Police in the Republic are investigating after the horrific discovery of the body of a woman in a burning car in a remote woodland and the rescue of a man from a nearby river.
The woman, a 75-year-old, was pronounced dead at the scene outside Doneraile in north Cork, while the man, who is in his 60s, was transferred to Cork University Hospital, where he is understood to be in a serious but stable condition.
Gardai were alerted to reports of a car on fire at woodland near Dromdeer shortly after 4pm.
Officers attended the scene with a unit of the fire brigade and were horrified to realise a person was inside the vehicle.
Despite the car blaze being extinguished within minutes of officers and fire fighters arriving in the area, the pensioner found in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gardai believe they know the identity of the elderly woman, who is understood to live outside Dromahane, a village near Mallow.
However, formal identification may take some time and, because of the condition of the remains, may ultimately require the use of dental records.
A key focus of the Garda investigation will be whether the woman died before or during the vehicle fire.
Police are satisfied the elderly woman did not drive the car to the woodland.
Acting on information, gardai began a careful search of the surrounding fields and a stream located a few hundred metres away.
Minutes later, officers discovered a man in his 60s struggling in the River Awbeg, several kilometres away.
He was located in the river just outside the north Cork village of Castletownroche. He was then dragged from the water and given immediate medical assistance.
Paramedics assisted with the treatment of the man, who was suffering from severe hypothermia and had apparent breathing difficulties.
He subsequently taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital, where he is said to be in a serious but stable condition.
The man, who has an address in south Limerick, is understood to be known to the deceased woman.
However, he is not believed to be related to her.
A key element of the Garda investigation will be to determine precisely how he got to the area where he was rescued.