A MAN was found dead in a water-filled roadside drain in Co. Donegal over the weekend, prompting gardai to launch a hurried investigation.
A member of the public made the grizzly discovery around 11pm on Saturday night near the Donegal and Fermanagh border.
Officers were called to the scene and deciphered that the man had been dead for some time.
He has since been formally identified as 37-year-old Tommy Kelly.
It's understood Kelly lived locally and was a father of two.
The body remained at the scene while a forensic examination took place.
Foul play isn't suspected.
A garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí in Ballyshannon are investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body of a 37-year-old man in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.
"The alarm was raised when the deceased was discovered in a (water filled) drain on the roadside at Cloghore on the main Ballyshannnon to Beleek road approximately 11pm on Saturday 22nd February 2020.
"His body remains at the scene which is currently preserved for examination.
"The local Coroner has been notified.
"Investigating Gardaí say the course of their investigation in to the death will be determined by the outcome of a post-mortem examination."