Missing Powell Woman Found Dead In Italy


Italian police said on Wednesday that they found the body of an American woman on who went missing in Tuscany for three days and believe she was the victim of a hit-and-run driver.

Carabinieri Col. Antonio Frassinetto told a news conference that the body of 23-year-old Allison Owens was found Wednesday in a canal beside a heavily trafficked road in San Giovanni Valdarno. He said she may have been using an iPod and not heard a car approaching.

Tests have been ordered to determine the cause of death, 10TV's Jessa Goddard reported.

Owens, from Powell, was a guide for a tour company.

She arrived in Italy last Saturday. Owens was last seen alive the next day on Sunday afternoon.

More than 100 police using dogs searched for her.

She attended Village Academy in Powell, Goddard reported. School officials said that they were "completely devastated."

Owens was a 2006 graduate and homecoming queen. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Her brother is currently a student there, Goddard reported.

According to Italian media outlets, Owen's mother arrived at the Florence airport Wednesday morning and was on her way to San Giovanni Valdarno.

Three years ago, Owen's father, former Bob Evans CEO Stewart Owens, died of cancer, Goddard reported.

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