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body recovered Body of third man found in Cork as Gardai probe death of two brothers in their 60s

The latest development came following the grim discovery in the early hours of the morning at a property outside Mitchelstown on the Kildorrery Road.

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Gardai pictured at the farm off the Mitchelstown to Mallow Road outside Kildorrery, Co Cork

Gardai pictured at the farm off the Mitchelstown to Mallow Road outside Kildorrery, Co Cork

Gardai pictured at the farm off the Mitchelstown to Mallow Road outside Kildorrery, Co Cork

A third body has been found by Gardai who began a manhunt following a suspected double murder at a farm in Co Cork.

Gardai are now set to launch a murder investigation after the bodies of two brothers in their 60s were discovered in a remote property in Cork early this morning.

The body of another man was later found in a river close to the discovery of a van Gardai had been searching for.

Gardai confirmed the man they had been searching for is related to the brothers.

The latest development came following the grim discovery in the early hours of the morning at a property outside Mitchelstown on the Kildorrery Road.

One body was found in a yard and another body was found in a shed.

The area at Curraghgorm was sealed off as Mitchelstown Gardaí awaited the arrival of members of the Garda Technical Bureau.

Armed support units also attended the scene overnight.

Gardaí later located a red Toyota Corolla van that they had previously been looking to trace. The public had been warned not to approach the vehicle if they spotted it.

Detectives had been trying to trace the whereabouts of a third individual - understood to be linked to the property - who was not present at the address.

In a statement at lunchtime, Gardai confirmed the location of a third body, in a river close to the discovery of the vehicle.

"Shortly before midnight, Thursday 25 February 2021, Gardai in Mitchelstown were alerted to the an incident at a farm house and lands at Curragorm, Mitchelstown. Local Uniform and Plain Clothes Gardaí attended the scene supported by Armed Support Units.

"A male in his 60s was discovered deceased in the farmyard. Following a further search the body of a second male in his 60s was also discovered in a shed on the farmyard. Both males are related.

"Gardaí commenced a search for a 3rd male, also related, believed to be driving a Red Toyota Corolla Carvan, 03 WW 1556," they said in the statement.

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"This car was subsequently found by Gardaí parked at an unconnected farmhouse at Killacluig, Mitchelstown. This car has been removed from the scene for a technical examination.

"An Garda Síochána have discovered the body of male in a river in a remote location nearby. Investigations are ongoing at this time to recover and identify this body."

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Gardai pictured at the farm off the Mitchelstown to Mallow Road outside Kildorrery, co. Cork where the bodies of two brothers in their 60s were discovered

Gardai pictured at the farm off the Mitchelstown to Mallow Road outside Kildorrery, co. Cork where the bodies of two brothers in their 60s were discovered

Gardai pictured at the farm off the Mitchelstown to Mallow Road outside Kildorrery, co. Cork where the bodies of two brothers in their 60s were discovered

A number of scenes have now been preserved for technical examination by the Garda Technical Bureau today.

One of the deceased was not resident at the north Cork property.

The area is a remote farm located just off the Mitchelstown to Mallow Road outside Kildorrery.

It is understood the bodies were discovered after Gardaí were made aware of an incident at the property, a family farm.

It is understood Gardaí received a phone call to say someone had just been killed at the property.

When they attended minutes later, two bodies were found by armed officers in different locations.

Gardai said at lunchtime that the bodies of the two males remain at the scene.

Gardaí have sealed off the area and maintained a security cordon some distance from the property.

Dr. Margot Bolster, Locum Assistant State Pathologist, will attend the scene and post mortems will be later carried out at Cork University Hospital later.

"An Garda Síochána appeal to any person with information on the incidents that occurred last night to contact investigating Gardai at Mitchelstown Garda Station 025 84833, the Garda Confidential Number 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station," the statement added.

The Mitchelstown tragedy came just five months after a father and two sons died in a murder-double suicide in Kanturk.

That triple tragedy was linked to a dispute over a family inheritance.

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