The body was discovered in a black plastic bin-bag in a ditch filled with water in the neighbourhood of Piagge in the north-west outskirts of the Tuscan city.
According to Corriere della sera the body, which was in advanced stages of decomposition, was dressed in a top and jeans, the style of which enabled investigators to determine the body was that of a woman.
The alarm was raised by a passer-by who saw an arm protruding from the plastic bag, which was torn on one side.
Police suspect it could be the body of 43-year-old Irene Focardi, who disappeared on February 3rd in the same area where she lived with her mother.
During the investigation into Focardi’s disappearance, she was discovered to have had a violent argument with her ex-partner.
Around a year ago he was arrested and convicted for abuse and is currently serving a sentence under house arrest.
However, he has not escaped during this time and has shown no unusual behaviour. He also does not own a car.