A skeleton found yesterday in the vegetation on the edge of a road just south of Milan could be that of a 75-year-old Valaisan who disappeared in June: he has not yet been formally identified but this is what is shown by the documents found in the bag next to him.
The cantonal police of Valais today confirmed to the Keystone-ATS news agency that the identity documents correspond to those of a pensioner from Fully, who before his disappearance, at the end of last June, had said he wanted to go to the nearby Val de Bagnes. “However, we must remain cautious, as all this does not amount to a formal identification”, which is currently underway, the source stressed.
The corpse in an advanced state of decomposition, almost reduced to a skeleton, was found yesterday morning in the vegetation under the flyover of the External Ring Road, a couple of kilometers south of the A1 motorway in Melegnano. The discovery took place in a decentralized area not far from Riozzo, a hamlet of Cerro al Lambro, a town of about 5,100 inhabitants located between Milan and Lodi.
According to the Italian press, the man recently had problems with disorientation and memory and was hospitalized in a clinic from which he had left. He was found in a confusional state in the Melegnano area aboard his car, then he was hospitalized in Vizzolo Predabissi (Milan). From here, however, he would have escaped on foot, making him lose his tracks. The place of discovery, in a countryside area, is a few kilometers from the Vizzolo hospital.
The investigations are coordinated by the Lodi Public Prosecutor’s Office, with which the Valais cantonal police are in regular contact. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDHA) told Keystone-ATS that it is aware of the case but cannot confirm the identity for the time being. The Consulate General of Milan is in contact with local authorities, added the FDHA.