Gardaí are investigating the discovery of the bodies of two men on a farm in Co. Cork late last night (Thursday, February 27th).
They are “urgently” looking to trace the whereabouts of a red Toyota Corolla Van, registration 03-WW-1556.
According to The Irish Times, the two men, were both in their late 60s, while a third brother, also in his 60s, who is believed to be the registered farm owner, could not be found.
Two men found dead at Cork farm
In a statement, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said: “Gardaí are currently at the scene of an incident at a domestic premises outside of Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, following the discovery of the bodies of two elderly men.”
“Gardaí are continuing to trace the whereabouts of a red Toyota Corolla Van, registration 03-WW-1556.”
“Any members of the public with information are asked to call 999 immediately. Do not approach this vehicle.” the spokesperson concluded.
Armed Support Unit
The publication also reported that Gardaí, under Supt Padraic Powell of Fermoy Garda station, requested the services of the Armed Support Unit (ASU).
The Irish Times notes that Garda believed that one or possibly two men on the property may have been armed with a gun.
In response, Armed Support Units from Cork and neighbouring Co. Limerick were sent to the scene and established a cordon around the farm.
The Irish Times reported that Gardaí were alerted to the scene following a call from a woman who told them her father had been killed at his family’s farm. The farm is located down a boreen, off the N73 between Mitchelstown and Mallow.
According to the publication, ASU members found the body of a man in the farmyard. They made their way to a barn, where they discovered the body of another man.