Gardaí investigate body found in slurry pit
Gardai are investigating the discovery of human remains in a Cork slurry pit.
The grim discovery was made by a landowner who was checking his property between Whitechurch and Carrignavar following recent storms and floods.
It is understood he was preparing the slurry pit for agitating when he spotted the body beneath the surface.
He immediately alerted gardai.
Officers sealed off the scene to allow for a full forensic and technical examination.
The Office of the State Pathologist was also notified.
Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster is expected to conduct a preliminary examination at the scene before the remains are transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for a full post mortem examination.
However, the preliminary examination can only take place once the pit has been emptied.
Cork fire brigade are helping drain the pit and remove the body.
Garda sources indicated that there is nothing to suggest foul play is involved in the death.
However, a garda source stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the findings of the post-mortem examination.
The garda priority is identifying the individual and they are now checking missing person records.
The discovery of the human remains was made not far from where the mobile phone of Diarmuid Twomey (31) was located.
Mr Twomey vanished while returning home from a family Christmas gathering in Cork city on December 20.