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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Gardai identify body of 'strangled' man found under mound of about 50 rocks as Adrian Folan

Investigating officers have identified the victim as 41-year-old Adrian Folan, who has been missing since Thursday night

Tom Brady, Security Editor

Published 07/07/2014 | 15:57

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The Cliffs of Moher, inset, Adrian Folan

Gardai believe that a man, whose body was found hidden under a pile of rocks in a quarry, was strangled.

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This evening the body was formally identified as 41-year-old Adrian Folan.

The body has been removed from the scene and is at Limerick Regional Hospital where a post mortem is scheduled for this evening

Mr Folan had been missing since last Thursday night.

His body was discovered by early this morning in water at a quarry at the Cliffs of Moher, near Liscannor, Co Clare. 

It was found under a mound of about 50 rocks.

Gardai have arrested a man for questioning.  The suspect was well known to the victim and was detained today in Connemara.

A house in Carraroe, Co Galway, was sealed off for forensic examination.

The suspect, in his 40s, was taken to Mill Street station in Galway city for questioning.

Meanwhile, the body was removed this afternoon to the Mid Western regional hospital in Limerick where State pathologist, Professor Marie Cassidy is to carry out a post mortem examination this evening to determine the cause of death.

However, gardai suspect that he died from strangulation.

A member of Mr Folan’s family is on his way to the hospital to identify the body.

Adrian Folan, who is originally from Carraroe, was a student at the Institute of Technology in Athlone.  He had been working on an end of year project with some classmates.

He was last seen in Athlone on Thursday night.

Gardai were alerted when Mr Folan failed to turn up at the college on Friday morning and concerns about his welfare grew throughout the weekend.

The search of the quarry was launched as a result of information gathered by gardai over the past 24 hours.

Gardai have appeal for witnesses to contact the Incident Room at Ennistymon Garda Station on 065-7072180, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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