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Missing dad's body found in slurry tank

GARDAI are poised to launch a murder investigation after a body was found in a disused slurry tank with a concrete slab placed over the top.

The dead man is believed to be Bobby Ryan (52), who was reported missing in Tipperary in June 2011, but this will not be confirmed until the remains have been fully examined.

The body was found at a farm in Fawnagown outside Tipperary town – the same property where the last reported sighting of Mr Ryan was made.

The remains were discovered yesterday by a man who the Herald understands has leased some of the farmland from its owner, Mary Lowry.



Ms Lowry was Bobby Ryan's partner. After leaving her home on June 3, 2011, he was never seen again.

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar will carry out a post-mortem examination.

The results will determine if the garda investigation is upgraded to a murder probe.

The farm on the Tipperary-Bansha road remained sealed off yesterday. The disused pit where the body was found is 10ft deep and contains a small amount of liquid.

A concrete slab was covering the top and the remains inside are understood to have decomposed.

The tank is a short distance from the farmhouse.

The farm was closed off as the family of Mr Ryan watched from outside the main entrance.

Mr Ryan, a grandfather from Cashel, left the farmhouse at 6.30am on the Friday morning of the June bank holiday weekend in 2011 to go to work at Killough Quarry near Thurles where he drove a truck. When he failed to turn up for work, colleagues contacted his family.

His daughter, Michelle, found her father's Citroen van at nearby Bansha Woods on the same day, a short distance from the Fawnagown farm.



His brother, John Ryan, said that the family had been informed of developments at the farm yesterday afternoon.

"He was found out the back but we don't know much more than that.

"The forensic officers are working away there now," Mr Ryan said.

Michelle Ryan – Bobby's only daughter – travelled from Cork to the scene.

She said she is hopeful that her family will get answers and justice for her father.

"My shoulders feel lighter now than they did when I woke up this morning.

"In a way, it is a relief because hopefully from today, we won't have to wake up in the morning and wonder where our father is and who did what to him."