SPAIN’S National Police force is awaiting the results of a DNA test after they identified a missing man, found near Madrid, as Italian Marcello Volpe who disappeared six years.
However, when the man’s presumed mother, Laura Zarcone, faced the young man at a police station in Spain she announced, “It’s not him!”
Marcello Volpe disappeared in Palermo, Italy in July, 2011 – just one day before his twentieth birthday, and carrying 500 euros he had saved to buy a computer.
Laura Zarcone began a tortuous search for her son distributing posters and giving press interviews.
Fast forward six years – to this week – when Spain’s National Police located a mute, dishevelled and barefoot man in Torrejón de Ardoz.
The officers had to communicate with the youth through gestures, but were unable to identify him. However he had a distinctive scar on his right wrist which led them to believe it was the missing boy, Marcello Volpe.
The ‘mother’ travelled from Italy to Spain but on facing the man announced, “It’s not him!
Afterwards, she wrote on her Facebook: “It’s not Marcello, now I’m exhausted and I’m going to the hotel.”
A spokesman for the police confirmed, “The mother has not recognised him. We will do the DNA tests to prove it.”
They have already collected saliva samples from the mother and her presumed son.