Gardaí said the remains, found in the Fawnagown area between Tipperary town and Bansha at about 2pm yesterday, had been lying in place for some time.
The decomposed body was found in a slurry pit not far from the place where 52-year-old grandfather Bobby Ryan from Boherlahan, near Cashel, was last seen in Jun 2011.
Well-known in the Tipperary area as a DJ, under the name Mr Moonlight, Mr Ryan also worked as a driver.
His disappearance was a mystery to his family and friends who mounted a vigorous search operation in the intervening period, along with the investigation led by gardaí.
Gardaí would not confirm yesterday if the body found was that of Mr Ryan but the missing man’s brother, John Ryan, said that he was “100% certain” it would prove to be that of Bobby.
Detectives were in touch with the family to update them on the development and confirmed that the death is being treated as suspicious.
John Ryan said: “I got a fright when I got the phonecall but we’ve been searching for him for the last two years, with nothing to show for it. It’s about 50 yards from where he left that morning [Jun 3, 2011].”
A preliminary autopsy was carried out yesterday evening by Marie Cassidy, the state pathologist, while gardaí preserved the scene to allow a forensic examination of the scene. An incident room was also set up in the Garda station in Tipperary town.
Mr Ryan was a father of two and a grandfather of three and his family put up many posters around Bansha and Tipperary asking for information about his disappearance, as well as searching for him.
A major search operation was conducted by gardaí last September in woodland between Tipperary and Bansha, in the townland of Cordangan, but nothing was found by the 30 officers involved.
Now, the discovery of a body close to an area where Bobby had been visiting looks like the first definitive development in the case.
“It’s all pointing to that,” said John Ryan, before adding that he did not want to comment on how his brother might have met his death, while the investigation into the cause is ongoing.
“We want it all sorted and don’t want to jeopardise anything. It’s a sad day, we were out searching for the last two years and at least we have half-closure now. I’m 100% certain it’s his body. We don’t know how he died but I suppose we’ll have that in time. Hopefully anyway.”