On the morning of September 1st 2004, at 8:30 am, I got ready to leave the house, as at that time I was attending a computer science course that I had started in March 2004. This course included a holiday break for the whole month of August, and then resume on September 1st. This explains the reason for my exit....
Mr. Pietro Pulizzi, Denise Pipitone's natural father, was married to Mrs. Anna Corona, with whom he had two daughters, Jessica and Alice Pulizzi. This marriage ended even before he established a sentimental bond with Mrs. Pietra Maggio, from whose relationship Denise was born, a strongly desired child.
“Pipitone”, the surname of Denise, was given to her by the then husband of Mrs. Piera Maggio, (marriage relationship sentimentally ended despite the fact that they lived in the same family unit). The surname was not changed with the one of the natural father in order to avoid further confusion in the searches that were already started. In fact, immediately after the kidnapping, the investigations and posters had already been disseminated nationally and internationally with the surname Pipitone. These choices were made only for Denise's good and interests and not to satisfy or assert a personal right.
***Little Denise Pipitone was born on October 26th 2000, in Mazara del Vallo (TP), Sicily , Italy .
In the short time her parents were serving lunch, Denise Pipitone, who was playing just outside the front door, disappeared. It happened around midday on September 1st, 2004, in Mazara del Vallo, near Trapani , in a street named ‘via Domenico la Bruna ’, at the corner of ‘via Castagnola’, very close to the highway. Denise followed his cousin around the corner, where her aunt lives. Her aunt said to have seen her for the last time around 11,45, then Denise went back towards her house – but never got there. All of this happened in a few minutes. 90 days after she went missing, exactly on October 18th 2004, a security guard noticed a group of nomads – a man, two women and three kids – in front of the bank where he was working, in Milan .
One of the kids looked like Denise Pipitone, and, even though it was a hot day, was wearing a coat with a hood that concealed her head. The guard called the police and tried to engage in a conversation with the child, but the group walked away before the police car could arrive. The security guard made a few videos with his mobile and delivered them to the examining magistrates. In one of the videos you can hear the woman (who said to be the kids’ mother) calling the child by the name of “Danàs” and the child answering in perfect Italian “Where are you taking me?”. One short video, no more than a few seconds of filming, was broadcast on March 20th, Sunday, the day after Denise’s mum had confirmed her belief that the child in the video was her daughter. Moreover, the guard noticed the girl had a scratch under her left eye, just like Denise. Also, from the exams carried out by RIS (a special unit of Carabinieri for scientific and forensic investigations), the probability that that child was Denise is very high, as they found many facial traits the two have in common. It was not possible to obtain DNA certification, though.
Despite the many pleas by Denise’s mum and the search of the authorities near all the Rom camps in that area, no-one seems to have seen that woman, that child and that group, nobody knows anybody. They’ve vanished.
The authorities do not think that Denise was kidnapped by the nomads, but she could have been left in their care from someone else, in a second phase of the kidnapping. Denise might already be living with another family.