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Missing Italian Man Who Left Suicide Note Found in Greece 10 Years Later

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In Patras, Greece, a missing Italian man who vanished from his home ten years ago and only left a suicide note has been discovered alive and well. Credit: flickr / Eusebius cc by 3.0

A missing Italian man who disappeared from his home 10 years ago, leaving behind only a suicide note, has been found alive and well in Greece.

According to Italian news website ANSA, Adamo Guerra, then 45 years old, left his wife and two children in Imola leaving a suicide note to his parents.

“Goodbye, mom and dad. I don’t have much to tell you, but unfortunately things always went wrong for me. I will try to take this last step in the right way so that you will not experience the pain of my funeral. The time has come for me to put the word end,” he wrote in the letter he left to his parents.

Guerra’s wife, Rafaella, and his family started looking for the missing Italian man from the day he disappeared.

After fruitless efforts to locate his whereabouts, the case of Adamo Guerra was investigated by a show on public television Rai called Chi l’ha visto?

As it turned out, the producers of the show found that the missing Italian man had not committed suicide but had left Italy and simply moved to Greece.

Missing Italian Found in Greece Alive and Well

Guerra’s wife had never stopped looking for him. Police investigation located his car in the port city port of Ancona and found that he had bought a ferry ticket to Greece.

Chi l’ha visto? investigator managed to locate the 55-year-old, alive and perfectly healthy, in Patras, where he lives permanently in the past 10 years.

When the missing Italian realized that his secret had been revealed, he tried to convince the broadcaster to “forget about him” and never broadcast the news that he lives in Greece.

His wife, however saw the show footage and, distraught, thanked the broadcasters for solving the case. “He’s not a husband, he’s not a father,” she commented, regarding the 55-year-old.

Recently Guerra had requested to register in the catalogs of Italian citizens permanently residing abroad.

Luigi Pirandello at home in 1907. Public Domain

Guerra’s Case Resembles Luigi Pirandello short story

Italian media commented on the missing Italian living incognito in Greece, saying that his story resembles a famous Luigi Pirandello short called Il Fu Mattia Pascal (The Late Mattia Pascal).

In the book, Mattia Pascal finds that a streak of bad luck has turned his promising youth into dreary middle-age with a dead-end job and a bad marriage:

A man has stolen not only his inheritance but also the woman he truly loved. His wife and mother-in-law harass him constantly, and his twin daughters, his only joy, die untimely. Death even robs him of his beloved mother.

To escape, he sneaks off to Monte Carlo, where he finds that his luck has turned and acquires a small fortune.

On his return home, he discovers that his wife and mother-in-law declared an unknown corpse to be his own. This is a joyous opportunity to start afresh.

The missing Italian settles down in Rome with a new identity. His character develops in admirable ways. Yet, one admirable act brings a crisis, followed by additional crises.

That leaves him to conclude that continuing with his new life will entail only misery for those he loves, precisely because his entire life, including the precious liberty he thought he had gained from his past, is now a lie.

He ultimately decides to fake his own death and return to his original life. But even that is almost impossible since he is considered to be dead in his town.

His new character prompts him to have mercy on his now remarried wife. So the twice-dead Late Mattia Pascal reduces himself to a figure outside of society, an extra in his own life.

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