Body of man found in the canal in Co Kildare remains at the scene

Barry Corcoran
Barry Corcoran

The body of a man found in the canal in Co Kildare yesterday remains at the scene today under tight security as Garda forensic and underwater teams prepare to carry out searches.

The body, believed to be that of missing man Barry Corcoran, was found dismembered in a container in the water at Ardclough yesterday at around 3.30pm.

A group of young men opened the container and made the shocking discovery.

The deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis is due to carry out an examination later.

Gardaí in Leixlip are appealing for witnesses following the grim discovery, and are holding a case conference today.

Speaking earlier to his brother William said that ever since Barry went missing, the family has been hoping to know the truth about what happened to him.

 "In some ways I hope it is Barry that has been found, in other ways I hope it's not,” he said.

"It's hard to know what sort of people are out there that could do something like this to anyone."

Mr Corcoran, 38, was last seen in Ballyfermot on July 6 and gardai later searched an area near where the body was found.

The remains, believed to be male, will be analysed by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis on and DNA samples will be taken.

They will be matched against a number of other samples in order to verify the identity.