The search for the driver of a car that entered the River Lee yesterday morning has led to the discovery of a second car, in which a body was found.
The body is that of Douglas Twomey. He had last been seen on Tuesday morning, at his home in Passage West.
Gardaí had issued a missing person’s alert for him on Thursday evening, saying he might have been driving a maroon-coloured Hyundai Santa Fe jeep. That is understood to be the vehicle in which his body was found yesterday.
Emergency services were first called to the scene just before 6am yesterday. A member of the public had spotted a car, with the bonnet submerged and the boot sticking out of the water, just beside Lee Boat Club. Search-and-rescue teams, including divers and the coastguard helicopter, began a search of the river to see if anyone had been in the car when it entered the water. One of the teams, from Mallow, had been searching the river the night before for a person missing in the area.
When the search teams examined the vehicle yesterday morning, they found it was empty and authorities sought to contact the registered owner of the car, a silver Nissan Primera, to see if it had been stolen.
Superintendent Tom Myers confirmed they had to establish whether the car had been driven into the water or pushed.
While the search was being carried out, the second car was discovered in the water, at 9.30am. A search of that vehicle led to the discovery of the body of Mr Twomey.
A second man is still missing in Cork City. Alan Donohue was last seen on Henry St, in the city centre, on Tuesday, at approximately 8.15am. He is described as 6ft tall, of strong build, with grey, receding hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a tan three-quarter-length trench coat and dark-blue jeans.
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