US tourist took his own life in Beaufort

AN AMERICAN tourist who took his own life while on holidays in Kerry was seen on CCTV buying a rope in a local store.

The body of the 60-year-old from California was found in a wooded location in Derryard, Beaufort, on April 27, 2013 by a member of the Kerry Mountain Rescue team, after his hire car was noticed by a local resident.

A local witness gave evidence to an inquest in Killarney on Monday of seeing a red Volkeswagon in the same location on April 25 and 26 on her way to work.

After noticing the car had not moved at 7pm on April 26 she got out to investigate and saw a note on the front passenger seat and phoned Killarney Garda Station.

Michael Ward, a member of the Kerry Mountain Rescue team told the inquest that he found the body of the man just after 8.40am in a wooded area.

Garda Finbarr Donovan gave evidence of finding the suicide note, and of recovering the body just 400 metres from the car.

A post mortem examination of the body found a high level of alcohol in his blood and a number of prescribed drugs.

The inquest also heard that the man was seen on CCTV buying rope on April 24 - the day before the car was first spotted in Derryard, Beaufort.

Coroner Terence Casey said it was "an unfortunate case where a man has travelled from California and takes his own life" and recorded a verdict of death by suicide in accordance with the findings of Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

Mr Casey paid tribute to the local who discovered the car saying, "if every member of the community took more notice like that a lot of lives could be saved".

He also thanked the members of the Kerry Mountain Rescue team for their help with the search.