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After witnessing days of unfair speculation on social media, a family friend has explained why Daniel O’Keeffe’s body remained unnoticed under the family home for five years.

Posting on Facebook, the unnamed friend said they wanted to “clarify” a few facts about Daniel’s disappearance.

“The family home was built 20 years ago and the back half was dug out of a limestone hill,” the friend wrote.

“Dan was found in a tight space between a wall of the house and solid rock earth – a space that is very difficult to access. This area of the building is extremely cool, and would have been especially cold over the first few (winter) months after Dan disappeared.”

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Police have confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Daniel’s death.

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  • It’s a very sad story very tragic and unbelievable

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  • This is just awful, very sad indeed.

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  • So sad and difficult for family and friends to cope with and even though you wouldn’t want the outcome it is better than no answer. Sincere condolences to all.

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  • How absolutely terrifying to lose a loved one for so long then to discover his body at home.
    It would have been heart breaking for his poor father.
    No-one knows the circumstances & at the end of the day it is not anyone elses business.
    This man can finally be laid to rest in peace.
    Deepest condolences to his family & friends.

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  • What a tragic story. May he rest in peace

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  • says no peculiar circumstances and yet his body was behind the wall for five years. Did they have a fight? did he say he was leaving?was he withdrawn,anxious or otherwise disturbed before he dissappeared? Did they look for him? report him missing, check with friends? no I am not a detective or psycologyst or such but surely something was wrong? no i am not placing judgment or critisism just as I read this wrote my thoughts as they came. Why would Daniel put himself behind the wall? there must be a reason afterall. My sympathy lies with the family but more so with Daniel

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  • It is sickening the way some people are so quick to judge.

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  • I feel so sorry for them after going through all those years not knowing what had happened to him and then finding out he had been so close all along. I hope they can be left to grieve and not be judged.

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  • I can imagine what speculation there would have been – one more reason for me not to be part of social media.

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  • I must admit, this was one piece of the puzzle I could not understand. Tragic, anyway you look at it. Thankfully, his body has been found and the family can grieve.

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  • Sad indeed that his body was there all the time and they didn’t know. Sad as well that people have always their opinion ready not realizing what harm they cause to a family who is already hurting.
    Thinking about and praying for the family.

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  • I believe that the family has suffered enough without adding all the unfair speculation happening now. Hindsight is a wonderful asset, too bad it’s not available until after the event. My prayers are with this family


    • Yes hind sight is wonderful indeed.

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  • Would be hard enough for the family without everyone speculating and giving them more grief. RiP Daniel

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  • did he slip between the wall? Its not clear here.

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  • In cold weather limestone often gets quite damp, and sometimes smells horrible anyway. In some limestone areas the soil is sometimes predomantary clay which is extremely slippery and also smells when wet. (I could never take up pottery as a hobby) I thought the excavated under the house when they did the latest search but I may be wrong.

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