Ville-sur-Lumes (France) – Will Michel Fourniret indicate this time when he buried Estelle Mouzin, whom he is accused of having kidnapped and killed at the age of nine, in 2003? This is the stake of his trip started Monday in the Ardennes with his ex-wife Monique Olivier, after unsuccessful excavations in the area in June.
At the end of the afternoon, the convoy escorting the duo went to the cemetery of Montcy-Saint-Pierre, a site that had not been excavated in June, in a district of Charleville-Mézières and remained there. more than two hours, AFP found. Access had been blocked by the gendarmerie and the press confined to a few hundred meters.
The serial killer and his ex-wife were taken there after being driven in a convoy of 21 gendarmerie and military vehicles to the house where Monique Olivier claims that her ex-husband kidnapped, raped and killed Estelle Mouzin. Access to the building, located in the nearby town of Villes-sur-Lumes, had also been sealed off.
Estelle Mouzin’s partial DNA was found in two places on a mattress seized in this house, once occupied by the criminal’s sister, and searched in June in the absence of the serial killer.
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The objective of the examining magistrate Sabine Khéris, who resumed the investigations in 2019 and obtained the confessions of the couple, is with this trip “to do a scenario to bring back memories“, indicated Monday a source close to the file.
– Very “decreases” –
More “everything will depend of course“the state of health of Michel Fourniret”because it is diminished“, she explained. At 78, her convoluted statements and her neurological state complicate research.
According to this source, “everything will take place in driving. The judge may decide to redeploy to other places depending on the evolution of the exchanges“. “Nothing has been determined for the time being but means are anticipated in case“, with the possible deployment”archaeologists and a geo-radar“. A backhoe loader was also sent to the Charleville-Mézières gendarmerie.
The program “could take several days“, according to a source close to the investigation. The ex-couple could also be taken to the castle of Sautou, a 15 ha property that belonged to”the ogre of the Ardennes“, not far from Ville-sur-Lumes, also searched without success in June.
As during this operation, a major device was deployed, mobilizing in particular investigators from the Dijon research section in charge of the investigation, soldiers from the 17th RDP of Montauban, a unit specializing in operational excavations, and experts from the gendarmerie criminal research institute.
– Implication “confirmed” –
The two ex-spouses had previously been confronted, on October 15, in Guermantes (Seine-et-Marne), at the scene of the disappearance of the girl on her return from school on January 9, 2003.
There, Monique Olivier confirmed “Michel Fourniret’s involvement in Estelle’s disappearance“, had declared to the press Me Didier Seban, lawyer of Eric Mouzin, the father of the girl.
Indicted in November 2019 for “kidnapping and forcible confinement followed by death“, Michel Fourniret had finally admitted in March his responsibility in the case:”I recognize there a being who is no longer there by my fault“, he declared to the judge.
But if he had estimated “pertinent“that the girl’s body could be found in one of her old properties in the Ardennes, he had not provided more elements.
In August, Monique Olivier, who had already accused her ex-husband of the murder of the girl, was for her part indicted, for “complicity“.
Michel Fourniret was convicted in 2008 of the murders of seven young women or teenage girls between 1987 and 2001 and sentenced to irreducible life, then sentenced again in 2018 for a heinous murder.
In February 2018, he confessed to having killed two other young women in Yonne: Marie-Angèle Domece, who disappeared in 1988 at age 19, and Joanna Parrish, 20, found dead two years later.