Body of missing teenager found this afternoon

Body of missing teenager found this afternoon

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The body of a young man, who had been missing from his home for almost a week, has been found on the outskirts of Ennis this afternoon.

19-year-old Jack Dinan was last seen last Tuesday when he left his home at around 10.00am.

A major multi-agency search operation was mounted later in the day when his family expressed concern for his safety and confirmed to gardaí that Jack may have a firearm with him.

The search initially involved uniformed gardaí and armed detectives who were joined that evening by a helicopter from the Garda Air Support Unit.

The Garda Air Support Unit was also involved in the search for Jack – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The following day, members of Clare Civil Defence, specially trained in drone operations, were requested to assist in the search.

While gardaí had warned the public not to approach Jack, they also confirmed there was no suggestion or evidence that Jack would harm anybody.

Gardaí made a public appeal for Jack to return home or at least make contact with a family member to let them know he was alright.

At around 3.40 this afternoon Jack’s body was located in a wooded area at Beechpark about two kilometres from his home. The discovery was made by a man who had been walking in the area. Members of Clare Civil Defence assisted gardaí with the recovery of the body.

The Garda press office confirmed the officers searching for Jack, “located his body in a wooded area near Ennis.”

Following an examination of the scene, the teenager’s body was removed to University Hospital Limerick where a postmortem examination will take place.

Gardaí have confirmed that they do not believe that the young man’s death is suspicious.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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