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Body discovered in Italy may be a Taiwanese woman

SOLO TRAVELER:An ROC passport was found in the backpack of the victim, who must have been stranded after falling during a mountain trek

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff writer, with CNA

The body of an Asian woman found early this month in a mountainous area in northeastern Italy may be that of a 40-year-old Taiwanese woman surnamed Huang (黃), a preliminary investigation showed.

Italian media reports said the body was discovered early this month at an altitude of 1,500m in Val di Rabbi, Trentino, Italy, by an anonymous trekker, who immediately notified local police.

A preliminary investigation showed that based on the injuries found on the woman’s ankle, she must have accidentally slipped on the icy surface of the mountain before falling into a remote valley.

Huang likely died in the middle of December last year, after being stranded amid inclement weather, investigators said.

A Republic of China passport was found in the victim’s backpack, but the body was barely recognizable and is awaiting identification by Huang’s family.

According to statements given by a local bus driver, the woman appeared to be traveling alone and had asked him about the way to Val di Rabbi.

An official from the Taipei Representative Office in Italy said in an interview with the Central News Agency that the woman had been working in the UK and took the trip to Italy alone.

“We are collaborating with the nation’s representative office in the UK to handle the case,” the official said.

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