Body may have lain in apartment for five months
THE body of a man may have lain undiscovered in his home for up to five months.
The remains of the 58-year-old – who was originally from France – were discovered two weeks ago in Knocknacarra, Galway.
But gardai believe the man may have been dead for a number of months and the length of time the remains went undiscovered has shocked locals. The man's remains were discovered on September 10 after gardai forced their way into the apartment.
They had been called to the scene by concerned neighbours. Officers immediately sealed off the scene for a full forensic examination.
A post-mortem ruled out foul play and it is believed the man died from natural causes.
Gardai have now identified the dead man and are in the process of notifying the next of kin.
Officers are also liaising with Europol in a bid to track down the man's relatives in France.
Local councillor Donal Lyons said the grim discovery had shocked the community.
"He was living in the block of apartments, which has a very transient population, as distinct from the estate of houses further in, which is a very close community.
"I understand he was a bit of a recluse and did not mix in the area but people are very saddened by this case locally, that he could have been dead for such a long time.
"People don't want to intrude into other people's business but the lesson in this is that we need to be keeping an eye out for each other, especially people living alone," he added.
Mr Lyons added that he hoped the family of the deceased man would be contacted quickly in order to have his remains returned to them.
"We will be expressing our sympathies to the family through the next city council meeting and when they are contacted these will be passed on," he added.