Sunday 25 September 2016

Man's body discovered on flood lands by search party

Pat Flynn

Published 11/01/2016 | 08:51

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A BODY has been found on flooded lands in Co Clare during the search for a man not seen since last Wednesday.

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The discovery was made at around 2.20pm yesterday by members of Clare Civil Defence, who had been searching for 65-year-old Michael Vaughan.

Mr Vaughan, who lived alone at Moyree near Ruan, was last seen in Ennis at lunch time on Wednesday and was reported missing on Friday when his family became concerned for his wellbeing.

Gardai and members of Clare Civil Defence began a local search on Friday night, concentrating on lands and buildings around Mr Vaughan's home. It's understood the missing man's car and mobile phone were found at the house.

Early yesterday, the search was further expanded to cover surrounding properties, outbuildings and hundreds of acres of farmland.

Divers located a man's body on flooded lands a short distance from Mr Vaughan's home. The body was removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out.

Gardaí have confirmed they are not treating the death as suspicious.

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