Quadruple murder in the Alps: suspected biker arrested first, then released

Panorama Quadruple murder in 2012

No charges – suspect freed in murder of family in the Alps

The closed parking lot where investigators were looking for traces of the deaths of four people in 2012

The closed parking lot where investigators were looking for traces of the deaths of four people in 2012


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In 2012, three family members and another man were killed in France. All of the victims were shot in the head and the family had international connections. Now, investigators have briefly arrested a suspect – and yet had to release him again.

Dhe quadruple murder in the French Alps made world headlines at the time: one or more strangers shot dead an Iraqi couple and the mother of their wife in a forest parking lot.

A cyclist who obviously passed by accident was also killed. Only the couple’s two daughters, who live near London, aged four and seven, survived the September 2012 bombing. The Chevaline crime is considered one of the most mysterious murders of recent years.

More than nine years later, investigators arrested a suspect on January 12. As reported by the newspaper “Le Parisien”, this is the man who was already targeted by investigators in 2014. As a biker, the man of the department was noticed by forest workers in the region at the time of the crime .

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There was not much that was against him at the time: After a ghost image was posted, he did not report to the police on his own. He returned to the focus of the investigation in 2014 because, according to his cell phone data, he was nearby at the time of the crime. Also at this time, the ex-policeman was temporarily arrested, but there was no trial as there was no connection to the crime. The man testified that he stayed near the crime scene to go paragliding, his hobby.

During an on-site visit, doubts arose

It’s about checking the timing, Prosecutor Line Bonnet announced it on Wednesday in Annecy. A little later the disillusion: a French examining magistrate released the suspect Thursday afternoon without filing a complaint. The Annecy prosecutor’s office said in a short message on Twitter that the investigation would continue.

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.

Journalists and photographers in the parking lot shortly after the crime scene cleared

Journalists and photographers in the parking lot shortly after the crime scene cleared

Source: dpa

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.


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