Forty-year-old Giampiero Di Tullio hid the body of his 85-year-old father in a breach in the wall of his living room, after he died of natural causes in August 2011.
Di Tullio decided to hide the body so that he could continue to claim his father’s €1,300 monthly pension, which had supported the two men, Blitz Quotidiano said on Sunday.
The plan worked for nearly two years, until police arrived at Di Tullio’s home in the town of Subiaco to search for drugs. Along with heroin and cocaine, police also found the mummified corpse, the newspaper said.
Last month a mummified corpse was discovered in Italy’s northern Piedmont region, belonging to a “holy woman” who may have been dead for a number of years. The preserved body of Graziella Giraudo, who would now be 68, was found after the woman she lived with died.