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Fears Body That of Missing Irishman

A headless torso washed up on a beach in Queens, New York, is believed to be that of missing Dublin filmmaker Ross McDonnell.

Police sources told the Daily News that the NYPD believed the remains, which were also missing arms, were of the Brooklyn resident. Police are awaiting the results of DNA tests.

A plea to help find Ross McDonnell, the cinematographer for the documentary "No Stone Unturned," was issued on November 7. 

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The Emmy Award-winning filmmaker was last seen on November 4. His bike, which was locked, was discovered at Fort Tilden Beach in Queens on November 7. 

McDonnell was described then as being 44, 5’9” with an athletic build and what was described as an Irish accent.

He was last seen wearing a red puffy Northface vest, black Northface backpack, black and white sneakers, and dark colored khaki pants. 

The Daily News reported that the Emmy Award-winner "who friends said loved the ocean and enjoyed 'wild swimming' or swimming outside in nature disappeared on Nov. 4 after riding his bike to the Rockaways, a short distance from where the body washed ashore."

According to the Daily News account, police suspect the body was dismembered in the ocean over the last two weeks "by the sharp rocks, waves and local marine life."

McDonnell's work on "No Stone Unturned," focused on the June 18, 1994 gun attack on the Heights Bar in the village of Loughinisland, County Down. Eleven men who had been watching the Ireland versus Italy World Cup soccer game were shot dead. Six died including an 87-year-old man.