The body of an Italian woman has been found in Turkey. Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo (photo, from Cronaca Qui), 33, wanted to travel through the Middle East dressed as a bride, in order to promote world peace.
Her naked body was found in bushes near the city of Gebze on Friday, after she was last seen on 31 March in this city.
Turkish police say they have detained a man who was connected with her killing and led them to the body.
The police tracked the man when he put a new SIM card into Ms di m Marineo’s mobile phone. The suspect has been identified only by his initials MK by Local media, who said he had a previous conviction for theft.
Brides on Tour
Known as Pippa Bacca, Ms di Marineo said her aim was to show that she could put her trust in the kindness of local people.
With Silvia Moro, a fellow artist, Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo was hitch-hiking on their “Brides on Tour”, going from Milan to Lebanon, and finish in Israel and Palestine. But they had separated in Istanbul and planned to reunite in Beirut.
Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo’s sister, gone to Turkey to look for her, identified the body and an autopsy is being conducted in Istambul.
Another sister, Maria, told Italian news agency Ansa : “her travels were an artistic performance and to give a message of peace and of trust, but not everyone deserves trust.”