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Gardaí Investigate Tipperary Violent Death

FawnagownGardaí here in Tipperary are continuing their investigation into the violent death of 52 year old Mr Bobby Ryan, Boherlahan, Tipperary, latter who had been missing since the Friday morning of the June bank holiday weekend, back in 2011.

The remains of Mr Ryan’s body were discovery on Tuesday afternoon last in a 10ft deep, sealed, disused slurry tank on a farm at Fawnagown, Co Tipperary.

Following the completion of a post-mortem examination at Waterford Regional Hospital by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar, Gardaí officially upgraded their inquiry into Mr Ryan’s death, to that of a murder investigation. It is understood that Mr Ryan suffered a horrific beating which led to his death, and because of the condition of the located remains, identification was necessary using the dental records and DNA comparisons from family members.

The separated father of two had left his partner, Ms Mary Lowry, latter a widow with three young sons, at her home in Fawnagown, Co Tipperary,  just after 6.00am on the Friday morning, June 3rd in 2011 & was due to continue to his place of work at Killough Quarry here near Thurles. His family were alerted when he failed to arrive and Mr Ryan’s abandoned Citroen van was found some hours later abandoned in Bansha Wood on the outskirts of Tipperary town. Numerous subsequent searches of the region by Gardaí & volunteers, together with emotional appeals to the public for assistance had proven fruitless.

Ms Lowry’s husband, Martin, had died of cancer in 2007 and the farm was later leased out to a farmer, Mr Pat Quirke. Gardaí were alerted after Mr Quirke discovered decomposed remains in a sealed underground slurry tank, hidden by undergrowth at the rear of Mary Lowry’s home.

Mr Ryan during his lifetime had worked as a part-time Disc Jockey at weekends and was well known across South Tipperary by the stage-name, “Mr Moonlight.”

One male suspect, who was stated to have been obsessed with Ms Lowry, is seen as possibly central to continuing Garda investigations into Mr Ryan’s disappearance. As part of ongoing investigations, Gardaí are examining CCTV footage from a secretly installed security system, which Ms Lowry had introduced at her home following a recent robbery.  Gardaí will also mount an operation next week in a bid to jog the memories of people who may have been in the area on the morning of Mr Ryan disappearance.

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