While the dead man has not been officially identified, he is understood to be Michal Rejmer, a Polish man based in Limerick for the last 11 years. Mr Rejmer, 38, worked at a McDonald’s in Castletroy. He was a popular member of Dooneen Athletic Club and regularly competed in marathons.
Mr Rejmer was last seen at his house at The Pines, Briarfield, in Castletroy on December 30. This is about 500m from the McDonald’s where he worked.
A missing person alert was made to gardaí when Mr Rejmer didn’t show up for work in recent days.
Gardaí went to his residence at Briarfield yesterday, where they met a Polish man and woman in their 20s.
Meanwhile, a Garda search party, who had been making house-to-house inquiries in the estate, went to the back of the house where they discovered a body covered in black plastic at around 11am yesterday.
The house is about 400m from the Kilmurry roundabout on the main Castletroy road. The two people in the house went voluntarily to Henry St Garda Station where they gave detailed statements about their last meeting with Mr Rejmer.
Superintendent Derek Smart, leading the investigation, said they have not confirmed the identity of the person whose body was found in the back garden.
The Technical Bureau was due at the scene last night and the body will not be removed until state pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy visits the scene this morning. Supt Smart said Dr Cassidy will carry out a postmortem today at University Hospital Limerick.
Until this is complete, gardaí will not be able to determine the direction the investigation will take.
“We have a missing person. We also have a body found in the back garden of a house and I cannot say at this point in time if this body is that of the missing person.
“I would appeal to anybody who may have been in the Briarfield area since December 30 to come forward if they have heard or seen anything suspicious in that area or have any information on this.”
A member of Dooneen Athletic Club said: “Michal was a very dedicated athlete and was very much into marathons. He was a sound fellow.”