The remains of local taxi-driver Michael Healy were discovered shortly before 10am yesterday morning. He was found by his brother at his apartment at 3 Rockspring Terrace in St Luke’s in Cork city.
It is understood Mr Healy had suffered head injuries.
The family of the father of two grown up sons had become concerned for his safety as he had not been seen since approximately midnight on Saturday.
Following the discovery of his body, gardaí from Mayfield station sealed off the apartment and it, along with the surrounding area, was examined by the local scenes-of-crime unit.
State pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy arrived at the scene yesterday afternoon and conducted a preliminary examination at the flat.
That examination confirmed that he may have died in suspicious circumstances and Mr Healy’s body was then removed to Cork University Hospital for a full postmortem examination.
The 62-year-old, who was born and bred in Cork, was well known around the city, regularly plying his trade from the taxi-stand close to Dunnes Stores in Patrick Street.
Sources said he was very dedicated and hard working and would often work 12-15 hours a day.
His taxi was at the scene at the time of the discovery of his body.
It was taken away for technical examination as part of the investigation into the death.
Locals said that while Mr Healy lived on his own and largely kept himself to himself, he was well known in the terrace in which he had been living for some time.
Last night Garda sources said they had spoken to witnesses who confirmed seeing him alive at midnight on Saturday.
It is expected officers will review CCTV footage in the city and suburbs to see if they can track his movements between that point and the discovery of his body yesterday.
A senior Garda spokesman said they were anxious to speak to anyone who might have seen him over the period from Saturday night. They particularly want to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area around his apartment in St Luke’s.
Anyone with information should contact either Mayfield Garda Station on 021 4558510 or Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021 4522000.