Former model goes missing in Paris
French authorities have opened an investigation into the disappearance of former model Katoucha, who has been missing since the weekend
PARIS, February 7, 2008 - French authorities have opened an investigation
into the disappearance of former model Katoucha, who has been missing since
the weekend, a source close to the inquiry said Wednesday.
The Guinean model, 47, disappeared from her home between late Friday and
early Saturday, the source said. Relatives reported her disappearance to
police on Monday.
She had been living on a houseboat in the River Seine in Paris near the
picturesque Alexandre III bridge. A friend had accompanied her back there on
Her handbag was recovered at the entrance to the boat, according to the
source. Investigators "are not excluding any hypothesis, such as an accident
or suicide in the Seine, for example," the source said.
Divers searched for her body on Wednesday, a judicial source said.
At the start of her career, Katoucha posed for some of the world's greatest
designers. She recently published a book, "In My Flesh", where she recounts
her circumcision in Guinea when she was nine years old.