Interpol, the international policing organisation, are currently trying to establish the identity of the body remains of a man which have been in an Limerick morgue for five years.
The remains have been at the University Hospital Limerick all this time and haves still not been identified or claimed.
The Limerick Leader reports that the remains belong to a male non-Irish national although the man’s age and the location of where his remains were found are not being disclosed by the hospital authorities.
The remains of a woman have also been kept in the morgue since last August, but she hasn't been identified yet.
There is also the body of another male whose remains have been identified but has not been claimed by any family members to date.
DNA samples from all three have been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Dublin for analysis.
There are DNA profiles from 17 unidentified bodies in the State DNA database, and hundreds of missing people have been entered into the database.
A number of families of missing people in Ireland have also provided their own DNA samples to the Forensic Science Laboratory in the hope of identifying their loved one’s remains if found.