Gardaí have appealed for help in locating any family member of a man whose skeletal remains were found in Rathmines in Dublin in April.

The remains, which were found on open ground at the Lissenfield Apartment complex on Lower Rathmines Road, have been identified through DNA as those of Stephen Corrigan who was 47-years-old when he vanished in Dublin in 2010.

Mr Corrigan's body was located during cleaning work after evergreen trees had been stripped of lower branches.

His remains were found lying on the soil and forensic experts have said the body lay beneath the trees for a number of years.

Detectives are now investigating if Mr Corrigan’s body lay undiscovered in Rathmines since late 2010.

There is nothing to suggest anything suspicious in Mr Corrigan’s death.

Speaking on RTÉ's Prime Time programme, Detective Sergeant David Wogan said it was unusual that Mr Corrigan’s remains lay above ground in Rathmines for so long without being discovered.

He also said that the search was now on to find any relative of Mr Corrigan's. 

"It was unusual that the remains did lie for so long in such a busy area with a high level of traffic coming and going every day, and pedestrians coming and going every day, around the area. Our appeal would be if there are any members of Stephen’s wider family, uncles, aunts, relations of his mother," he told Prime Time.

Mr Corrigan’s body was identified through a DNA sample provided by his mother Anna in 2015.

She died later that year, and the only other known relative - a brother of Stephen's - has also since died.

Enquiries suggest Ms Corrigan may have had extended family, and the search is now on to see if Stephen Corrigan has any aunts, uncles or other relatives who might like to be involved in arranging his funeral service.

"So if there is anyone who is close to Stephen, family or friends who wish to say goodbye and see Stephen laid to rest I appeal for them to contact ourselves here," added Detective Wogan.

For now, Mr Corrigan's remains are being kept at the Dublin City Morgue.

Anyone with information should contact Rathmines Garda station at 01 6666700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.