Tuesday 25 October 2016

Slurry pit discovery: Post-mortem due to take place on human remains Friday morning

Published 28/01/2016 | 17:29

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A full post mortem and identification process on human remains discovered in a slurry pit this evening is due to take place on Friday morning.

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The grim discovery was made shortly before 5pm this evening by a landowner who was checking his Rahaniskey property between Whitechurch and Carrignavar in Cork following recent storms and floods.

He immediately alerted gardai.

Officers immediately sealed off the scene to allow for a full forensic and technical examination.

The Office of the State Pathologist has also been notified.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster is expected to conduct a preliminary examination at the scene before the remains are transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for a full post mortem examination.

The preliminary examination could only take place today once the pit has been emptied and full safety controls are put in place.

Garda sources indicated that there is nothing at this stage to indicate foul play is involved in the discovery.

However, a garda source stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the post mortem findings.

The garda priority will be identifying the individual with the process expected to involve cross-referencing those reported as missing in the Cork area over recent months.

One missing person search was focused since Christmas on the general Whitechurch-Carrignavar area.

The discovery of the human remains was made not far from where the mobile phone of a missing individual was located before Christmas.

It remains unclear at this stage whether the two discoveries are in any way linked.

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