ROME -- Alfredo De Laurentiis, brother of internationally famous film producer Dino De Laurentiis, was found dead with head injuries Wednesday in his car at the bottom of a roadside ditch near Rome, police reported.
Skidmarks on the highway indicated De Laurentiis crashed into the ditch while traveling at high speed, police said.
They said the head injuries were consistent with such a crash.
De Laurentiis, 56, an owner of the Filmauro movie production company, had been missing since Tuesday morning when he left his home near the beach resort of Ostia to drive to his film studio in a southern district of Rome.
Police said there was no indication of foul play. They said it appeared De Laurentiis became ill at the wheel and swerved off the road into the ditch.
Police were alerted when De Laurentiis failed to show up at his film studio and feared he had been kidnapped, although his family said he was not a rich man.
Police said De Laurentiis, long separated from his wife and living with a woman friend, Maria Pia, and their two children, had a happy home life.
'We are not rich enough to be targets of a kidnapping and we have received no threatening telephone calls,' Maria Pia told police.
The Filmauro company, which De Laurentiis owns with his brother Luigi and grandson Aurelio, produced several recent movies which were successful in Italy. Another film is under production in Rome and the company planned a television series.
The missing man's brother, Dino De Laurentiis, is well known in Italy for his films. He married Silvano Mangano, a top Italian movie actress of the 1950s and has lived in the United States for several years.