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tragic find Skeletal remains found in submerged car identified as missing Cork man Barry Coughlan

Barry was last seen outside the Moonduster Inn on Saturday morning, May 1, 2004

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Barry Coughlan was last seen in 2004

Barry Coughlan was last seen in 2004

Barry Coughlan was last seen in 2004

Gardai say skeletal remains found off Hugh Coveney Pier, Co Cork are those of Barry Coughlan who was reported missing in May 2004.  

Officers were first notified when a submerged car was discovered by divers on May 26 of this year.

The scene was preserved as the Garda Water Unit conducted a search operation and were able to extract the car from the water the following day.

The car was technically examined and later confirmed as a red Toyota with the registration plate. 98-C-18625.

Gardaí discovered the skeletal remains during the technical examination. They were later transferred to Cork City Morgue where an examination was carried out.

The results of the examination, and DNA analysis by Forensic Science Ireland have now confirmed the identity of the remains.

Barry was last seen outside the Moonduster Inn between 1.30am and 2am on Saturday morning, May 1, 2004.

In the years that followed, Barry’s younger sister Donna campaigned tirelessly, trying to keep her brother’s case in the spotlight.

The Coughlan family said it was completely out of character for the 23-year-old who was making plans for the future that included buying a house, to vanish.

A file will now be prepared for the coroner by investigating gardaí.

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