THE family of a man who has been missing for 23 years are "hopeful" that DNA tests will confirm remains found in a submerged car are those of the businessman.
The Fennessy family are now relying on DNA tests to confirm if bone fragments found in a car partially buried in the Blackwater riverbed in north Cork are those of William Fennessy (54).
The businessman and politician vanished without trace on March 30, 1990.
Dental records have been unable to confirm if the recovered remains are his due to their incomplete nature.
The results of DNA tests ordered by gardai are now expected within weeks.
Fragments of skeletal remains were found by Blackwater search and rescue divers during a routine training exercise last October.