Gardaí have began a criminal investigation following the discovery of a man's body in a field in Co Kildare.

The man is believed to have died violently and a post mortem examination is due to be carried out.

The man has yet to be identified, but gardaí believe he may be a 20-year-old who has been missing from his home in Kinnegad for ten days. 
 
The field in Cornamucklagh, Broadford, Co Kildare where the man's body was found remains sealed off for continuing forensic examination.

The body was found by a farmer walking his land at around 3.30pm and following a preliminary examination by the State Pathologist, it was removed to Naas General Hospital.