Ville-sur-Lumes (France) – The search for the body of Estelle Mouzin resumed Tuesday in the Ardennes, where for the second day, the investigating judge will try to make Michel Fourniret speak, accused of having kidnapped and killed the nine-year-old girl in 2003, accompanying her to the suspected crime scene.
Like the day before, the serial killer and his ex-wife were taken to Ville-sur-Lumes, to the house where Monique Olivier claims that her ex-husband kidnapped, raped and killed Estelle Mouzin. They arrived at the end of the morning in front of the building, with accesses cordoned off by the gendarmerie, AFP noted.
The partial DNA of Estelle Mouzin was found in two places on a mattress seized in this house, a time occupied by the sister of the criminal. Excavations had been carried out there at the end of June, to no avail.
The ex-couple was also to be taken to land that had belonged to the serial killer in Floing, and to the Sautou castle, a large isolated property that also belonged to him, also searched in vain in June, according to the former couple. a source close to the case.
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The objective of the examining magistrate Sabine Khéris, who resumed the investigations in 2019 and obtained the confession of the couple, is “to do a scenario to bring back memories“, according to the same source.
The trip, which can last several days, depends on “the evolution of exchanges“with Michel Fourniret, complicated by his convoluted statements and his neurological state, at 78 years old.
On Monday afternoon, the convoy remained for more than two hours in the cemetery of Montcy-Saint-Pierre, in Charleville-Mézières, a site not excavated in June.
An important device was deployed for this convocation, and the organization of excavations was planned if necessary.
The two ex-husbands had been confronted, on October 15, in Guermantes (Seine-et-Marne), on the scene of the disappearance of the girl on her return from school on January 9, 2003. Monique Olivier had confirmed there “Michel Fourniret’s involvement in Estelle’s disappearance“, according to Didier Seban, lawyer of Eric Mouzin, the father of the girl.
Indicted in this case in November 2019, Michel Fourniret confessed in March his responsibility, but without providing any elements to find the body. Monique Olivier was indicted for “complicity“.
The serial killer was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2008 for the murders of seven young women or teenage girls between 1987 and 2001. In February 2018, he confessed to having killed two other young women in Yonne.