Gardaí searching land in Drogheda, Co Louth as part of the investigation into the murder of a teenager have discovered partial skeletal remains.

The discovery were made this afternoon as part of a search for the remains of a 17-year-old boy who was killed in January of last year and his body dismembered.

The remains were buried in an area of land behind the Rathmullen housing estate.

Gardaí were acting on information they received as part of the investigation into the murder which led them to the area.

They suspect the remains are human but cannot confirm this until they are examined by a pathologist.

DNA will then be required to confirm the identity of the individual.

The area remains sealed off and the search is to continue for the next few days.

At least 30 gardaí including local officers, the Louth divisional search team, the dog unit, the water unit and technical bureau are involved in the search.

There have been no arrests as part of the operation but eight people have been questioned as part of the murder investigation and two people have been before the courts.