Woman found after Comeragh Mountains search named locally

Gardai said her body was found at around 6.30pm on Monday. 
Woman found after Comeragh Mountains search named locally

The woman found after the search of the mountain has been named locally. 

A female runner and hillwalking enthusiast whose body was found on the Comeragh mountains after going missing on Sunday was a married mother of two children.

She has been named locally Gillian Ryan, 37, from the Horse and Jockey, Thurles, Co Tipperary was a member of Thurles Crokes Athletic Club and her family is well-known in the area.

Gardai said her body was found at around 6.30pm on Monday. 

Search teams had been expected to resume their exhaustive bid today to locate her along the extensive Comeragh mountain range. 

Emergency services members remained with her remains for several hours until they were removed from the Coumshingaun Loop trail. 

A post mortem examination is expected to be carried out today at University Hospital Waterford.

The Coast Guard air and sea rescue 117 Sikorsky helicopter used a heat camera for several hours throughout Monday afternoon in a bid to try and pinpoint where the married mother might have been.

Up to 30 highly trained members of mountain rescue teams took part in the search along the Tipperary/Waterford mountain range.

Gardai and mountain rescue located the married mother’s body close to an area where she had been believed to been last seen.

Ms Ryan was due to return from her run along the Coumshingaun Loop trail at 2pm but when her husband did not hear from her he alerted emergency services at 3pm. 

She had been in constant contact with family members prior to her disappearance.

The South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) is leading the multi-agency search along with Search And Rescue Dog Association Ireland (SADRA), Rescue 117 of the Irish Coast Guard and local gardaí are involved in the search operation since Sunday.

On Monday mountain rescue volunteers from other parts of the country including members of Kerry Mountain Rescue, Dublin and Wicklow search teams and the Glen of Imaal mountain rescuers. Civil Defence volunteers also began assisting in the search. Two SADRA dogs are also on the extensive mountain range helping with the wide ranging search.

Ms Ryan was last seen at around 12.45pm on Sunday.

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