Man not seen for days discovered dead at bottom of stairs
Gardaí are keeping an open mind about the death of a middle-aged man whose body was found in his Co Cork home.
The man, who is aged in his 50s, was discovered by gardaí lying near the foot of the stairs in his home in Newmarket, Co Cork.
The man had not been seen in recent days and concerned neighbours contacted gardaí.
It is understood he was last seen on St Patrick's Day.
Gardaí sealed off the scene to allow for a full forensic examination by members of the Garda Technical Bureau.
The man's body was then removed to Cork University Hospital.
The Office of the State Pathologist has been notified and a full post-mortem examination will be conducted today by assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.
Gardaí stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the post- mortem findings.
It is understood that there was no sign of a break-in at the property.
Gardaí have appealed for anyone who may have seen the deceased over the St Patrick's weekend to contact them.