Father of missing Swiss twins said he killed them: police

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The father of missing Swiss twins wrote to their mother to say he had "killed them", shortly before he committed suicide in southeastern Italy, Swiss police said on Friday.

"The last envelope dated February 3 contained a letter in which the father said he killed the two girls, saying he was in Cerignola where he was about to kill himself," Vaud regional police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel said.

"I can confirm that in his letter he also said that they did not suffer and were resting in peace," he added.

Police in Switzerland, France, Corsica and Italy have been searching for the six year-old girls after the father, Matthias Schepp, failed to return them to his estranged wife in Switzerland on January 30.

He threw himself under a train in the southeastern Italian village of Cerignola four days later.

© 2011 AFP

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