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Murder probe as man found in river

GARDAI launched a murder investigation after a man was reportedly thrown into a river today.

The man - who is in his 20s - was spotted floating in the River Bandon in west Cork shortly after midnight by a pedestrian who immediately raised the alarm.

His remains were recovered from the river early this morning and an initial examination indicated that he may have been the victim of a serious assault.

It is not believed that the man was in the river for any length of time.

Gardai confirmed to the Herald that they are treating his death as murder but were awaiting the result of a full post-mortem.

That examination is expected to be completed by the State Pathologist's office at Cork University Hospital this evening.

The Herald understands that a block of apartments in Bandon were sealed off this morning as part of the garda probe.

A man and a woman - in their 20s and 30s - are now helping detectives with their inquiries into the incident.

The deceased is understood to be from the Bandon area and has been resident in the town centre.

Gardai are also conducting door-to-door inquiries to determine if anyone heard or saw anything suspicious over the course of yesterday.

Officers will also conduct an examination of CCTV security camera footage from around the town centre to determine the last movements of the deceased.