Austrian tip-offs about French murder father: report

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Austrian police said Thursday they are investigating a number of tip-offs that a Frenchman missing since his wife and children were murdered may have been in Austria.

Federal police spokesman Helmut Greiner told Austrian news agency APA that a number of "useful tip-offs" had been received from people in Austria, which the police were now pursuing.

Nevertheless, Greiner ruled out that Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes was hiding in Austria.

Global police agency Interpol has issued a so-called "blue notice" seeking information on Dupont de Ligonnes who has been missing since his 49-year-old wife Agnes, daughter Anne, 16, and three sons aged 13 to 21 were found buried in the garden of their family home on April 21.

Autopsy results showed the victims had been "methodically" shot with a .22 calibre firearm similar to one that Dupont de Ligonnes had used during shooting practice at a Nantes rifle club.

According to a report to appear in Friday's edition of the daily Kronen Zeitung, quoting Greiner, the federal police attach some importance to a statement by a taxi driver in Salzburg, who said that the suspect had been his passenger.

Around a dozen tip-offs had been received from Austria and all were being investigated, the newspaper said.

© 2011 AFP

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