'Confused' Swiss father and sons found in Italy

9th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Swiss father and two sons who disappeared during an alleged shopping trip in central Switzerland have been found safe in Italy, Swiss police said on Wednesday.

Police in Zug canton said in a statement that that their Italian counterparts had found the 50-year-old entrepreneur with his sons aged seven and 10 stranded at a motorway stop south of Milan without money or petrol.

"According to local officials the children are well," they added, although the father was described as "confused but healthy".

The mother told police her husband had said they were going shopping when they left home by car late Monday afternoon.

Their disappearance had raised parallels with the missing six-year-old twin girls from western Switzerland, who have still not been found after they were taken abroad 10 days ago by their father in the midst of marital trouble. He later committed suicide in southern Italy.

However, Zug police insisted as they scoured the area with an army helicopter earlier that the family they were dealing with had no known marital or business tensions, and there was no indication of a suicide risk.

The mother raised the alarm after the children and their father, a local politician and entrepreneur, failed to return home in the village of Neuheim.

Swiss police had issued a missing persons notice to their European counterparts. They had no immediate explanation for the Italian excursion.

© 2011 AFP

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