The results of DNA testing could finally prove if a body washed ashore in Dunfanaghy almost 30 years ago is that of a missing Co Donegal man.

Letterkenny Coroner’s Court heard today that tissue samples taken from the body will be sent to Wales shortly in order to establish if they are that of 26 year old Noel McGlynn who went missing on June 17, 1983.

The remains of a male were found by members of a diving club on June 26, nine days after Mr McGlynn disappeared.

The body was never identified and is buried at Holy Cross Church Cemetery in Dunfanaghy.

The Coroner, Mr John Cannon, told a solicitor representing a brother of Mr McGlynn that the samples will be sent to Wales for “more sophisticated” analysis.

Mr Cannon also told Mr Kieran Dillon, solicitor, that the samples have yet to be sent from a laboratory in Ireland where previous tests proved inconclusive.

“The surgery does not provide anything beyond reasonable doubt,” said coroner Mr Cannon.

He then adjourned the inquest to the September 4.

Last year, Letterkenny man, Jim McGlynn, requested a full coroner’s inquest to establish if the body is that of his brother, Noel.

A garda investigation into the matter is “ongoing.”

 

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