In Italy on Wednesday (19 April) police spent another fruitless day looking for the body of the kidnapped politician, Aldo Moro.
In Italy on Wednesday (19 April) police spent another fruitless day looking for the body of the kidnapped politician, Aldo Moro. The search was concentrated on Lake Duchessa, a small lake in the mountains northeast of Rome. The urban guerrilla group who kidnapped Signor Moro...the Red Brigades....claimed to have dumped his body in the lake.
SYNOPSIS: Police used dynamite to blast a hole in the ice covered lake, which in summer is a popular holiday resort. However for some time now it has been frozen over an suspicions have grown that it would have been impossible to dispose of a body here. Officials are now starting to think that the whole affair could be a hoax.
Police who probed other sections of the lake were no more successful. They found no trace of the ex-premier, who was snatched from his car in a bloody kidnapping in Rome six weeks before.
Searches beneath the ice proved just as fruitless for frogmen, who had to cope with freezing temperatures 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) above sea level.
Nevertheless the massive search operation for the body continued with more blasting. Officials said it would go on until the question of Signor Moro's body being there was clarified beyond reasonable doubt. Also continuing was the search for further hideouts used by the Red Brigades. A deserted hideout had been discovered the day before in Rome.
Some observers, in fact, suggested that the Red Brigades had been worried by the discovery and had given the authorities false information to divert their attention from other hideouts.