GARDAI searches of the River Barrow on the M7 and near Monasterevin have been called off, following the discovery of a body this morning in Laois.
No idenfitication has yet been of the body this morning which was found as part of the search for missing Laois woman, Aoife Phelan.
The State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy is carrying out a preliminary examination of the scene at a property on the Timahoe Road, Portlaoise
In a Garda briefing at 3.45pm, Superintendent Dave Taylor of the Garda Press Office outlined that shortly after 11am this morning Gardai, as part of a planned search, “discoverd a body at a location known as Timahoe Road. The search of the property in question began last Monday.
“The scene has been sealed off for a full technical examination, which is underway at the moment.
“The Office of the State Pathologist has been notified and Dr Cassidy has arrived at the scene to carry out a preliminary examination.
“The Phelan family have been advised of this morning’s developments and a Family Liasion Officer is in close contact with the family,” stated Superintendent Taylor.
“The family is being fully briefed.
“No identificaiton has been made at the moment. The body is still at the scene and we await Dr Cassidy’s instructions.
“No arrests have been made today and the investigation is ongoing.”
In relation to searches of the River Barrow which took place yesterday and today, Supt. Taylor said that they were part of a number of planned searches.
He also thanked the public for their assistance. “The public have been exceptional and we thank them for their immense help.”