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Hunt for two witnesses over body in burning car mystery in Cork

The grim find of granny Mary O’Keefe’s body was made on Thursday, February 4 2021 in the Doneraile area of north Cork – gardai are keen to speak to a woman walking her children and a male driver who were in the area that day

Mary “Moll’ O’Keeffe

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Gardai probing the death of a woman whose body was found in a burning car have appealed for two potential witnesses to contact them.

The shocking discovery of granny Mary O’Keefe’s body was made on Thursday, February 4 in the Doneraile area of north Cork at around 4.30pm.

Detectives are keen to speak to a woman who was out walking with her children near Dromdeer Woods at lunchtime and separately a male driver who was in the area at the same time that day.

Farmer Michael Leonard, 62, was charged with Ms O’Keefe’s murder and he has appeared twice before Cork District Court via video link from Cork Prison.

Garda Sergeant John Kelly of Fermoy Garda Station said: “A month has passed and we’re still anxious to talk to a couple of people or anyone who was in the Dromdeer area on that date, around the early afternoon of Thursday the 4th of February.

Mary “Moll” O’Keeffe
The two cars involved in the death of a woman are removed from Dromdeer Woods, near Doneraile, Co. Cork. (Image: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision)

“We have spoken to many people but we are aware there are two people specifically that we would like to talk to.

“A woman who was out walking with her two small children in the vicinity of Dromdeer Woods that Thursday around lunchtime and also the male driver of a grey or silver hatchback or jeep type vehicle who was seen in the area around that time.

“I would just like to make a final appeal and to those couple of people specifically.”

The body of the mum-of-three was found in a parked Dacia Duster SUV in the North Cork forest after firemen extinguished the blaze.

The tragic death shocked the north Cork area.

Sergeant Kelly, who made the radio appeal on C103’s Cork Today Show today, added: “I suppose first of all as regards Dromdeer Woods; If you’re coming from Mallow out the N73 towards Mitchelstown you come to Skenakilla Cross, you immediately turn left towards Doneraile at Griffins pub, you turn up that road and its the first turn then into the right into Skenakilla Woods.

“Now there’s a loop going through the forestry and its well used by people out walking, maybe the same people walking that are out the whole time or people trying to get exercise now during the lockdown.

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