A missing New Zealand man has reportedly been found dead in Ireland.

Kelly Leslie, 32, went missing from his home in Maryborough Hill, Cork, on Wednesday morning.

Later that day, police in Cork released a statement appealing for the public to help trace Mr Leslie.

He was believed to have been driving a gold-coloured Opel Astra.

Advertisement

But Irish police have now confirmed a body found was that of the missing New Zealander, the Breaking News Ireland website reported.

"Gardai [police] would like to thank the public for their assistance," breakingnews.ie added