The body of a woman found in an Italian forest could only be identified by her wedding ring after she was reportedly torn apart by wild animals.
Viviana Parisi, 43, had been depressed by the coronavirus lockdown and may have been trying to reach a “spiritual” monument used to celebrate the Italian summer solstice, relatives believe.
Her disfigured body was found about 500 metres (1,640 feet) from the place where she abandoned her car at the Caronia woods, a commune on the northern coast of Sicily, in the province of Messina, on August 3.
Her body was so mutilated she could only be initially identified by her wedding ring.
Reports suggest she had fled “agitated” into the woods with son Gioele, four, after a minor car accident.
The search for her son continued and police said earlier this week that they believe they’ve now recovered Gioele’s remains, which like his mother’s were seemingly partly eaten by animals, with the child’s head found some distance away from his corpse.
One of the family’s lawyers, Claudio Mondello, says that Viviana may have been trying to journey to a monument called “The Pyramid of Light”, just 25km from where she’d stopped her car after the accident.
The monument, which is positioned on a hill overlooking the sea in the town of Moffa D’Affermo, is the gathering place for spiritualists and enthusiasts once a year during the days of the Italian summer solstice in June.
Mr Mondello, who is the cousin of Gioele’s father, Daniele Mondello, said the mother’s mental and emotional plight may have led her to seek out the location for her own comfort.
He said on Facebook : “Viviana wanted to go to the Pyramid of Light.
“In the days before the disappearance, she asked her sister-in-law Mariella Mondello and Maurizio Mondello where the pyramid is located.”
Police have not commented on the claims as it continues its investigation into what happened, and have also not revealed the results of the autopsy.
The sculpture was only made in 2010 by artist Mauro Staccioli and is located in the Belvedere district of the town.
Mondello said that Viviana who he said was bipolar had been suffering more than usual since the Covid-19 pandemic and had found herself in a desperate situation.