'We would have found Ryan's body in no time'

Dónal Nolan

Abbeyfeale District Search and Rescue (ADSAR) volunteers say they would have found the body of Bobby Ryan, aka Mr Moonlight, during the initial probe into his disappearance had they been given the go-ahead to search the Tipp farm at the centre of the State's longest-ever murder trial.

Over 30 ADSAR members travelled from west Limerick to conduct a search of Bansha Woods in the days following the disappearance of the popular DJ on June 3 of 2011. The unit's work in the case was featured in a documentary aired on Virgin Media One on Monday.

"We were only tasked with searching the woods where his van was discovered, but had we been allowed search the farm we would have found the body in no time. It would have been a piece of cake," ADSAR equipment officer Christopher Kelliher told The Kerryman this week.

"Even with the bales of silage covering the run-off tank where the body was eventually discovered we would have seen there was something amiss there immediately. It was a handy farm to search, there was no haggard and you could cut silage right up to the wall of the sheds. 

"It would have been quite simple to find the body, especially with our expertise in searching farm yards. But we were brought in really to eliminate the forestry from garda enquiries," Mr Kelliher said.