Murder probe into Churchill man’s death

Paddy Walsh

Reporter:

Paddy Walsh

The body of a 67-year-old Churchill man, which was discovered in the toilet area of his home at Drumacanoo in the early hours of Saturday morning, was subjected to a “traumatic death”, a Garda Superintendent confirmed yesterday as a murder investigation opened this week.

The body of a 67-year-old Churchill man, which was discovered in the toilet area of his home at Drumacanoo in the early hours of Saturday morning, was subjected to a “traumatic death”, a Garda Superintendent confirmed yesterday as a murder investigation opened this week.

Gardai and the emergency services had been alerted to the scene at approximately 1.50 a.m. Seamus Doherty, who was well known in the Churchill and Letterkenny areas, was pronounced dead at the scene and the body was removed to Letterkenny General Hospital.

State Pathologist, Professor Marie Cassidy carried out a post mortem on the remains on Tuesday when it was established that Mr. Doherty had died in suspicious circumstances.

Gardai immediately launched a murder investigation and an incident room was set up at Letterkenny Garda Station. The deceased’s house was cordoned off on Tuesday with the scene preserved for a full forensic and technical examination.

Garda Superintendent, Eugene McGovern, who is leading the investigation, said: “I can confirm that Mr. Doherty suffered a traumatic death.”

There were a number of sightings of Mr. Doherty in Letterkenny on Saturday afternoon before he travelled home later in the evening. “We are appealing for any witnesses to help trace his last movements,” said Supt. McGovern. “Even the smallest bit of information may be important in our investigations.”

The Garda representative expressed sympathy to the family of the late Doherty, describing his death as “extremely tragic.”

Up to yesterday afternoon, funeral arrangements had still not been finalised as investigations into the married man’s death continue. The body still not been released last evening at the time of going to press.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station 074 9167100, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.