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Conservationist Michael McCoy, from Ballinascorney Upper, Brittas, Co Dublin was found dead after he went out for a walk with his dogs near his home.
His body was discovered at Blackhill Forest in the Dublin Mountains on 30 September 2016.
A post-mortem examination concluded that he had died from blunt force trauma to the head.
A number of people came forward with information following the Crimecall broadcast in September.
Detective Inspector John Walsh of Tallaght Garda Station told a resumed inquest into Mr McCoy’s death that gardaí wish to explore this information further.
A file was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions earlier this year but the direction was for insufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution.
Detective Inspector Walsh sought a 12 month adjournment of the inquest to allow time for further investigation.
The inquest, which first opened in December 2016, previously heard that Mr McCoy was formally identified using DNA.
The father-of-three left his home early on the morning of 29 September 2016 intending to walk his two boxer dogs in the hills around his home.
The alarm was raised when he failed to return home.
Mr McCoy's body was found on a forest track around 5.30am the following day.
Speaking on Crimecall on 24 September his eldest daughter Rachel urged anyone who knows the identity of the murderer not to protect them.
She said: "We don't have our dad and that's not fair. So if someone knows something just tell... don't protect someone."
Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane adjourned the inquest for 12 months for further mention on 8 November 2018.