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Mum's body missing as son flees

A MAN who was ordered by a county coroner to bury the body of his mother, who died more than six weeks ago, has fled his Kerry home.

Authorities do not know where the remains of the elderly woman are.

The 91-year-old woman's body had been placed in a rented house in Kenmare by her son in early October.

The matter came to light when Kerry coroner Terence Casey was contacted by gardai after the landlord of a rented house in Kenmare reported there was a body lying in repose there.

The landlord then notified gardai. Gardai contacted the coroner, who served a notice on the man on October 25 that if he did not bury his mother, the body would be confiscated and put in cold storage at his expense.

When gardai called to the house to see if the man had complied with the coroner's request, there was no trace of the body -- or the woman's son.

The woman had died in Malta in September and her body was repatriated to the UK.

Her body had been collected at Gatwick Airport by her son, who then drove it to Ireland without having contacted the authorities.

It is understood the man, who is in his early 60s and from the south of England, was devoted to his mother and had been living in the Kenmare area for two years.