Woman’s body found in Cork home may have been there for several years

A woman’s body has been discovered in a house in Cork city, and gardaí suspect she may have been dead for up to three years.

Foul play is not understood to be a factor in the case.

The woman’s body was found inside the house in Brookfield Lawn on Cork’s south side on Tuesday afternoon after pest control services were working nearby.

They later went to the house because they strongly suspected that the source of the problem was on another property.

Workers contacted gardaí after the remains, which were in an advanced state of decomposition, were found in the house. The area was cordoned off and gardaí began an investigation.

The services of the state pathologist will be required and a post-mortem will be carried out at Cork University Hospital. The coroner has been notified and an inquest will be held at a later date.

Dental records will be used to formally identify the woman. Investigating officers are trying to establish when the middle-aged woman may have died. They will examine personal items, such as emails and food expiration dates, in the refrigerator and cupboards.

It is understood that the woman was a very private person who had not been seen in the area for some time. Her remains will be transferred to the hospital morgue.

Gardaí, Cork city firefighters and the ambulance service attended the scene.