Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance following the recovery of the body of pensioner Frankie Devlin who went missing following a school reunion in Garryvoe, Co Cork last Saturday.
Her body was recovered in the East Cork town shortly after 3pm today.
Frankie Devlin from Midleton, Co Cork was last seen on CCTV footage at 10.45pm on Saturday evening in Garryvoe.
In the region of 200 people participated in the search for the popular mother of five. Gardaí were assisted in their search by the RNLI, the Coastguard, Cork Missing Persons group, the Garda Sub Aqua unit, and an army of volunteers who mobilised following the posting of a message by a son of Mrs Devlin’s on Facebook.
Speaking prior to the recovery of the body of his mother Killian Devlin paid tribute to all those who helped with the search.
“They are experts on this and are so professional. Everyone has been brilliant. We can’t thank people enough.They have been fantastic.”
He also said that waiting for news was mentally tormenting.
Killian said that Frankie loved simple comforts such as a cosy warm fire. He had travelled down from Dublin at the weekend to get her home winter ready with the important cleaning of the chimney first on his agenda.
Her disappearance perplexed Killian and his sisters because Frankie was a woman of routine and her disappearance was completely out of character. She loved car boot sales and matches in Pairc Ui Rinn in Cork.
It is understood that Frankie Devlin was a chatty and friendly woman much beloved in the area where she lived in Mildleton.
There is no suggestion of foul play in her passing. She is survived by her three daughters and son. She was predeceased by a fifth child.