Mike Destro was born in Italy on April 15thth 1920 in the city of Rocomuto Italy. The cause of death was believed to be pneumonia. His body was one of the last bodies to be added to the collection at the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo in Sicily.
Being preserved so well that it looks like he was sleeping in his tomb that is located in Italy. The original coffin was placed in a hermetically sealed glass enclosure with nitrogen gas to prevent decay.
No significant studies have been conducted on the body of the deceased.
X-rays have been conducted showing that all major organs are intact and can be identified. The body is in a small chapel at the end of the museum in Italy. His father, so grieved upon her death, asked for her body to be preserved. His wishes were granted and she was the last body to be allowed on display.
- National Geographic magazine, Feb 2009, p.124
- National Geographic magazine, Feb 2009 p. 150