Woman finds decomposing body in rental car’s boot after noticing odd smell

A woman was horrified to discover a decomposing corpse in the boot after stopping when she noticed an odd smell coming from the boot.

With the odd stench bothering her, the unnamed woman pulled over in the small quiet village of Mullinavat in County Kilkenny, near the border with Waterford, and made the stomach-churning discovery.

According to Cork Beo, it is believed that the body belonged to the person who rented the car immediately before the current renter.

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The woman in her 20s is understood to be a local to the area. She immediately contacted the authorities alerting them to her horrifying discovery on Monday (July 18).

The deceased man is 40 years old and from Waterford. Reports indicate that a Garda appeal had previously been issued to track down the missing man.

He had been reported missing two weeks prior to being found in the GoCar rental car.

A source close to the family of the woman who made the sad discovery said: “She picked up the car at one of the GoCar depot spots and had just a short drive out to where she was heading, the village of Mullinavat, I’d say around five miles.

“While she was driving she noticed a funny smell, she didn’t know what it was, though it smelled like gas and thought it might be coming from the car engine when she started the car.

“But it didn’t go away and so she stopped the car when she got to Mullinavat and that's where she made the shocking discovery, there was the body of a dead man in the boot.

“She was stunned, the gardai were called then and they took it from there.”

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The Irish Mirror asked Europcar, the parent company of GoCar, if cars were cleaned or valeted between rent-outs, or if the cars were checked to make sure there was nothing left behind by a previous renter.

In a statement in reply, the company said: “GoCar is assisting An Garda Síochána with its investigation into the tragic incident that occurred earlier this week in Kilkenny.

“We express our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the deceased at this time.”

GoCar is a self-service car rental company. This means you can rent cars for as little as an hour, using a booking system to reserve the vehicle and in-car technology to unlock the car and drive.

The gardai announced on Tuesday that a missing person appeal for the dead man had been stood down. The original missing person appeal had been issued on July 8.

If anybody is affected by the issues raised in this report, they can contact Samaritans at 116123 and speak to a Samaritan for support.


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