A woman renting a GoCar wondered what the funny smell was until she opened the trunk and found a dead body.
The body found on Monday is believed to be that of the man who had rented the car before her.
The 40-year-old is believed to have gone missing two weeks ago in Ireland.
A source said the woman, who was in her 20s, was “stunned” after making the discovery in the quiet village of Mullinavat.
“She picked up a car at one of the GoCar stations and in a few minutes she was driving to the village of Mullinavat, about five miles I would say,” they said. Irish Mirror.
“While she was driving she noticed a strange smell, she didn’t know what it was, she thought she smelled gas and thought it might have come from the car engine when she started the car.
“But it didn’t go away, so she stopped the car when she got to Milivant, where she made the shocking discovery: there was a dead man’s body in the trunk.”
GoCar is a car-sharing service that allows people to rent cars in as little as an hour by unlocking them with their phone.
Europcar, the parent company of GoCar, was asked how often the cars are washed.
They replied: “GoCar is assisting the Garda Síochána with their investigation into the tragic incident which occurred earlier this week in Kilkenny.
“At this time, we extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the deceased.”
Gardaí have confirmed to Metro.co.uk that they have closed their missing person appeal.
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Woman finds dead body in boot of rental car after noticing funny smell