Gardaí are carrying out enquiries into an incident where a man allegedly brought the body of his recently deceased relative to the post office in order to collect the late man's pension.
It is understood the post office in Carlow town alerted gardaí after the man arrived seeking to collect his relative's pension.
When he was told he would need the man to be present to collect the pension, he allegedly came back a short time later with the body of his deceased relative in tow.
A Garda source said it appeared that the man had "brought his relative's body to the post office" to collect the pension
The Garda investigation is currently focused on determining the cause of the man's death. It may then be widened to examine whether there was fraud involved. No arrests have been made.
Gardaí believe the man may have died of natural causes.
The Garda Press Office said gardaí are "currently investigating all the circumstances surrounding the unexplained death of an elderly male in the Carlow area" earlier today.
“The services of the Garda Technical Bureau and the Office of the State Pathologist have been requested,” a garda spokesperson said.
A post mortem will be conducted by the Office of the State Pathologist, the results of which will determine the course of the investigation.
No further information is available at this time, the Garda Press Office said.