Sunday 21 July 2019

Probe launched after discovery of man's body in Cork

Cork University Hospital
Cork University Hospital

Ralph Riegel

GARDAÍ confirmed they are no longer treating as suspicious the discovery of a man's body by a popular river walkway just a few hundred metres from Cork city centre.

The body, that of a man in his 40s, was discovered shortly before lunchtime on the River Lee walkway between the Mardyke and the North Mall by a pedestrian who immediately raised the alarm.

Emergency services including paramedics attended the area.

However, the man was pronounced dead at the scene before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

It is understood the man may have been dead for several hours before being discovered.

The body was found lying face-down in a patch of undergrowth just off the riverside path.

The area is popular with walkers, joggers, fishermen and locals who use it as a short-cut into the city.

It is understood the deceased is from the Mayfield/Ballyvolane area of Cork.

However, Gardaí were working to formally identify the man with relatives and friends.

The State Pathologist's Office was notified and a full post mortem examination was conducted at CUH by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

Gardaí confirmed following the post mortem examination that the man's death was not being treated as suspicious.

Further tests will be required before a cause of death will be confirmed for a coroner's inquest.

The area where the body was discovered was sealed off and Garda

Technical Bureau officers were examining the scene.

Detectives also checked CCTV security camera footage from nearby businesses to try and determine the last known movements of the man and anyone who may have been in his company.

Gardaí urged anyone who may have been in the North Mall, Mardyke or River Lee walkway areas of Cork city centre since Monday evening to contact them at Gurranabraher Garda Station on (021) 494 6200.

 A file will now be prepared for the Cork City Coroner Philip Comyn.

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