Search for suspected Fourniret victim called off
8 March 2006, BRUSSELS — A search for a possible victim of serial killer Michel Fourniret in a forest in Sart-Custinne on Tuesday morning yielded no result.
8 March 2006
BRUSSELS — A search for a possible victim of serial killer Michel Fourniret in a forest in Sart-Custinne on Tuesday morning yielded no result.
The Dinant public prosecution office said the search was called off on Tuesday afternoon, quicker than expected. "The results are negative," it said.
The search in southern Belgium was carried out on request from Dinant investigative judge Pierre Hanin.
Two sections of a coniferous forest with an area of about 1,000sq m were examined by police officers.
The aim was to determine whether a revolting smell noticed by mushroom pickers between 1995 and 1999 could have come from the body of a victim killed by Fourniret.
The area of the search appeared plausible given the fact that Fourniret's wife, Monique Olivier, claims that her husband killed an au pair girl who was staying with them in 1992 or 1993.
He is alleged to have buried the girl near the house and the two sections of forest searched on Tuesday are located about 1km from the former Fourniret home.
The Dinant prosecution office said the smell could also have come from another victim as it has been discovered that the Fournirets had several young women stay with them in Sart-Custinne in the 1990s.
However, no traces of bodies were found in the Sart-Custinne forest on Tuesday.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news