Three men still in custody as gardai open murder probe in Athlone
Three men are still in gardai custody after the discovery of a man's body in the River Shannon.
Gardai have opened a murder investigation after the discovery of the 23-year-old man's body in the River Shannon in Athlone last night.
The man, who was originally from Poland, was removed from the water close to the Athlone bypass bridge along the M6 Dublin to Galway road at approximately 8.25pm last night.
The victim was named locally as as Patryk "Paddy" Krupa (23).
The body was discovered partially submerged in water in an area known as Bogginfin. The area has been sealed off pending a full Garda technical examination
Today, gardai are interviewing the man's friends in a bid to establish circumstances surrounding the incident.
Gardai are investigating reports that a man was seen "being bundled into a car" in Athlone shortly before the body was discovered.
It is not known whether it was the same man but gardai are investigating whether there is any link.
The three men are currently detained in garda stations in Athlone and Mullingar.
A post-mortem examination on the deceased is expected to take place later today at University Hospital Galway.
Gardaí wish to appeal for witnesses or to anyone who can assist with the investigation to contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 6498550, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.