The body of Tommy King, 50, from Carraroe in Co Galway, was found in a ditch by a jogger yesterday morning near Rossaveal in south Connemara.
Gardaí sealed off the area after it emerged that the deceased man appeared to have suffered head injuries, but garda sources last night indicated that the man may have died of natural causes.
Mr King’s body was found on the side of a narrow boreen, about 40m from the old road from Ballinahown to the fishing and ferry port at Rossaveal, which services the Aran Islands.
Gardaí last night said they did not believe there was anything unlawful regarding the circumstances of the bachelor’s death, although they were awaiting awaited the results of a postmortem examination by deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.
Dr Curtis carried out a preliminary inspection where the body was found before it was removed to University Hospital Galway.
Mr King’s body was found by a jogger shortly after 8am yesterday.
Mr King was wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and black boots.
He was also wearing a high-visibility jacket he was given by gardaí several months ago as part of a road safety promotion.
He was last seen on Sunday night in a pub in Rossaveal. Mr King sometimes stayed with his sister Bríd in the area. He was said to be well known and liked in the area and in Carraroe, where he lived.
Gardaí have set up an incident room at Carraroe and have appealed for witnesses.
There were emotional scenes as members of Mr King’s family — brothers Padraig and Peadar and sister Nancy — arrived at the scene.
Padraig King said: “It is terrible news. I’ve only just heard and came here straight away. The family are devastated... We don’t know what happened.”
lWitnesses can contact gardaí on 091 595102.