Belgians dig up woodland in search of Frenchserial killer’s au pair

23rd September 2004, Comments 0 comments

SART-CUSTINNE, Belgium, Sept 23 (AFP) - Belgian investigators failed Thursday to unearth the remains of an au pair girl believed to have been the 10th victim of French self-confessed serial killer Michel Fourniret.

SART-CUSTINNE, Belgium, Sept 23 (AFP) - Belgian investigators failed Thursday to unearth the remains of an au pair girl believed to have been the 10th victim of French self-confessed serial killer Michel Fourniret.  

Two mechanical diggers worked in driving rain and churning mud near a property owned by Fourniret here, deep in the Ardennes woods near the border with France, without success.  

"No result," said state prosecutor Arnould d'Aspremont Lynden, while insisting the search would continue, perhaps next in a pond a few kilometres (miles) away.  

"We are determined. We go on. It would be too simple to find her straight away," he said.  

Fourniret, 62, was arrested in Belgium in June last year for abduction of minors and sexual misconduct. He has admitted to nine murders - those of eight women and girls and of one man - in France and Belgium.  

But the carpenter has denied claims by his estranged wife that he also murdered an au pair hired by the couple in 1993. The girl's identity remains a mystery.   

He has persistently told police he did not kill anyone between 1990 and 2000, but investigators remain sceptical.  

It is expected that Fourniret will eventually face trial in France, where most of the murders took place.

 

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