Body of French actor's daughter identified

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PARIS, Dec 12 (AFP) - DNA tests carried out on two burned bodies found in a garden southeast of Paris have confirmed that they belong to the daughter of a well-known French actor and a friend of hers, investigators said Sunday.

PARIS, Dec 12 (AFP) - DNA tests carried out on two burned bodies found in a garden southeast of Paris have confirmed that they belong to the daughter of a well-known French actor and a friend of hers, investigators said Sunday.

The bodies of Geraldine Giraud, 36-year-old daughter of Roland Giraud and herself an actress, and Katia Lherbier, 32, had been found late Thursday in a well. They were last seen on November 2 at the Giraud country home near the town of Sens.

Investigators earlier informed Lherbier's family that her body and that of Giraud bore no traces of sexual assault or bruising, according to a source close to the family.

The women's bodies were found in the garden of forestry worker Jean-Pierre Treiber, 41, who had been detained by police since late November after he was filmed by security cameras using the women's bank-cards.

Searches in his garden at the town of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne had already uncovered burned items of clothing and a set of keys that fitted doors to the Girauds' property.

Roland Giraud, who made his name as a screen actor in the French version of "Three Men and a Baby", has continued to appear every night at a central Paris theatre in the lead role in the play "Avis de Tempete".

Geraldine Giraud had followed her father's career and in October appeared in the French film "Pedale Dure".

Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, a mediaeval town of some 4,000 inhabitants, was the home of one of France's most notorious mass murderers Marcel Petiot.

Petiot, who was the town's mayor before World War II, was guillotined in1946 after being convicted of 27 murders.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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