THE grim and sad discovery of a missing woman’s body in the Grand Canal, outside Tullamore was made late on Sunday night, following an extensive search operation.
The 57 year old, Marian Naughton went missing from her home in Sragh, Tullamore on Tuesday, April 10.
The alarm was raised when her family members were unable to contact the bank worker, originally from Knockcroghery, Co Roscommon.
Last week, a massive search got under way and saw hundreds of people travel to Tullamore each day to help in the search for the bank worker.
Members of the Garda Sub Aqua unit also began searching the canal on Friday last and divers from local sub aqua clubs got involved in the search operation alongside the Civil Defence, local people and family, friends and colleagues of Ms Naughton.
Missing person posters were put up around the town over the weekend while her worried family and friends also carried out door-to-door enquiries and searches of surrounding areas.
During the search for missing Marian, a body was taken from the Canal at 11.30pm on Sunday night last between Tullamore and Rahan.
The body was then removed to the Midlands Regional hospital, Tullamore where the remains were formally identified and a post mortem took place.
Local Gardai are not treating the death as suspicious and it’s expected Marian will be laid to rest later in the week.
Meanwhile, Offaly County councillors extended their sympathy to Ms Naughton’s family at Monday’s meeting of the local authority.