Swiss police search for missing father and sons

9th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Police in central Switzerland said on Wednesday that they had put out a Europe-wide missing persons notice after a father and two sons disappeared during a shopping trip.

Police in Zug canton said in a statement that an army helicopter equipped with an infrared camera and heat-seeking equipment as well as divers were mobilised in the search for the 50-year-old and his sons aged seven and 10.

As police in the west of the country were engaged in a three-nation search for missing twins who disappeared with their father who later committed suicide, Zug police said the family they were dealing with had no marital or business problems and there was no indication of a suicide risk.

"No one can make sense of the case," police spokesman Marcel Schlatter told the Swiss news agency SDA/ATS.

The mother reported her husband, a local politician and entrepreneur, missing from their home in the village of Neuheim on Monday evening after the three failed to return from a trip to a local supermarket.

The search was focusing on their silver Nissan car, security camera recordings from the shopping centre as well as nearby lakes after a nationwide alert failed to yield more clues.

"The three missing people were in the meantime registered in the Europe-wide Schengen Information System," which links police forces in 25 countries, the statement said, as they appealed for local witnesses.

© 2011 AFP

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