A body has been found in a search for a man missing from Killarney, Co Kerry.

A large scale search got under way in the area for the second day yesterday for Matt Hodd.

The 42-year-old, an ecologist and a poet, was last seen in the Whitebridge/Millroad area of the Flesk River before noon on Friday.

The Shannon based Sikorsky helicopter was tasked by the Coast Guard and woodlands as well as waterways were searched for a number of hours on Friday.

Kerry Mountain Rescue, Killarney Water Rescue, and the Civil Defence and locals were again searching a broad area since first light along the river banks and the Killarney lakes near Ross Castle.

Mr Hodd is well known in literary circles.

His body was discovered yesterday evening in the Whitebridge area. 

Gardaí, who had appealed for people's assistance, thanked the public and searchers. Foul play is not involved and the family have been informed.

Mr Hodd was the founder of the monthly event Poetry in the Park, which takes place at the entrance to the Killarney National Park and draws visitors as well as locals.