Gardaí investigating the murder of Ashling Murphy received ‘good information’ on the bike

Gardaí say they have received “good information” regarding a bicycle that is of significant interest to the investigation into the murder of Ashling Murphy.

Anyone who saw the black and green “Falcon Storm” mountain bike in the days or hours before 4 p.m. Wednesday is asked to come forward.

Last night a man in his 40s who was arrested in connection with the attack has been freed and is no longer considered a suspect.

After reviewing all the evidence gathered yesterday in its entirety, detectives have concluded that a man in Garda custody cannot be responsible for the murder.

A force spokesman said while people may be disappointed, the positive is that an innocent man has been released.

Officers say that doesn’t mean the investigation was a blank slate after the man was released, and all the evidence gathered so far will help determine the real culprit.

Gardaí still has no reason to believe Ashling knew her attacker.

Pictured is the Garda forensic tent at the scene of the investigation into the fatal assault on Ashling Murphy. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

They have received “good info” on the bike so far but continue to urge people to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tullamore Garda station on 057 932 7600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

During this time, dozens of vigils are to take place across the country this afternoon and over the next few days.

Tullamore Cllr Tony McCormack says the community came together to hold a vigil in the town this afternoon.

He said: “A local candle factory here donated 500 candles.

“People will go up to the city park… [and] there will be a photo of Ashling there – a kind of shrine.

“There will be a bandstand set up for people, and there will be prayers.”

Main image: Gardaí is appealing for information on a Falcon Storm mountain bike. Photo by: An garda Síochána

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