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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Garda probe as decomposed body of a man found in derelict property

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Gardai are keeping an open mind about the discovery of the decomposed body of a man in west Cork.

The man, understood to be in his late 60s, was discovered in a semi-derelict property in a rural area outside Dunmanway.

The grim discovery was made early on Saturday morning after concerns were raised locally about the well-being of the man.

It is understood he is not an Irish national though he has been resident in the Cork area for some time.

The man suffered from a number of medical and mental health issues.

Gardaí discovered the remains in the property and the initial indications are that the man died more than a week ago.

However, it is possible that he may have been dead in the isolated property for even longer.

No one else was resident at the property.

The house was in a very ramshackle condition and gardaí were initially unable to determine if there was any sign of a disturbance.

The State Pathologist's Office was notified and a full post mortem examination will now be conducted at Cork University Hospital (CUH) by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

Garda sources stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the findings of the post mortem examination.

The scene was preserved for a full forensic examination by garda technical experts.

Gardaí are now trying to determine when the man was last seen alive and have commenced door to door inquiries with neighbours and local landowners.

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