British tourist 'murdered' in French hotel car park

Briton found dead with gaping head wound outside hotel in France

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British man 'murdered' in car park outside hotel in France

A British tourist has been found dead in the car park of a hotel in France.

A murder investigation has been launched after John Napoletani, 50, was found lying in a pool of blood with a large wound to the head.

The body was found on Sunday in the courtyard of a warehouse next to a budget Formule 1 hotel in the Eponettes industrial estate in the town of Dole, near Dijon.

According to Sky News, police said John had been due to spend Saturday night at the hotel with his wife and a friend, but had gone out to "meet someone" - and never returned.

The Independent reports that the three had been travelling back from a holiday in Italy to the UK.

John's wife, Evelyn Napoletani, reported him missing on Sunday morning.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Evelyn said: "I am devastated. It's like a nightmare. I keep thinking I am going to wake up and it's all been a bad dream."

The paper adds that she is being supported by staff from the British embassy and family members who have travelled from England to be with her.

Police are treating the death as suspicious, but no murder weapon has so far been found, and the cause of death has not been confirmed.

The man's personal items had not been stolen, suggesting that it was not a mugging gone wrong.

A post-mortem will be carried out on Tuesday at the nearby city of Besançon.


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