Police find GPS belonging to father of missing twins

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Police said Monday they have discovered the remains of a badly damaged satellite navigator used by the father of missing Swiss twins, but that are unlikely to advance their search for the girls.

Police found crushed pieces of a global positioning system (GPS) used by Matthias Schepp and car keys in bushes near the train tracks of Cerignola station in southern Italy where he had thrown himself under a fast train.

"It will be difficult to retrieve data" due to the poor conditions the object was found in, said Alfredo Fabbrocini, a local police official in charge of the Cerignola part of the inquiry.

Investigators say Schepp, who had carefully parked and locked his car, may have taken the GPS with him so that the information it carried would be destroyed as he threw himself under the train.

Italian police on Saturday said that they were looking for the device in the hope that it could retrace his steps since his January 28 departure from Switzerland and lead to six-year-old twins Livia and Alessia.

Before he committed suicide, Schepp, a Swiss engineer, had sent a letter to his estranged wife in Italy writing that he had killed the fair-haired girls and that they "are resting in peace in a quiet area."

Investigators have focused their search on the French island of Corsica over the past few days after witnesses came forward to say they had seen Schepp and the two girls there on February 1.

According to the police inquiry, Schepp allegedly left Corsica on the same day, alone, to mainland France from where he drove to southern Italy.

© 2011 AFP

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