Wednesday 13 December 2017

Gardai believe missing Adrian Folan 'may have been murdered'

The Cliffs of Moher, inset, Adrian Folan

By Ken Foy

Gardai believe that a man who has been missing since last Thursday may have been murdered by another person who is well-known to him.

Adrian Folan (41) was last seen alive in Athlone Town in Westmeath on the night of Thursday 3 July, at roughly 11.40pm.

Detectives had been  probing whether his body was dumped in the River Shannon outside Athlone after he was the victim of a fatal assault.

Searches of the river for Mr Folan’s body by garda divers took place yesterday.

However, today gardai have today sealed off an area at a quarry near the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare following the discovery of a body.

The body has yet to be identified.

"It is expected that the body will be removed later this afternoon to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where a post mortem examination will be carried out by the State Pathogolist Professor Marie Cassidy," a garda spokesman said. .

"The body has not yet been formally identified. 

"The area remains sealed off to facilitate a forensic examination of the scene."

In another development, a man in his early 40s who was well known to Mr Folan was arrested in Galway city this morning and he is currently being detained at Galway Garda station.

Sources say that Mr Folan is originally from Galway and investigators believe that he may have been killed during a drink-fuelled row.

A senior source said: “Detectives have grave concerns for Mr Folan’s welfare.”

He was last seen in Athlone last Thursday.

He was a student at the town's Institute of Technology and had been working on an end-of-year project with some classmates.

Gardai said that Mr Folan is approximately 1.7m (5’7”) tall with brown/grey hair, blue eyes and is described as being of stocky build.

When last seen he was wearing a grey t-shirt, brown knee length shorts and sandals.

Gardai first appealed for information on the case yesterday afternoon and have asked anyone with information to Athlone Garda Station on 090 6498550, the Garda Confidential Line or any Garda station.

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