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Search For Missing Poker Player Conducted In Irish Park

Police Suspect Foul Play In 2019 Disappearance


Icelandic poker player Jon Jonsson disappeared after a poker tournament in Ireland on Feb. 9, 2019. Police now suspect that the 41-year-old left a Dublin casino and was killed after meeting with someone at a nearby park, according to news reports.

The Irish Mirror now reports that Jonsson’s remains may be in a Dublin park and conducted a search this week in hopes of recovery. The searches began after police received two anonymous letters indicating that his body had been dumped in the park.

“There was enough information for a search to be commenced,” a source told the Mirror.

Anonymous Letters

The letters were delivered to two Garda (the Irish national police and security service), prompting officers to further investigate despite the Times describing the information as “vague.”

The search began on Tuesday and was expected to conclude on Wednesday with officers looking through a heavily wooded section using cadaver dogs. Divers also searched a lake on the site.

Officers believe the meeting may have been to get more cash for poker. Jonsson was last seen in the Whitehall area of Dublin.

The Garda hasn’t offered any updates on the results of the search so far. While the case is still listed as a missing person’s case, investigators now believe foul play was involved. Officers have also urged the letter writer to contact police to help further in the investigation.

Five-Year Investigation

The investigation has been ongoing since Jonsson disappeared, including numerous lines of inquiry and reviewing hours of video security footage from the area.

That has included rumors that an Icelandic criminal may have killed Jonsson. Officers are now hoping to offer some closure for Jonsson’s loved ones.

“Jon’s family have continued their search for Jon over the past five years,” a Garda spokesperson said. “The Garda investigation into the disappearance of Jon has also continued over the past five years.Despite ongoing investigations and enquiries, Jon has yet to be located.”

Jonsson’s family created a website to help get the word out about the case.