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Annecy Murder: No Longer A Cold Case

by Oui Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 12:27:37 PM EST

[Update-2] Person of interest released and cleared of any suspicion

Man held over Alps murder took part in reconstruction: prosecutor

The detention of the unnamed man has raised hopes of a breakthrough in one of the country's most notorious murder cases that saw three members of a British family gunned down in front of their two young daughters.

This is a police custody as there has already been a lot in this case, we must not get carried away," proclaimed the district prosecutor Line Bonnet-Mathis, somewhat "surprised by the speed of information flow ”.

“I will not say anything more about the person heard. We have already had a suicide following police custody in this case (May 26, 2015), we must remain cautious and measured on its outcome. I do not want to give any elements of identification or location of this person", punctuated the prosecutor who will inform on her twitter account of the possible extension of police custody, which began at 8 am this Wednesday morning.

Contract assassination, itinerant murderer, local killer ... all avenues have been explored, without convincing success for the moment.

I have participated many weeks on her blog, excellent coverage by a dedicated group. Never came close to finding a motive, so I'm very pleased this maybe a breakthrough.

Our educated guess was a local motive with cyclist Sylvain Mollier as the primary target.

British family of four killed in Chevaline near Annecy
By Marilyn Z. Tomlinson in Paris

On Wednesday, September 5 of 2012, Iraqi-born but British-nationalised Surrey-based businessman Saad Al-Hilli, 50, on holiday in the Lake Annecy region in France, was brutally shot down.

Saad (if I may call him that) was making an afternoon-outing in this beautiful eastern French region of lakes and hills and mountains and forests, so loved by both foreign and French tourists, and in his BMW were his wife Iqbal (47), her mother Suhaila al-Allaf, 74, and the Al-Hillis' two young daughters, Zainab, seven, and Zeena, four.

However, on Thursday, September 30, this year of 2021 - in other words three days ago, suddenly, and without advance notification, French policemen sealed off that Alpine Road, and heavily-armed police were walking about, touching here and touching there, and measuring here and measuring there, and taking photographs.

Present were forensic police - and a magistrate. 


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So it's the motorcyclist encountered by the ONF officers above the Place du Martinet? Hmm.

French police issue sketch of Alps murder suspect | France24 - Nov. 4, 2013 |

Alps murders: ex-policeman arrested in village near scene of al-Hilli shootings | The Guardian - Feb. 18, 2014 |


Five years on, death of family in the Alps remains a mystery | France24 - Sept. 5, 2017 |

French police re-arrest suspect over 2012 gun massacre of British family in the Alps after 'discovering inconsistencies' in his statement | Mail Online |

Wikipedia entry -- Annecy Shootings


The investigating judge has decided to extend the police custody currently in progress since 8:05 a.m. this morning. A press release will be sent after the end of the custody.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 12:48:51 PM EST

Tuerie de Chevaline : la garde à vue du motard a été prolongée | L'Est Republicain |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 12:57:26 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 02:13:38 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 01:08:47 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 01:21:43 PM EST

Alps al-Hilli murders: French investigation 'total failure' | BBC Breakfast Radio - 13 min. |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 02:09:32 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 02:11:12 PM EST
Let's not get carried away...

First of all, the Chevaline murders ("Tuerie de Chevaline" in French) are no "cold case": the investigations have never stopped, even though no breakthrough have been made thus far. Actually, a new investigation team has been assigned last September: they organized a major 2-day re-enactment on the crime scene (Sept. 30- Oct. 1).

Following that, they reviewed all the deposition from the different witnesses, including the man who was kept in police custody, to "double check timeline elements". The man, a Lyon based business owner, has been first heard in 2015 and released. he was released again earlier this afternoon.

At this point, not a single new development that we know of: the mystery still stands.

As you reported above, this collective murder has generated a frenzy of wild speculation, but so far, that's all there is: speculation.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 06:33:09 PM EST
Was this witness the biker as many reported yesterday or the paraglider (biker #2). The first biker was a former policeman with plenty of small arms in his possession but was a local living in the village of Talloires.

A Mountain Enigma -- Part Two

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 06:57:53 PM EST
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The paraglider; he was interrogated a first time in 2015.

The small arms collector committed suicide in 2014.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 07:48:48 PM EST
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As I recall from memory, the person who committed suicide was the foreign legionnaire under investigation and linked to the Molliers.

Former foreign legionnaire Patrice Menegaldo, who knew Claire Schutz, committed suicide after he was questioned as a witness, without being placed under arrest.

After his death, it took another year to rule him out as suspect.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 08:53:39 PM EST
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Tuerie de Chevaline : de nouveaux actes d'enquête sur la scène du crime | Libération - Sept. 30, 2021 |

After the re-enactment, I was hopeful there would have been some leads ... today mystery still stands.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 07:07:55 PM EST
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[Press release] Translation:
Lifting of police custody by the judge #Chevaline 🔴 No charge is held against the person in custody. Investigations are continuing to identify the perpetrator(s).

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 06:35:29 PM EST

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