Massive volunteer search helps recover body of missing man

A huge volunteer search effort helped in the recovery yesterday of the body of a man who had been missing from his home in Cork for over a week.

A member of the public, who was among more than 250 volunteers who joined the search for missing Tom Keane in the Lough Mahon estuary area over the weekend, spotted a body floating in the water close to a pedestrian bridge about two hours before high tide yesterday morning.

Members of the Crosshaven Coast Guard and the Cork City Missing Persons group assisted in the recovery of the body a short time later.

The remains were removed to Cork University Hospital where formal identification is expected to be confirmed today.

However, the nine-day search for Mr Keane, who was last seen in the Mahon area last Friday week, has been stood down.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death will take place later.

However, gardaí do not believe that there are any suspicious circumstances involved. It is understood the matter is being treated as a personal tragedy.

The various search and rescue bodies praised all those who turned out to support them and Mr Keane’s family in the search and recovery operation, which was mounted on both sides of the estuary.

Meanwhile, gardaí have called in police agencies across Europe and the US in a bid to identify a body found in a Galway wood last month. The grim find was made on the evening of September 27 by a man out walking his dog at the wood near Rusheen on the Barna Road, Galway.

The badly decomposed body was discovered hanging from a tree and gardaí and fire fighters were quickly summoned to the scene.

The remains were removed to University College Hospital in Galway where a post mortem was carried out. It is understood that the man, believed to be aged 30-40, died from asphyxia and gardaí are treating his death as a tragedy.

However, efforts to identify him have been hampered by the absence of any form of identification on the body. An English £5 note was found in a pocket, but missing person records have failed to throw up a name or where he might be from.

DNA samples, fingerprints and dental impressions have all been taken and circulated to Interpol and to police in the US in a bid to trace the man.

The body is still at the mortuary in the Galway hospital as gardaí are anxious to avoid the possibility of a family having to apply for an exhumation at a future date.

Anyone who can help identify the mystery man is asked to contact gardaí at Salthill on 091 514 720.


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