Man arrested in Leicestershire over death of Brit woman, 66, in Italy
He has been missing since her body was found.
A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a British woman in Italy.
Michele Faiers, 66, was discovered by her friend lying in a pool of blood in the first-floor bedroom of her rural house in a village near Casoli, a town in eastern Italy, on Wednesday morning.
The 66-year-old had been dead for at least three days, according to Colonel Alceo Greco, of the carabinieri police force.
Police were called to the scene after a friend of Ms Faiers went to check on her because she had not been in touch for three days and was becoming increasingly concerned.
Neighbours said they could hear the friend screaming when she made the grim discovery and the house has since been sealed off by officers for forensic investigations.
Leicestershire Police has now confirmed they have arrested a 74-year-old man in Shepshed in connection with the stabbing. The suspect has not been named.
In a statement, the force said detectives from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) are in contact with both Italian police and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office concerning Ms Faiers’ death.
Detective Inspector David Greenhalgh said: ‘We are continuing to work with authorities both in the United Kingdom and Italy regarding this incident.
‘Ms Faiers’ family have asked for privacy at this time and I would ask that this is respected.’
Ms Faiers had lived with her partner in Italy for three years.
Local residents described the couple, who had been living in the house near Palombaro for four years, as ‘very private’.
One said: ‘They kept themselves to themselves mostly but they would be seen every now and then walking their three dogs.’
Just last week, Ms Faiers shared her last post on Instagram of the stunning sunset view from her house with the caption: ‘Another beautiful evening.’
Following the incident, local prosecutor Mirvana Di Serio was seen at the house where the keys were reportedly still in the front door when police arrived.
Medical examiners are also running forensic tests to determine how long the victim was deceased before she was found.
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