A man who was found dead in a field a day after he was reported missing at the weekend may have died from exposure.
An autopsy was conducted yesterday on the body of Michael Murray, 33, from Ballincollig, Co Cork, who was reported missing after a night out in Cork on Friday night.
His body was found during searches of fields near the Limeworth estate on the southern side of the town, close to his home, around lunchtime on Sunday.
Gardaí ruled out foul play and believe that exposure and hypothermia may have been a factor in his death.
Mr Murray, an only child, was reported missing on Saturday afternoon when he failed to return home after a night out in the city.
It was initially reported that he had been last seen in the early hours of Saturday morning on Washington St but it was later established that he had taken a taxi to Ballincollig.
Searches involving gardaí and dozens of Mr Murray’s friends were mounted on Saturday close to where he had been dropped off, and they got under way again yesterday morning.
A coastguard helicopter was tasked to assist in the search but it was stood down when Mr Murray’s body was found in a field at around 1pm on Sunday, close to the centre of the search operation.
The scene was sealed off for a full technical and forensic examination but there was no evidence of foul play.
It is believed that Mr Murray, tragically, may have become disorientated as he tried to take a shortcut home through fields, and may have succumbed to the cold.
The findings of the autopsy will be included in a file which will be prepared for the coroner’s court in due course.
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