Moyvalley, Co Kildare: Man’s Body Discovered In Field By Farmer: UPDATED

2 Feb


A post mortem examination on the body of a man found dead in a field in Co Kildare has established he died from hypothermia. 

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Man’s body found in Kildare field

A post mortem examination on the body of a man found dead in a field in the Moyvalley/ Broadford area of Co Kildare has established he died from hypothermia.

The dead man has been identified as Jason O’Dea, a 30-year-old who went missing in Dublin two months ago.

Detectives have now established that he was having a drink in a local pub before he disappeared.

It is believed the father of one may have left the pub and lost his way. Gardaí are not looking for anyone in connection with his death.



GARDAI are keeping an open mind on the death of a Dubliner discovered face down in a drain in Kildare.

The body of 30-year-old Jason O’Dea was discovered yesterday morning in a ditch next to a railway line in Broadford, co Kildare. He had been missing for ten weeks.

Gardai said they were awaiting the results of the post mortem but believe the victim may have fallen from a train travelling from Dublin to Mullingar.

A train ticket to Mullingar was discovered in the dead man’s pocket.


There were no visible signs of trauma on the body which was examined at the scene by the deputy State pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar.

There were no stab or gunshot wounds on the body.

The body was said to have been well preserved by the recent cold weather.

It was taken to Naas General Hospital and a post mortem will be carried out later today.

Mr O’Dea went missing on November 27 although his disappearance was not reported to gardai until December 7.

Originally from Drimnagh in south Dublin, Mr O’Dea had recently been living in rented accommodation at Buckingham Street Lower in the North Inner City. The deceased was regularly seen on the streets of the inner city and was known to have been suffering from a drug problem.

He was known to gardai but not as a serious criminal. He is also believed to have been the father of a teenage girl. When he was last seen he was wearing dark jeans, a white jumper and a white jacket with dark bands.

He was discovered as 5ft 6in, of slight build with brown hair and green eyes.

Gardai have made several appeals to anyone with any information on his disappearance to contact Store Street Garda Station.


His family has been contacted to tell them of the find.

The body of Mr O’Dea was discovered at around 10.30am yesterday by a farmer walking his land at Moyvalley, Broadford, Co Kildare. Officers from Leixlip Garda Station launched an investigation and a section of the field was sealed off pending the arrival of forensic experts.

Officers are keen to talk to the Iarnrod Eireann staff that were working on the train that day to establish if Mr O’Dea could have fallen from the train and then made his into the field.

An appeal has also been made to commuters who may have seen Mr O’Dea.

Store Street Garda Station in Dublin’s north inner city can be contacted at (01) 6668000.


A man’s body has been found in a ditch on farmland near the N4 close to the Meath-Kildare border.

O'Dea, Jason
Body found in Meath border field Enlarge photo

The body of the man, believed to have been in his 30s, was found in the Moyvalley area.

Forensic examinations are going on at the scene and it is believed the man’s body may have been there for some time.

A Garda spokesman said the body was found by a member of the public, believed to be a local farmer.

The body will remain at the scene until experts from the pathologist’s office have carried out preliminary inspections.


Gardaí investigating the disappearance of a 30-year-old man in Dublin two months ago have recovered a body from a field in Co Kildare.

Gardaí investigating the disappearance of a 30-year-old man in Dublin two months ago have recovered a body from a field in Co Kildare.

The body which was found by a farmer in a drain this morning has been removed to Naas Hospital for a post mortem.

Jason O’Dea from Buckingham Street in Dublin went missing on 29 November. The father-of-one was homeless and known to have a drug problem.

Gardaí say there were no visible signs of injury on the body recovered today.

A preliminary examination by the Deputy State Pathologist was carried out at the scene and the post mortem will take place tomorrow.


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