A murder inquiry is to be launched after a man missing for more than a week was found dead on farmland.
The dead man, named locally as Silvestras Stokrus, who moved to Ireland from eastern Europe several years ago, was discovered by a farmer at a ditch on his land at Cornamucklagh, Broadford, Co Kildare.
A post-mortem examination is to be carried out to determine the exact cause of death and when and where it may have occurred.
Gardai said the body was removed from the field and brought to the mortuary at Naas General Hospital last night while the scene of the discovery was being examined by forensic teams.
The dead man, aged 20, had come to Ireland with family from Lithuania and had been living in the Bun Daire area of Kinnegad.
He was found at about 3.30pm yesterday afternoon with his body showing signs of head injuries.
He had not been seen since Sunday March 8 but a missing person report was not recorded for several days.
A Garda appeal for information on the missing man had been issued a week after he was last seen.
He was described as 5ft 11ins, thin and with short brown hair. He had been wearing a dark grey jumper and black trousers.
It is understood the dead man’s family were contacted immediately after the discovery.