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Mystery surrounds body found in Westport


Neill O’Neill

GARDAÍ in Westport say they have not yet established the identity of a man that was found deceased in the town on Saturday. Investigations are ongoing after the discovery of a body in an underground car park in the town by some local youths on Saturday evening. Foul play has been ruled out and the case is being treated as a sudden death, but the identity of the deceased, thought to be aged in his mid 40s, remains a mystery.
A post-mortem examination has not yet been carried out and Gardaí are understood to be following the only lead they have, which is the Northern Ireland registered car that the deceased was found beside. They have been in touch with the PSNI on the matter.
A solid line of inquiry being pursued is that the deceased is from Mayo and purchased the car in the north recently, and members of communities across the county are being asked to contact Gardaí if you have any concerns for a male relative, friend or neighbour you have not seen in recent days.  
The deceased is not thought to have been staying in any hotel or rented accommodation in the Westport area, nor working in the town, and the possibility that he had been living in his car is one line of inquiry being explored. It is hoped that a thorough search of the car will yield more clues but nobody from the locality has been reported as missing in recent days. As such, mystery surrounds the identity of the man and an investigation is underway to establish how long he had been in the car park before being discovered.
Anybody with information is asked to contact Westport Garda Station on 098 50230 or your local garda station.

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