Gardai hope new tests hold clue to body found in river
GARDAI investigating the discovery of the remains of a 48-year-old man along a riverbank will have to carry out a series of tests in order to determine the exact cause of death.
A post-mortem examination was carried out on the body of Frank Green at the weekend, but the findings were inconclusive. Officers are awaiting the results of further tests in a bid to establish how the man -- who had been missing for more than three months -- died.
It is suspected Mr Green may have been abducted at knifepoint from his Limerick city apartment on the night of his disappearance.
A farmer discovered the remains of the unemployed single man -- missing since November 28 last -- alongside the River Shannon at Portdrine, Cratloe, Co Clare, on Friday afternoon.
Gardai believe the dead man ended up in the river in Limerick city as a result of an incident with his abductor on the night he disappeared.
It is suspected the dead man's remains may have washed downstream from Limerick to where they were recovered on Friday.
Following an initial examination at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar, it has been established that the deceased was not stabbed.
Mr Green, who was originally from Kilteely, Co Limerick, lived in a flat at Hartstonge Street in Limerick city.
A friend of the family said he was "a decent, quiet, unassuming man".
"He never did any harm to anyone and was a real salt of the earth person. His parents are devastated by this," the friend said.
Following his disappearance, investigating detectives viewed several hundred hours of CCTV footage from Limerick city centre in a bid to determine what happened to the missing man. His death is not connected to any ongoing criminal activity in Limerick.
Last month, a 27-year-old man was arrested in Limerick and questioned on suspicion of falsely imprisoning Mr Green on the day he was last seen. He was later released without charge and a file on the matter is being prepared for the DPP.