Mor more than nine years after a mysterious quadruple murder in the French Alps, investigators have arrested a suspect. The prosecutor Line Bonnet announced Wednesday in Annecy that it was a question of checking the timing. The Chevaline crime is considered one of the most mysterious murder cases of recent years.
An unknown man shot and killed a married couple of Iraqi origin and the woman’s mother in a forest parking lot in September 2012. A cyclist who was obviously passing by was also killed. Only the couple’s two daughters, who lived near London, aged four and seven, survived.
At first, the prosecution was unable to provide more details on the arrest due to the confidentiality of the investigation. After the end of custody, the public should be re-informed, he said. As the newspaper “Le Parisien” reported in the evening, referring to corroborating sources, the person arrested is a man who had already been targeted by investigators in 2014.
As a biker, the man of the department was noticed by forest workers in the area at the time of the crime. After the publication of a ghost image, he did not come forward. He was the focus of the investigation in 2014 because, according to his cell phone data, he was nearby at the time of the crime. Although the ex-policeman was temporarily arrested, there was no trial as there was no connection to the crime. The man testified at the time that he stayed near the crime scene to go paragliding, his hobby.
Inconsistencies in the times given by the rider
In September, the investigators organized an on-site meeting in order to reconstruct the possible processes around the crime with the different parties involved and thus to possibly discover new approaches. Forestry workers and motorcyclists were also involved. According to “Le Parisien”, inconsistencies concerning the schedules given by the biker would have appeared.
The victims were each shot twice in the head with a rare weapon. It was a Luger 06 automatic pistol developed at the beginning of the last century and very popular with gun collectors. The biker is said to be a gun collector. After the discovery of various weapons, he was also investigated for illegal arms trafficking.
The family of the victims were obviously on vacation at a three-star campsite in the popular resort area. In the context of a possible inheritance dispute as a reason, a team of Franco-British investigators had a member of his family arrested. But there too there was not enough incriminated material, the man was released. The Iraqi father had worked in the space industry. Police also verified speculations that he might be involved in espionage activity – the investigation was unsuccessful.