Teenager found dead from hypothermia
A 16-year-old boy found dead on marshy land following a night out is believed to have died from hypothermia.
The body of Cian Comerford was discovered in a field near Menlo, just outside Galway city, yesterday morning.
The popular youth had been missing since attending a party at a friend's home in Menlo on Saturday night.
It is understood that Cian left the party some time after midnight and was due to be collected by a family member.
However, it is thought he may have lost his way and attempted a short cut on to the Galway city-Menlo road through some rough, marshy ground.
His family became concerned when he did not return home, and launched a search on Sunday morning.
They were preparing to intensify the search operation early yesterday when a helicopter spotted what was thought to be a body in a field not far from the Church of St Peter and St Paul at Coolough.
The searchers were immediately directed to the location and confirmed the grim discovery.
Cian was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards.
Gardai said yesterday that foul play was not suspected. The teenager's body was later removed to University College Hospital in Galway for a post-mortem examination.
The results of that post mortem are still awaited.
It is believed that Cian may have died after wading through wet ground and either taking a tumble or falling asleep on a very chilly night.
Sources close to the family indicated yesterday that hypothermia was the most likely cause of death.
Cian was the son of Francis Comerford, a prominent barrister on the western circuit, and his wife Caroline. He is also survived by his two younger sisters. The family lives in Knocknacarra.
"It is just a terrible, terrible tragedy and everyone is devastated at this awful news," a family friend said.