MISSING Irish tourist Niall McDonough.
MISSING Irish tourist Niall McDonough.

Body may be missing backpacker

A BODY, suspected to be that of missing Irish backpacker Niall McDonough, washed ashore at Brunswick Heads on Saturday morning.

It is believed the body could have been at sea for several days.

Edwin Reid was on duty at the volunteer marine radio control tower when he spotted the body, which had become lodged in the rocks.

"It was right near the tower," he said.

"Two fishermen also saw it and confirmed that it was a body. We called the police and the Volunteer Rescue Association also came to help retrieve the body.”

Mr McDonough, 30, went missing from a Byron Bay backpackers hostel about 9pm on June 12. He was last seen by his girlfriend.

Mr Reid said there was a strong current which ran north of Byron Bay.

A spokeswoman from NSW police media said the body had not yet been identified.

But she said there was a “strong possibility” it was Mr McDonough.

Police and the man's family had been due to re-start a search yesterday, but it was called off.

It is understood Mr McDon- ough's family, who arrived in Australia from Ireland last Thursday, will remain in town until the body is released by the coroner.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the man's death.



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