OLD Tramore road – Gardai say the body of a man believed to be that of Paddy Mockler was found at the bottom of a large pothole Wednesday afternoon.
A local man who was walking his dog came across the scene around 3 p.m. The body was several feet down and was badly decomposed.
Gardai described the death as “accidental” and a forensics team and members of the family were on site. They said that the investigation is ongoing and that a press conference will be held at 3 p.m. today at Ballybricken station.
“He was probably just trying to get home” said James Mockler, Paddy’s brother.
According to James, they had been notified by authorities that a body had been found and that it was identified to be his brother Paddy.
Mockler was last seen around 1 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 2 by one of his neighbours. But he never showed up for work the next day, and a search began later that evening. His car and keys were found about 4 hours later near the Tramore road roundabout just south of Waterford city.
“He obviously got confused as he made his way out to Tramore. The road is closed due to ongoing maintenance and he probably just panicked and abandoned his vehicle. He got out and must have decided to walk back around and out past Johns Park. We then think he made his way out to the old Tramore road by foot. He must have been delirious at this stage. He hadn’t a chance.” stated Detective Thomas Power of the Waterford Garda division.
Traces of tarmacadam were found under the man’s fingernails indicating that he was still alive when he fell in.
“He could have been there for days” claimed a local farmer who lives in the area.
Mockler was a native of Fenor, 48 years old and married, four daughters and an owner of a black and white sheep dog called Shep.