In Italy, a massive search for the body of former prime minister Aldo Moro was mounted on Tuesday (18 April).
In Italy, a massive search for the body of former prime minister Aldo Moro was mounted on Tuesday (18 April). It followed a message in the name of the Red Brigades claiming they had killed the kidnapped politician and dumped his body in a mountain lake.
SYNOPSIS: The message said that 61-year-old Signor Moro, who has been held now for more than a month, had ben executed and that his body lay in the mud of Lake Duchessa in the Apennine Mountains, about 100 miles (160 Kilometres) north of Rome.
But according to frogmen who were brought in and out by helicopter the surface of the lake is frozen and covered with snow. Some officials wondered if the message was a hoax, because the lake is accessible only by foot trails.
Teams of frogmen from the police, fire brigade and para-military Carabinieri were flown to the lake soon after the statement was picket up.
It had been found in a street waste-paper bin in Rome after a telephone tip to a newspaper. Earlier in the day in north west Rome police found an apartment that they believe could have been a Red Brigades command post. A woman in a downstairs apartment had complained about water leaking from above.
The flat was about 15 minute drive from the street where Signor Moro, the president of the Christian Democratic party, was abducted and five of his bodyguards killed. The spot has since been turned into a shrine. Police entered the flat and found the shower had been left running for hours. They also found Red Brigades leaflets, weapons and ammunition, and a typewriter that may have been the one used by the kidnappers in the past communiques.