British woman, 66, is knifed to death at her Italian home in murder that has shocked ‘Little England’ expat community: Police hunt husband after friend finds victim in pool of blood
- The victim, 66, was found with stab wounds to her stomach by her friend in Italy
A British woman has been found knifed to death in her Italian home, with her murder sending shockwaves through her ‘Little England’ expat community.
The victim, 66, who has not been named, was found with stab wounds to her stomach by her friend inside her rural home in Verratti village near Casoli, a town in eastern Italy, this morning.
Cops are now searching for her husband, who is also British, after he allegedly left the scene in the family car before police could question him, reports la Repubblica.
The woman’s lifeless body was discovered in a pool of blood by a concerned friend who had travelled from the nearby commune of Palombaro, where 100 British expats live, after they called her this morning but received no response.
Her friend had not heard from her for three days and had become increasingly concerned so decided to check up on her, police said.
Neighbours said they heard the victim’s friend screaming in horror at finding the 66-year-old in a pool of blood and called the police who arrived at the home in the countryside near the village of Verratti.
A British woman has been found knifed to death in her Italian home as cops hunt her husband who allegedly left in the family car. Pictured: Police at the scene
Cops are now desperately searching for the woman’s husband who apparently left in the family car.
Medical examiners are also running forensic tests to investigate how long the victim was deceased before she was discovered by her heartbroken friend.
The couple had been living in the house in the countryside near Palombara for about three years and were described by local residents as ‘very private’. They were often seen walking through the surrounding countryside with their three dogs.
The nearby commune of Palombaro is home to 100 British expats who moved to the area to buy and renovate abandoned farmhouses.
MailOnline has contacted the UK’s Foreign Office for comment.
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