Bones recovered in hunt for serial killer's victim

11th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

BUSSY-EN-OTHE, France, July 11, 2006 (AFP) - French police said Tuesday they had recovered bones and clothing that could belong to one of the victims, whose body was never found, of the self-confessed serial killer Michel Fourniret.

BUSSY-EN-OTHE, France, July 11, 2006 (AFP) - French police said Tuesday they had recovered bones and clothing that could belong to one of the victims, whose body was never found, of the self-confessed serial killer Michel Fourniret.

The remains were found in a well in a rural area in Bussy-en-Othe, near the central French city of Auxerre, state prosecutor Francis Nachbar told a press conference.

"We are awaiting DNA analysis to confirm whether it is indeed the body of Isabelle Laville and the results will be known in a few weeks," he said.

He said police had fished out a pair of women's boots which the father of the victim, who was murdered in 1987, aged 17, had "all-but identified."

Laville's father - visibly shaken - told reporters on the sidelines of the press conference there was a "very high chance" that the remains were those of his daughter.

Fourniret - who is accused of murdering 13 young girls and women in France and Belgium over a 15-year period - has confessed to raping and murdering the 17-year-old Laville in 1987, saying he threw her body down a well.

She is the only one of the 13 victims whose body was never recovered.

A 64-year-old carpenter, Fourniret was extradited from Belgium to France in January, along with his ex-wife and suspected accomplice Monique Olivier, 57, to face trial over seven of the killings.

Their trial is set to open late this year.

Both had agreed in April to take part in police searches for Laville's body in the Auxerre region.

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Subject: French News

 

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