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Body found in Sicily during search for missing four-year-old Gioele

Police in Sicily on Wednesday discovered human remains during a desperate search for a four-year-old boy who went missing over two weeks ago in suspicious circumstances.

Body found in Sicily during search for missing four-year-old Gioele
Emergency services searching the area where Viviani Parisi's body was found. Handout photo: Vigili del Fuoco/AFP
Volunteers have been combing woods near the town of Caronia on Sicily's northern coast for Gioele Mondello, whose mysterious disappearance has gripped Italy.
 
“(We're) nearly sure it's the body of Gioele,” unnamed police investigators told Il Corriere della Sera daily.
 
 
 
“The trunk and a part of femur” uncovered were compatible with a four-year-old boy, police sources told Corriere.
 
The grim discovery was made by a police officer on leave who was helping others search for the boy.
 
Gioele's mother, 43-year-old DJ Viviana Parisi, was last seen on the morning of August 3rd climbing over a motorway barrier after a minor collision.
 
Although cameras showed Gioele in the car earlier, witnesses gave diverging statements on whether Parisi was carrying her son with her when she climbed
over the barrier or not.
 
Her body was found five days later in a nearby forest close to Caronia, lying at the foot of a high-voltage pylon.
 
Prosecutor Angelo Cavallo – who has said his team was unable to rule out Parisi's accidental death, suicide or murder – was on the scene of
Wednesday's discovery.
 
According to the pathologist, Parisi likely died where her body was found. It bore no visible wounds – though one arm was broken in several places –
and the state of decomposition made it impossible to determine whether she was strangled.
 
Viviana and Gioele disappeared after the DJ told her husband she was going to Messina to buy shoes. She was not spotted shopping but her grey Opel Corsa
was photographed on a slip road entering the motorway.

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ROME

‘Bank robber’ rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

Four people were arrested in Rome after a suspected would-be bank robber was rescued from a tunnel under a road, police said on Friday.

'Bank robber' rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

An Italian man had to be rescued after becoming trapped in a collapsed tunnel near the Vatican, suspected of being part of a gang burrowing its way to a nearby bank.

Firefighters spent eight hours digging him out from under a road in the west of Rome, before he was finally freed on Thursday evening and taken to hospital.

“Two people from Naples were arrested for resisting a public official and two, from Rome, for damage” to public property, a police spokesman told AFP.

The rescued man, one of the two Romans, remains in hospital, he said without giving an update on his condition.

“We are still investigating, we do not exclude that they are thieves, it is one of the theories,” he said.

For Italian newspapers, however, the motive was clear, with reports noting the tunnel was found near a bank ahead of the August 15th long weekend, when residents traditionally head out of town and much of Rome is left empty.

“The hole gang,” headlined newspapers Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, while La Stampa said: “They dig a tunnel to rob a bank, and one of them is buried underground.”

Other reports referred to the suspected burglar as l’uomo-talpa, or ‘mole man’.

An AFP reporter at the scene on Thursday saw the man brought out alive on a stretcher, after a day-long operation involving dozens of emergency service workers using mechanical diggers.

The tunnel began underneath an empty shop that had recently been rented.

“We all thought that the people there were renovating the place. So we had no suspicions and we did not hear noises either,” a resident, Michele, who lives in the same building told AFP.

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