State pathologist summoned as body found in car park in Limerick City

Steamboat Quay Car Park. Photo: Google Maps.

Gardaí have alerted the office of the State Pathologist to conduct an autopsy on the body of a man in his 40s found inside a multi-storey carpark in Limerick City in the early hours of this morning (Friday).

Sources said that, in order to determine whether or not the man died from foul play, Gardaí require the expertise of a “State PM”, an expert post mortem led by the State Pathologist.

Sources also revealed that the dead man is understood to be a foreign national.

His body was discovered in Steamboat Quay Car Park, situated off the banks of the River Shannon, at around 5am this morning.

Hundreds of apartments lay on top of the car park, which sweeps along the Dock Road and Steamboat Quay in Limerick City, close to commercial premises and a hotel. It is a residential area for many foreign national families and individuals.

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A number of women have been murdered in the vicinity of the car park in recent years, but nothing suggests the man’s death was linked to these killings.

Sources said the results of the autopsy on the man’s body will determine the course of the Garda enquiry into the man’s death.

The Garda Press Office said Gardaí at Henry Street Garda Station were probing “all the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body in Steamboat Quay Car Park, Limerick, in the early hours of this morning Friday 6th October, 2023”.

“At approximately 5am, Gardaí and emergency services were alerted to the discovery of the body of a male, aged in his 40s.”

“The scene is currently preserved to allow for a forensic and technical examination by the Garda Technical Bureau.

“The body of the deceased remains at the scene.”

“A post-mortem examination will be conducted which will determine the course of the investigation,” a statement read.

Sources confirmed the State Pathologist’s office had been asked to conduct an autopsy on the man’s body.

Investigating Gardaí appealed “to any persons who may have information in relation to this incident to contact them”.

Investigators said they specifically wanted to speak to or hear from “anyone who was in the vicinity of Steamboat Quay, Dock Road, Friday morning between 4am and 6am”.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Henry Street Garda station on 061 212 400, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda station.

A spokeswoman at the Garda Press Office said that “investigations are ongoing”.