Walkers find woman’s body on Donegal beach

Gardaí say postmortem results show nothing suspicious about death of woman

Gardaí say they are not treating the woman’s death as suspicious. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gardaí say they are not treating the woman’s death as suspicious. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

 

Gardaí have confirmed the body of a woman has been washed up on Leenan Beach in Clonmany, Co Donegal.

The body, which was badly decomposed, was found by walkers yesterday morning at around 9.30am.

A postmortem on the remains was carried out today at Letterkenny University Hospital by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

DNA tests will now be carried out on the remains in a bid to make a positive identification on the body.

Gardaí say they are not treating the discovery of the body as suspicious.

Superintendent Eugene McGovern said: “The skeletal remains of a woman was found at Leenan Beach by two males out walking.

“There was a storm the night before and we are satisfied the remains were not there the night before.

“We are also satisfied in the wake of the postmortem that there is nothing suspicious about the death.

“Although we do not yet know the identity of the person, we are hopeful that with DNA profiling we may be in a position to know the identity of the person in the coming weeks.”