French murder father was not in Austria: police

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Austrian police said Friday that a Frenchman missing since his wife and children were murdered has not been in Austria, despite a number of tip-offs which suggested he may have been.

"We've followed up the tip-offs. None of them lead to Austria," federal police spokesman Helmut Greiner told AFP.

According to a report in the daily Kronen Zeitung, the federal police had attached some importance to a statement by a taxi driver in Salzburg, who said that Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes had been his passenger.

Global police agency Interpol has issued a so-called "blue notice" seeking information on Dupont de Ligonnes, 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.

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