NEW forensic tests have been ordered on a body washed ashore on the Co Donegal coast more than 18 years ago, an inquest heard today.

The inquest is being held to establish if the body is that of Letterkenny man Noel McGlynn, 26, who disappeared on June 17th, 1983.

His brother Jim has asked Coroner John Cannon to investigate whether or not the body of an unidentified man found off rocks at Horn Head, near Dunfanaghy nine days later is that of his missing brother.

The remains of the man were found by accident by members of a diving club on June 26th, 1983. He was never identified and he was buried at the cemetery at Holy Cross Church in the seaside town.

Kieran Dillon, a solicitor representing Jim McGlynn, asked today’s hearing for an update on tests being carried out on tissue samples recovered from the body found in Dunfanaghy.

Coroner Mr Cannon told the hearing: “The samples have been sent to Wales for deeper DNA analysis and I understand that is going to take longer than expected.”

He agreed to adjourn the case until May 4.

At an earlier hearing the coroner postponed a decision a to exhume the body of the mystery man after learning that tissue samples taken from the unidentified body had been preserved and have now been sent to experts for DNA examination.

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