A forensic examination will take place later on skeletal human remains found by hill walkers in the Dublin Mountains yesterday.
The discovery was made by two people out hill walking at around midday.
The skeletal remains were found in a shallow grave beside an uprooted tree in a forest near Military Road.
No clothes or any other recognisable items were found at the scene, but further searches will be carried out throughout the day.
Gardaí will not be sure of either the sex or the identity until DNA, bone structure, dental records and other tests have been carried out.
The State Pathologist and a forensic anthropologist are expected to begin their examinations later today.
The remains of victims of violence have previously been found in the Dublin Mountains.