Status: 17.11.2023, 11:16 a.m.
By: Kathrin Reikowski, Kilian Bäuml
The search for the missing Giulia Cecchettin and Filippo Turetta keeps Italy in suspense. Traces of blood near Giulia's childhood home raise questions.
Venice/ Padua – The whole of Italy is looking for Giulia Cecchettin and her ex-partner Filippo Turetta. The two have been missing for five days. The 22-year-old would have celebrated her graduation soon, she had only recently lost her mother. Now, wild theories are circulating about what might have happened to her and her ex-boyfriend.
Relatives of the missing have spoken to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. "The more time passes, the less I know what to think," says Elena Cecchettin, Giulia's sister. The relatives only want one thing: "The only thing that matters is to know where my sister is, everything else is unimportant."
Did the missing Giulia Cecchettin and Filippo Turetta go abroad?
According to reports from Corriere del Veneto, the license plate of Filippo's car was captured on Sunday at 9:07 a.m. in the Belluno region in the direction of Dobbiaco (South Tyrol). Therefore, the Italian media speculate that the two may have traveled abroad together, more precisely to Austria.
However, since the search for the two was already underway when a possible border crossing may have taken place, it is unlikely that she and her car could have crossed the border unnoticed. Not the first missing person case to make waves in Italy, in the summer all of Florence searched for a missing girl.
One suspicion is that the two went to neighboring countries, for example to Austria. (Symbolic image) © Imago
Missing person case in Italy: Could the ex-boyfriend have something to do with the disappearance?
"Bye, Dad, I'm not coming back for dinner, we'll see you later," Giulia is said to have said on Saturday evening, before arranging to meet Filippo for dinner at a shopping center.
The next possible lead of the two: A witness reported to the police an argument between a couple in a parking lot near Giulia's parents' house. However, the car was already gone when the carabinieri arrived. It wasn't until the next morning that the two were reported missing by their families.
According to Corriere del Veneto, there was soon a hypothesis from Giulia's relatives – not from Giulia's father, but from her uncle and aunt: "Filippo was not happy that Giulia graduated because he was afraid she might distance herself from him." The case has some similarities with a missing person case from the USA.
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Theories in the missing person case Giulia Cecchettin and Filippo Turetta: "My son would never have done anything to Giulia"
It is also not yet entirely clear in which relationship status the two missing persons really stood. Several Italian media outlets reported that Giulia had broken up with Filippo in the summer. However, it is not excluded that they got back together out of guilt. However, most of the media refer to him as an ex-boyfriend. Filippo's father reacted very emotionally to the speculations and representations in the Italian media: "My son would never have done anything to Giulia, he loved her endlessly," he said in an interview.
The disappearance of Giulia and Filippo is said to have nothing to do with the imminent conclusion. "Yes, my son was a bit possessive at times, but not in a pathological way like they describe. He was jealous, as boys of that age are, but not in a way that would worry us." The families of the missing are publicly asking for clues. Police reportedly found a tray with traces of blood near Giulia's parents' home and took DNA samples, which are now being evaluated. Meanwhile, in Bavaria, the remains of a missing man were recently found.
Machine support was used for this article, written by the editors. The article was carefully reviewed by editor Kilian Bäuml before publication.