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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Human remains from river have yet to be identified

GARDAI are still awaiting the results of DNA tests on human remains found in the River Blackwater last October to see if they are those of a local businessman who went missing more than two decades ago.

The remains were found in a car discovered on the bed of the river on October 30 last by divers from the Blackwater Sub Aqua Search and Rescue who were taking part in a routine training dive.

The car 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.

It was subsequently identified as a Daihatsu Charade, the same make and model as that being driven by local businessman and former county councillor William 'Bill' Fennessy, who disappeared more than 22years ago.

Mr Fennessy (54), who owned a pub, undertaker and auctioneers in Fermoy mysteriously disappeared in March 1990 and his car was never found.

Fermoy based garda Superintendent Mick Comyns said he had yet to receive any notification regarding the formal identification of the remains found in the car.

"We did make enquiries before Christmas but were told that there were no results back from the laboratory. At this point we do not know when to expect news as this process can take weeks," said Supt Comyns.

"The assistant state pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster, will contact us when a formal identification of the remains have been made. I have been given no indication if when that might be," he added.

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