Swiss, Italian, French officials to meet on missing twins

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Swiss, Italian and French investigators will meet Wednesday to discuss developments in their search for a pair of missing Swiss twins, police told AFP Monday.

The meeting, aimed at coordinating the three-country search for the 6-year-old girls who have been missing since their father Matthias Schepp failed to return to their mother on January 30, was initially to have been held on Tuesday.

It has been "moved to Wednesday due to logistic reasons," said Swiss police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel, without giving details on the location of the planned meeting.

According to sources close to the investigation, prosecutors from the three countries in charge of the probe are to meet in Marseille.

Schepp had confessed in letters to his estranged wife to killing his daughters Alessia and Livia before he threw himself under a train in Italy.

As Schepp and the girls were last seen on a ferry from mainland France to Corsica on January 31, the hunt has in recent days been concentrated on the French Mediterranean island.

The parents worked for the tobacco giant Phillip Morris and had separate homes in the quaint village of Saint-Sulpice on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

© 2011 AFP

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