TWO young boys missing with their father were found dead this afternoon in the boot of their dad’s crashed car.
Gardai discovered two bodies in their search for the Chada family who have been missing since yesterday evening.
It is understood the two bodies are those of Eoghan (10) and Ruairí (5) who were officially declared missing at 1.30pm today at Ballinkill, Bagnalstown in County Carlow.
Garda investigators believe the boys were dead before the crash happened.
Earlier in the day the PSNI were put on a cross-border alert for the car and its occupants.
However, Gardai cancelled the alert following the crash.
Reports coming in suggest that the three family members were in a single car accident in Mayo and that their father, Sanjeev Chada, was the driver of the vehicle.
Gardaí had earlier issued a nationwide alert issued for information about the whereabouts of a father and his two sons.
Their father survived the single vehicle collision and is being treated in hosptial for injuries.
A nationwide Child Rescue Ireland Alert was issued on Sunday when the boys failed to return from a bowling trip with their father.
The alert system is triggered to look for abducted or missing children.
The three were last seen leaving a bowling complex in Carlow around 6.30pm Sunday.
Fr Declan Foley, parish priest near the Chadas’ home, described the two boys as extremely popular and two little sports fanatics.
He was in the family home when news of the car accident was broken to the boys mother Kathleen.
“Thanks be to God there were a lot of people in the house, Kathleen’s parents and brothers and extended family and friends,” he said.
“It was like as if an earthquake hit the place. It was devastating for all of us.
“You can’t put into words the shock and numbness and pain and grief of that news coming through.”
Mrs Chada, a nurse, was originally from the area and lives near where her parents have a home.
“They’re her two boys, her pride and joy.
“The community itself is absolutely ruptured by this sad news.”
Gardai said local officers in Mayo responded to reports of the car accident shortly before 4pm.
The crash occurred at Clooneen, Rosbeg, about four miles from Westport on the road to Louisburgh.
The scene has been preserved for a forensic technical examination.
Dr Khalid Jabbar, from the State Pathologist’s office is to attend the scene later this evening.
Gardai said that Mr Chada was being treated in hospital but his injuries are not thought to be serious.
They appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the crash or anyone who may have seen Mr Chada’s dark green Ford Focus 06 CW 238 between 6.30pm on Sunday evening and 4pm today to contact the incident room at Westport Garda station.