The body of a man buried in a Navan graveyard 30 years ago has been exhumed yesterday afternoon.

Gardaí say a planned exhumation was carried out at St Mary’s Cemetery in Navan today, as part of ongoing efforts to formally identify the body of a man discovered near Clonee, more than 30 years ago.

The exhumation was carried out for the purposes of obtaining a DNA sample in the hope of identifying the deceased.

On 18th April, 1991 the body of a man, believed to be in his 50s, was discovered at Bracetown, Clonee.  Following Garda enquiries and a postmortem examination, foul play was ruled out.

Despite numerous appeals the deceased was never formally identified and was later laid to rest at St Mary’s Cemetery.

A Garda spokesperson told MeathLive ‘A planned exhumation was carried out on Wednesday, 25th August, 2021 at St Mary’s Cemetery, Navan as part of ongoing efforts to formally identify a deceased male discovered near Clonee, Co Meath in 1991. The exhumation was carried out for the purposes of obtaining a DNA sample in the hope of identifying the deceased.

On 18th April, 1991 the body of a man (50s) was discovered at Bracetown, Clonee, Co Meath. Following Garda enquires and a post-mortem examination, foul play was ruled out. Despite numerous appeals the deceased was never formally identified. He was later laid to rest at St Mary’s Cemetery, Navan. At a subsequent Coroner’s Inquest a verdict of death was recorded in accordance with medical evidence’.