Cops Say Italian Mum Killed Son And Hid Body In Ditch

Story By: Marija StojkoskaSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency:  Newsflash

Italian police say the little boy found dead at the end of last week in the wilderness had been killed by his mother before she committed suicide.

Viviana Parisi, 43, who was a DJ born in Turin, a city in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, had apparently tried to commit suicide at the end of June.

They say that this time, after telling her husband Daniele Mondello she was going to buy shoes for their son, she had instead driven towards a viaduct on the Messina-Palermo motorway where they believe she planned to kill herself.


They believe she deliberately left her phone behind in order to stop anybody being able to track her, but after an accident in the tunnel on the way to the viaduct apparently changed her mind, and instead took him into the wilderness at the side of the road where she killed him and then jumped to her own death by climbing up an electric pylon.

Speaking to Corriere Della Sera the chief prosecutor, Angelo Cavallo, said they believed that the boy had been strangled but the autopsy would confirm this, and that his mother had then covered his body in a ditch with stones and shrubbery. (

The pair had vanished at the end of August but the body of the missing boy named Gioele was only found at the end of last week where it had been apparently partly eaten by animals.


Italian rescue workers had used tracker dogs and drones to scour a 400-hectare area of remote wilderness in search of the boy after his mother was found dead.

Giuseppe Di Bello, 55, a retired police officer, found the remains of the child hidden also in dense vegetation in the countryside of Caronia, a commune on the north coast of Sicily, in the province of Messina on 19th August.

Gioele’s father, was present at the scene while the coffin with the remains was carried from the countryside.

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