Italian police seek taped message on missing twins

10th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Italian police looking for six-year-old twin girls missing for nearly two weeks believe a tape-recorded message from their father could point to their whereabouts, news reports said Thursday.

A tape recorder belonging to Matthias Schepp, 43, who killed himself by throwing himself under a train in southern Italy, is missing and "could contain a message with information about what happened" to the girls, investigators told the Italian news agency Ansa.

Schepp and daughters Alessia and Livia disappeared from Switzerland on January 30 after he failed to return the girls to his estranged wife Irina Lucidi.

The three were last seen on a ferry from Marseille to Corsica on Monday last week and Schepp's body was discovered in southern Italy on Thursday but no trace of the girls has been found.

Schepp mailed a large sum of money to his wife before killing himself and police believe the recorder could also have been mailed.

He "may have decided to mail the recorder, an old model which he always had with him but which was not found at his home in Switzerland or near his body," Ansa quoted an investigator as saying.

Late Wednesday the mother, who had been involved in divorce proceedings with the father, appealed for witnesses in Italy to come forward, saying that sightings of the girls on the ferry was a "sign of hope."

© 2011 AFP

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