A man in Bari, in the Puglia region of southern Italy, has confessed to murdering his ex-partner on Boxing Day after discovering she had created a Facebook profile under a fake name.
According to reports in La Stampa, the woman, aged 42, put the profile online after breaking up with the man.
After her ex-lover - also in his forties - spotted it on the social media website, he created a fake profile of his own in order to track her movements.
He has allegedly confessed that he lay in wait for her outside a bingo hall in Putignano, Bari, to which she had gone with some friends.
The man then allegedly forced her into her own car and strangled her. Afterwards, he apparently carried her to his own car, then drove off and dumped her body in the countryside around 20 kilometres from her hometown of Gioia del Colle.
His ex-lover, who is separated with two children, was reported missing by her family on the evening of Boxing Day – known as Santo Stefano in Italy – at around 10.00pm. The family indicated the man as a suspect to police.
The man is said to have admitted to the murder after a long interrogation session at the police station, before leading police to the location of the body.