Two men held after body found in Kerry bog

The body of a man in his late 20s, found in a quiet bogland area in north Kerry yesterday afternoon, is believed to have been brought in from another area and dumped there.

Two men were being questioned by gardaí in Tralee and Listowel last night in connection with the discovery. They can be held for 24 hours under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

One of the men is Irish and the other is a non-national. Both are understood to be in their 20s.

It is believed the body may be that of a missing Brazilian man who had been living in Gort, Co Galway, for some time. He was named locally as Bruno da Souza Silva, and has been missing for just under a month.

It is estimated up to 30% of the population in Gort are from Brazil, with many working in a meat processing plant before it closed.

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau have been called to the scene.

Dr Margot Bolster is due to visit the scene this morning and will later carry out an autopsy, which is also expected to help formally establish the identity of the deceased.

The body remained at the scene last night and will not be removed until seen by Dr Bolster.

The grim discovery was made in Shroneowen, part of Tullamore bog, about 8km from Listowel, at 2pm yesterday.

It followed an intelligence-based Garda search involving upwards of 30 personnel.

The body was partially clothed and partially covered in a bog hole, alongside what was described as a “rough road” and well away from the main road.

Gardaí believe the body could have been there for a few weeks, but were reluctant to give any details pending further examination of the scene and Dr Bolster’s postmortem.

The men were arrested soon after the discovery.

The missing Brazilian was last seen in Ballyduff, also in north Kerry, in mid-February.

A house in Ballyduff had been cordoned off last night and searches were also carried out in other areas of north Kerry, including Ferry Bridge and Lisselton.

Meanwhile, the spot where the body was found was being preserved and was under Garda control last night.


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