Shallow grave body sparks garda probe
A MURDER investigation is expected to be launched later today after a body was discovered buried in a shallow grave.
The remains were uncovered by gardai on the outskirts of Limerick city after a member of the public came across the shallow grave yesterday afternoon.
It is feared that the body is that of a 25-year-old man, missing from his home on Limerick city's northside since last week.
Officers from the garda technical bureau were at the scene off Knockalisheen Road last night and the body was recovered shortly before 10pm.
The State Pathologist's office has been contacted and further examinations will take place later today in a bid to determine how the person died.
Members of the missing man's family gathered at the entrance to the field near Moyross yesterday evening.
Lee Slattery, from Ballynanty in Limerick city, was last seen last Thursday.
While no members of the Slattery family wished to comment publicly, privately, they admitted that they were fearing that the shallow grave contains the body of the missing man.
Clothes were found alongside the grave and freshly dug earth was covering the ground.
Inspector John O'Reilly said: "As a result of information received, we found disturbed ground at Delmege Park. We have carried out a preliminary search of the scene and I can confirm we have found a body. We will carry out further investigations in the morning and a detailed examination of the scene.
"I would be appealing for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in this area from last Thursday around 9pm to contact us."
The scene sealed off is at the back of the Castle Park estate alongside Moyross and is used by locals in the area for recreational use including grazing horses.
Mr Slattery was reported missing by family members to gardai in Limerick on Saturday. Members of his family conducted their own searches across the northside of the city over recent days.
It is understood that the alarm was raised yesterday around 4pm shortly after the shallow grave was discovered.