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File photo of woodlands near Rathdrum in Co Wicklow. Google Maps

Post-mortem due on body found in Co Wicklow woodlands

The body of a fully-clothed male was found shortly before 11am; a full post-mortem is due later this evening.

Update, 17:17

GARDAÍ HAVE SAID a full post-mortem will be carried out this evening on a body found in woodlands in Co Wicklow this morning.

The body of the man, which was fully clothed, was discovered at Trooperstown Wood near Rathdrum shortly before 11am this morning.

The Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Khalid Jabbar, carried out a preliminary examination at the scene.

The remains have now been moved to St Columcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown for a full post-mortem.

Gardaí suspect that the body is that of missing Arklow man Philip O’Toole, who was last seen at his home on Monday 7 January.

The O’Toole family has been fully briefed by Garda liaison officers, though an identification will not be carried out until the full post-mortem has been performed.

Gardaí have asked anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour, involving persons or vehicles, in the Trooperstown Wood area between January 7 and today to contact their special incident room at Bray Garda Station at (01) 666 5300.

They can also contact the Garda Confidential line at 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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