Gardaí investigating the disappearance of Ann Corcoran have found a body following a search of a wooded area in west Cork.

The discovery was made around 16km from the 60-year-old woman's home in Bandon.

Approach roads to the woods near Garretstown were cordoned off this morning.

The scene has been preserved and is to be examined by members of the Garda Technical Bureau.

Mrs Corcoran had not been heard from since she spoke to a friend by phone on 19 January.

Since then, hundreds of neighbours, friends and family joined garda search teams, the garda water and dog units and the Civil Defence in an intensive search between Kilbrittain and Bandon.

Ms Corcoran's green Peugeot 206 car was found in Bandon ten days ago.

Man charged with false imprisonment

A man has appeared before the district court at Bandon charged in connection with the disappearance of Mrs Corcoran.

Oliver Hayes, 49, of 10 Clancool Terrace in Bandon has been charged with falsely imprisoning Mrs Corcoran at her home between 19 and 21 January.

The court was told that Mr Hayes is a part-time painter and decorator.

No application for bail was made and he was remanded in custody on the application of Detective Garda Jim Fitzgerald.

Mr Hayes will be in court again in Kinsale next Thursday.