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Missing Italian banker found dead
Gianmario Roveraro
Roveraro's death has deepened the mystery of his disappearance
A top Italian banker missing since early July has been found dead near a bridge outside Parma.

Gianmario Roveraro, who founded Italian financial services group Akros Finanziaria, vanished on 5 July. His body was reportedly badly beaten.

Police suspect his disappearance may have been linked to a business row. Three people have been arrested.

No ransom demand was made, but Mr Roveraro, 70, contacted his family saying he needed a million euros.

Mr Roveraro had previously been questioned by police over the collapse of Italian food giant Parmalat, which he advised in the 1990s.

Telephone calls

Mr Roveraro had not been seen since attending a meeting of the Catholic conservative group Opus Dei in Milan on 5 July.

He did contact his family on two later occasions. First he told his wife that he needed to visit to Austria to resolve an unspecified problem.

In his second call Mr Roveraro said he needed one million euros in cash wired to him immediately.

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