- The 66-year-old victim was found stabbed in the stomach by her friend in Italy
A British woman was found stabbed to death in her Italian home, and her murder shocked her expat community in ‘Little England’.
The 66-year-old victim, who has not been identified, was found stabbed in the stomach this morning by her friend inside her rural house in a village near Casoli, a town in eastern Italy.
Police are now searching for her 74-year-old husband, who is also British, after he allegedly left the scene in the family car before police could question him, it reports. the Republic.
The woman’s lifeless body was discovered in a pool of blood by a worried friend who had traveled from the nearby Palombaro commune, where 100 British expats live, after they called her this morning but received no answer.
Her friend had not heard from her for three days and was growing increasingly worried, so she decided to keep an eye on her, police said.
Neighbors said they heard the victim’s friend scream in horror when he found the 66-year-old man in a pool of blood and called the police, who arrived at the house in the countryside.
A British woman was found stabbed to death in her Italian home while police searched for her husband, who allegedly drove off in the family car (file image)
Police are now desperately searching for the husband of the woman who apparently drove off in the family car.
Coroners are also carrying out forensic tests to investigate how long the victim was dead before she was discovered by her heartbroken friend.
Local prosecutor Mirvana Di Serio was at the scene and the house, which is on an isolated road in the countryside, has been closed while police carry out a forensic examination.
The couple had lived in the country house near Palombara for three years and were described by local residents as “very private”. They were often seen walking the surrounding fields with their three dogs.
A source told MailOnline: ‘The alarm was raised after a friend tried to call her this morning and, getting no answer, went to her house.
‘When he got there, he found the woman dead with a stab wound to the stomach and her screams alerted other neighbors and they called the police.
The 66-year-old victim, who has not been identified, was found this morning with stab wounds to the stomach by her friend inside her rural house in the village of Verratti, near Casoli, a town in eastern Italy. .
“They kept to themselves for the most part, but were occasionally seen walking their three dogs.
“There is some suggestion that she may have been murdered days ago and the body was only discovered because the friend went to check on her and had not spoken to her since the weekend.
“The husband is English, but he has not been seen and the police are said to be looking for him.”
The nearby commune of Palombaro is home to 100 British expatriates who moved to the area to buy and renovate abandoned farms.
The wider Abruzzo region is popular with middle-class Britons who have moved there due to the low cost of living or have holiday homes there.
MailOnline has contacted the UK Foreign Office for comment.