last seen in Drogheda by his family at around 6.00pm on the evening of Sunday January 12th.
At this time he was wearing a navy Hugo Boss tracksuit, black Hugo Boss Runners (brown sole, black laces), a red/orange Canada Goose jacket and a Gucci baseball cap.
Gardaí are seeking information on the movements of a blue Volvo S40 which had false registration plates '141-MO-1925' and was abandoned and set on fire in the Trinity Terrace area of Dublin 3 on the morning of Wednesday January 15th
They are also looking for information on the whereabouts of a blue Volvo S40, registration '161 D 48646', which was stolen from Sandymount, Co. Dublin on December 15th 2019.
Gardaí are awaiting confirmation that remains found in a burnt-out car in Drumcondra in the early hours of this morning are also Keane's.
A number of searches were conducted in the Drogheda area yesterday - one search is ongoing.
Anyone with information can contact Gardaí in Drogheda on 041-987-4200, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800-666-111, Crime Stoppers at 1800-250-025 or any Garda station.