The mystery of a man whose body was buried unidentified in Co Louth ten years ago has now been solved.

The man's body washed up on a beach in north Louth in 2007.

Recent DNA tests have now shown that the body is that of Joseph Reilly, who was 50 years old when he vanished in 2006.

For more than ten years the family of Mr Reilly have searched for him.

Mr Reilly was living alone at Hatch Street in Dublin city when he disappeared in December 2006.

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Six months later a man's body was washed up at Rockmarshall Beach, north of Dundalk.

It was clear the man's body had been in the water for some months.

The unidentified body was buried locally.

However, Forensic Science Ireland has now solved the case after two brothers of Mr Reilly were recently asked by gardaí to provide DNA samples as part of an ongoing garda operation seeking to identify unidentified bodies.

The samples provided by the Reilly family proved a match with a sample from the body buried in Co Louth.

The Reilly family told RTÉ News they wished to thank the community of Lordship which had cared for their brother's grave for over a decade.