Mummified body found in Modena hospital

Mummified body found in Modena hospital
The body was found at a hospital in Modena (not pictured). Photo: Hospital image: Shutterstock
A mummified body, believed to belong to a patient who went missing in 2011, has been found at Baggiovara hospital in Modena, northern Italy.

The body was hidden behind a tube skylight “in a narrow tunnel, technically called the atrium, which provides light and air to adjoining rooms”, according to a statement by the local health authority, Asl, published on Ansa.

The corpse, thought to belong to Primo Zanoli, a 65-year-old patient who disappeared three years ago, was found after an investigation request by his family.

He had been a patient in the hospital's neurosurgery section.

The hospital said in a statement it could not confirm if the body belonged to the missing patient or not.

"We have to wait for the outcome of tests by the prosecutor," the hospital said.

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