GARDAI have managed to trace relatives of Englishman Alan Moore (62), whose body lay undiscovered for up to three months after he died alone in a rented house in Wexford.
A notice published in a local newspaper in Salford, Manchester, appealing to anyone who knew Alan Moore to get in touch with gardai resulted in a brother and niece of the deceased man making contact over the weekend. The body of the pensioner was found in a small terraced house in Wexford town on March 18.
Mr Moore, who died alone, lay undiscovered in a bedroom of the small, rented house for nearly three months.
The alarm was raised by a woman who thought it was strange to still see Christmas tree lights in a tiny front window of his house near the centre of Wexford town.
His body was found on the bedroom floor in an advanced state of decomposition. The house was still draped in Christmas decorations and the heating was still on.
In the days following the tragic discovery, bouquets of flowers and messages of goodwill were left on the windowsills outside his rented home.
News of Mr Moore's death was greeted with shock and sadness by local residents, who knew very little about the reclusive Englishman.
Investigating gardai found no documentation in the house that would have enabled them to contact his next-of-kin.
Almost two weeks passed without success until a public appeal in a Salford newspaper resulted in a brother of the deceased man contacting Wexford Garda Station last Friday.
No decision has yet been made about funeral arrangements for Mr Moore, whose body is reposing at Mulligan's Funeral Home in The Faythe, Wexford.