The body of Fabio Bassoli, originally from Rolo in Emilia Romagna, was found on a wooded footpath 12 kilometers from his home in the town of Aubenas by an early-morning jogger nine days ago.
French authorities did not inform Italian authorities or Bassoli's family until Sunday, Il Resto del Carlino reported
Following the discovery of the body, a postmortem examination carried out in Nîmes revealed that Bassoli had been killed by a violent trauma to the back of the head, which he could not possibly have sustained in a fall.
In spite if questioning Bassoli's close friends and associates in France and watching his home in Aubenas, police are struggling to establish who killed him and why.
Initially it was thought that Bassoli had been killed during a botched robbery attempt, but police are now thought to be leaning towards the idea that he was killed by somebody he knew.
Bassoli moved to France a few years ago and operated a vintage food truck that sold Italian food.
His family is still waiting for his body to be sent home so they can lay him to rest, but for the time being it is still under the French power of attorney.