The couple seemed to be blissfully in love. Anna had only had one previous romantic partner and said that Gianluca was the first great love of her life. Being alone in a new country, Anna recalled that she had longed for someone to love her. And, in the beginning, Gianluca seemed perfect.
Fast-forward to the summer of 2016 and everything appeared to be on track for the couple. However, all was not as it seemed. Having recently gotten married in a registry office, they were planning to have a formal church wedding a short time later. That was, until the day that everything changed.
One night in July 2016, Anna apparently told her husband that she needed to go on a walk to get some fresh air. Then she disappeared. When she failed to return, Gianluca called the police to report that his wife was missing. He apparently feared that she might have been kidnapped.