Corsica police renew hunt for missing Swiss twins

14th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Police on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica renewed their search Monday for six-year-old Swiss twins whose father said he killed them before throwing himself under a train.

The hunt continued a day after the girls' mother travelled to Corsica and scoured the island in a police helicopter in a desperate, against-the-odds bid to find them alive.

"I still hope that my daughters are alive because they were seen alive in Corsica," Irina Lucidi said in emotional remarks to reporters in the Corsican city of Ajaccio late Sunday at the end of her fruitless search.

Matthias Schepp confessed in letters to his estranged wife to killing six-year-old Alessia and Livia Schepp before he threw himself under a train in Italy.

Swiss, French and Italian police have been searching for signs of the twins after Schepp, a Canadian-born Swiss, failed to return them to his wife on January 30 after picking them up two days earlier for the weekend.

Four days later he flung himself under a train in southern Italy, in apparent desperation at his separation from his wife and a custody dispute over the daughters.

Schepp and the girls were last seen on a ferry from mainland France to Corsica on January 31. There has been no confirmed trace of the twins since that date.

The parents were a high-flying couple who worked for the tobacco giant Phillip Morris and who had separate homes in the quaint village of Saint-Sulpice on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

© 2011 AFP

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