Family of missing Swiss twins make Facebook appeal

9th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

The mother of the Swiss twins who have been missing for 10 days made an emotional appeal on Facebook on Wednesday for witnesses to help find her six year-old daughters.

"When the world says 'give up,' hope whispers, 'try it one more time'," the family said in a message posted on the Facebook page "Missing Alessia and Livia".

"Please keep helping us in finding traces from Livia and Alessia! We shall not give up searching for them!" they added.

"We have to keep on going, and the chances are that we will stumble on something, perhaps when we are least expecting it. Never heard of anyone... ever stumbling on something sitting down."

A spokesman for police in the Swiss canton of Vaud, Jean-Christophe Sauterel, confirmed to AFP that the site was set up by the family of mother Irina Lucidi.

Investigators in southern France said earlier Thursday that three witnesses had seen the twins on board the ferry with their father, Matthias Schepp, after he bought tickets in Marseille for the crossing to Propriano in Corsica last week.

It marked the first confirmed sighting of the girls outside Switzerland since they were taken away by their distraught father on January 30 in the midst of marital tensions before he committed suicide in Italy.

On hearing the news about the ferry trip, the family wrote: "So we have to keep on searching, especially in Corsica, we can still find them!!!!"

© 2011 AFP

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