Wedding celebrations turned into tragedy when a 70-year-old Irish woman was found dead in Italy for her daughter's wedding in a field after a three-hour search

Irish mother-of-the-bride is found dead after she went missing during her daughter's wedding in an Italian farm

  • The 70-year-old woman from Ireland was found after a three-hour search
  • It is believed that the bride's mother went for a walk and was missing in the forest
  • Rescue brought in members of the new civil protection unit, the Italian Carabinieri specialized police, local and national police officers and volunteers

A 70-year-old Irish woman was found dead yesterday at her daughter's wedding in Italy.

The woman, named Bernadette by the local media, was found in forests near the idyllic Italian farmhouse where her daughter made the knot.

The fire department made the heartbreaking discovery of her body after a three-hour search after her frightened family had given the warning on Sunday around 5:00 PM.

Wedding celebrations turned into tragedy when a 70-year-old Irish woman was found dead in Italy for her daughter's wedding in a field after a three-hour search

Wedding celebrations turned into tragedy when a 70-year-old Irish woman was found dead in Italy for her daughter's wedding in a field after a three-hour search

It is understood that the wedding was celebrated in a farm in Tragliata in the municipality of Fiumicino near Rome.

It is thought that the mother of the bride decided to go for a walk before she was found in a moat.

Her relatives and friends contacted the police when she did not return.

Her body was noticed at about 8.15 pm after a fire brigade helicopter in the forest less than half a mile from the hotel where she was staying.

An autopsy will reveal the cause of death, but at this stage the authorities believe it was from natural causes.

The large-scale rescue also involved members of the new civil protection unit, the Italian Carabinieri specialized police force, local and national police officers and volunteers.

There were fears that she might have fallen into a ravine, so the mountain river unit was also retracted with ropes, helmets and special equipment to recover quickly if needed.

The Italian authorities have expressed concern about & # 39; the terrible tragedy & # 39 ;.

Alfredo Diorio, civil protection representative at Fiumicino, told the Italian press: "I feel obliged to thank all the men and women who have taken part in the search."

& # 39; Everything has been done, but unfortunately we have not succeeded in the company and this is a great regret for us. & # 39;

Irish Foreign Office told MailOnline that they were aware of the case and offers consular assistance.

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