Body found during search for missing woman

Body found during search for missing woman

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Civil Defence units from Clare, Galway and Tipperary took part in the search operation – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A body has been found in the search for a Clare woman reported missing after she failed to turn up for work on Tuesday night.

While formal identification of the body has yet to take place, the search for missing Sixmilebridge woman Annette Fawl (60), has been stood down.

Ms Fawl was last seen on Saturday night after she walked home from mass with two neighbours.

A major search was launched after she failed to turn up for her cleaning job at a local school on Tuesday evening.

Search teams from Clare, Limerick, Galway and Tipperary had been involved in the operation.

Specialist Civil Defence unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) teams launched drones to help them search large and inaccessible areas.

Over 100 locals joined volunteer search groups from four counties for the search – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A body was recovered from the river this afternoon and taken to Bunratty Search and Rescue Unit’s base before being removed to University Hospital Limerick for formal identification and postmortem examination.

The operation involved Gardaí, Civil Defence teams from Clare, Galway and Tipperary as well as Bunratty Search and Rescue Unit, Nenagh Ormond Search Unit and Limerick Land Search Unit.

The search has since been stood down.

Meanwhile, the body of a 37-years-old woman missing from Listowel, Co. Kerry since Saturday morning, 1st December, 2018 has been located. The body of Eavan Murphy was been removed to the morgue at Kerry University Hospital where a post mortem will take place.

The Garda press office said: “We would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.”

Meanwhile, members of the Shannon Estuary Mud Search and Rescue (SEMSAR) had been assisting with the search for a woman missing in Co Kerry.

The volunteer group was tasked to the Listowel area to assist Ballybunion Coast Guard, Gardaí, Mallow Search and Rescue and Abbeyfeale District Search and Rescue.

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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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