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Gattico on Lake Maggiore: 20 years after its disappearance


On May 16, 2001, a man disappeared without a trace in northern Italy. Now the remains of the missing person have been found. Apparently he died as a result of severe head injuries.

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A bone find in northern Italy has shed light on a criminal case around 20 years old.

As the public prosecutor in Verbania on the west bank of Lake Maggiore announced, it was the remains of a man from Senegal who disappeared without a trace on May 16, 2001.

Experts found that out in their forensic examinations.

According to the report, they found injuries on the skull of the then late 20-year-old, which were believed to have led to death.

A man found the bones on April 14 near the village of Gattico.

According to the investigation, the body was covered with a plastic bag and buried.

Suspects were acquitted

According to its own statements, the judiciary had investigated the man's employer and an employee for, among other things, intentional homicide in the years after the disappearance of the man.

A court acquitted the two in January 2005.

The legal dispute, however, dragged on across several instances.

More than ten years later, the acquittal was definitely certain in early July 2015.

Despite the new findings, the public prosecutor can no longer open the case against the men.

The newspaper "La Stampa" reports that the two had returned to Calabria, where they were arrested by police in the province of Reggio Calabria in 2017 in an anti-Mafia operation.

Until a few months ago, they were therefore still subject to arrest conditions.

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Source: spiegel

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