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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Gardai discover body of missing mum-of-three

GARDAI have confirmed that a body found in a river is that of missing mother-of-three Mary Prendergast.







The body was found close to where the missing mum’s car was discovered parked yesterday evening.

Mrs Prendergast (61), from Naas, Co Kildare, went missing from her home yesterday. Her husband Pat appealed for information on his wife’s whereabouts and said she appeared to be in good form.

A businesswoman, Mrs Prendergast ran the Bluebell Bed & Breakfast on the Kilcullen Road, just outside Naas, along with her husband.

Mrs Prendergast had apparently taken in the bins and left the house in her car at

approximately 8.30 yesterday morning.



Distraught

Her car was subsequently found at the River Liffey in Carnalway, Kilcullen, with the keys still in the ignition but with no sign of Mrs Prendergast.

An initial search of the river last night was called off due to darkness and bad weather, but was resumed this morning by gardai and relatives.

Shortly after 10am today, her body was found about two kilometres downstream from where her car had been parked.

Today, Mary’s distraught husband Pat said his wife, and the mother of their two sons and a daughter, had no history of depression but had been worried about the economy.

“I suppose like everybody else she was worried, she would talk about it,” Mr Prendergast told the Herald.

“I was out yesterday morning to an appointment, and when I got back around 1pm the bins had been taken in but Mary was gone,” he added.

“That would have meant she was here until around 9am and left afterwards, there didn’t seem to be anything wrong yesterday when I was going,” said Mr Prendergast.

Members of Mrs

Prendergast’s family had joined in the search for her this morning before the grim discovery.



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