HUMAN remains found in a car discovered on the bed of the River Blackwater in Fermoy in November were to be tested to ascertain if they are those of a local man who had been missing for 22 years.
A garda spokesman confirmed that the car found by members of the Blackwater Sub Aqua Search and Rescue was a Daihatsu Charade - the same make and model as that driven by local businessman and former Labour County Councillor William 'Bill' Fennessy.
Mr Fennessy (54), who owned a pub, undertakers and auctioneers in Fermoy mysteriously disappeared in March 1990 and his car was never found.
His wife Noreen and brother James waited by the riverside as sub aqua teams made a number of dives to the submerged car on the river bed.
It was embedded in thick silt close to the northern bank of the river, approximately 350 metres upstream from the town bridge opposite Fermoy Rowing Club.
Clutching a piece of paper with the registration number of his brother's car on it, James said he hoped the discovery would finally bring closure.