Quadruple murder in the Alps: arrest after nine years – panorama

It was an extremely frustrating case for investigators: four people were killed in September 2012 in the French Alps near the town of Chevaline, and all traces did not yield any results.

Police took a man into custody on Wednesday. He became a suspect after investigators reconstructed the course of events. Like the newspaper The Parisian reported with reference to corroborating sources, it is about a man who was already in the sights of the investigators in 2014.

According to investigators, the man’s questioning revealed no new clues. The man arrested the day before was released Thursday afternoon without any allegation against him, said prosecutor Line Bonnet in Annecy. On the basis of his statements and opinions, a possible involvement in the crime can be ruled out. The investigation of the case continued to find the perpetrator (s).

Chevaline’s quadruple murder is considered one of the most mysterious murders of recent years. The assailant shot a British couple of Iraqi tourists and the wife’s mother in a forest parking lot. A cyclist who obviously passed by accident was also killed. Only the couple’s two daughters, who lived near London, aged four and seven, survived. A shocking detail: After the crime, the four-year-old girl first hid under the legs of her deceased mother for eight hours before the forensic team found her while retrieving the corpses. The eldest was shot in the back and seriously injured as she tried to escape.

The man from the Chavaline region, taken into police custody this week, was noticed by forest workers as he was riding his motorcycle. After posting a ghost image in 2013, he did not volunteer. He was not investigated until 2014 because he was nearby after assessing data from his cell phone 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.

During an on-site visit, the biker was suspicious

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 possibly discover new approaches. Forestry workers and the now 57-year-old motorcyclist were also involved. According to The Parisian There were inconsistencies in the times given by the rider.

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 also said to be a gun collector. After the discovery of various weapons, he was also investigated for illegal arms trafficking in 2014.

The family of the victims were obviously on vacation at a 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.


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