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A body found in a boarded up house may have been there for more than 20 years.
The grim discovery was made by officers investigating a property in Mallow, Co Cork, on Friday (January 13).
They found skeletal remains in a bed – as well as butter in the fridge which dated back to 2001, giving them an idea of how long the body may have been decomposing in the house.
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They were alerted after council staff started clearing out the derelict property on Beecher Street.
Fire service staff removed the remains to Cork University Hospital’s morgue, where investigators are hoping dental records will confirm the identity of the person.
Gardai do not suspect foul play and it’s believed neighbours thought the man, who was described as reclusive, had moved to England.
Mallow Cllr Liam Madden said it was "extraordinary" that the body could have been there undiscovered for two decades.
He added: “I find it hard to imagine. But it has happened before in other towns and villages where someone has been found.
"If they are local, it’s a very sad reflection that someone didn’t miss this person and say where would that person be.
“The big thing is identification now, it is going to take a long time.
"In some of these places that are boarded up, people have gone in there to sleep… it could be anyone.
“It’s very sad that there’s some family out there that could be looking for this person.”
A spokesman added: “Gardai are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body in a house in Mallow, Co Cork, at approximately 12pm, 13th of January 2023.
“The scene has been preserved. Inquiries are ongoing.”
A file for an inquest is being prepared and police have asked anyone with information to contact Mallow Garda Station on 022 31450.
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