Swiss twins' mother says search must continue: report
The mother of missing Swiss six-year-old twins on Friday pleaded for the international search to continue and said she felt they were still alive despite a letter from the father saying he had killed them.
Italian news agency ANSA spoke to the woman, Irina Lucidi, and also cited relatives describing the chilling contents of a postcard and two letters sent by her estranged husband in the days before he took his own life.
"Despite all the bad news that I've received, my heart of a mother feels that my daughters are alive. I beg you, continue to search for Livia and Alessia," Irina Lucidi, who is Italian, was quoted as saying in the report.
"Keep looking, it can't be that my little twins are dead," she said.
The father, 43-year-old Matthias Schepp, was quoted as saying in his last letter to Lucidi: "I will be the last to die. I have already killed the girls. They did not suffer and now they are resting in a tranquil place."
The word "not" was written in big letters and underlined, ANSA reported.
"I wanted to die with my daughters but it didn't happen that way. Now I will be the last to die," he was quoted as saying. "You will not see them again."
ANSA also quoted a postcard sent by the man to his wife from Marseille on January 31 referring to a custody dispute over their daughters.
"I can't go on if I can't get custody," he was said to have written.
The postcard was followed by a letter from the French port of Toulon on January 2 and the final letter, which was post-marked on the same day that Schepp jumped under a train in southern Italy, the report said.
© 2011 AFP