The essentials Still no trace of the body of Estelle Mouzin, who was killed in the Ardennes in 2003 at the age of nine. This second day of excavations was carried out in the presence of Monique Olivier, Michel Fourniret’s ex-wife. The lawyers dealing with this case believe they are on a “very serious” road.
A second day of research took place in the Ardennes on Tuesday April 27 to find the body of Estelle Mouzin, whom Michel Fourniret confessed to being killed in 2003. The searches were unsuccessful, but the investigators are convinced that they are on “a very serious lead,” according to the lawyers confiscated in the case.
That research, led by serial killer Monique Olivier’s ex-wife and accomplice, will continue until the end of the week, Monique Olivier’s attorney Me Richard Delgenes said.
Two excavators resumed their work from 8 a.m. on Monday, April 26th. Little by little she returned to the vicinity of a road in the communal forest of Issancourt-et-Rumel. As on Monday, an archaeologist took part in the operations in support of the criminal identification teams, during which a drone was also mobilized.
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“We haven’t found it yet, but Monique Olivier confirmed she was sure she’d dropped Fourniret there. Estelle’s body has to be in this area, it’s mandatory, ”Me Delgenes told the press at the end of the afternoon. “Once we have the virtual certainty that Estelle Mouzin’s body may have been dumped in the forest next door, there is no reason we cannot find it,” he said. But “it takes a bit of luck (…), there is nothing easy, especially 18 years later”, it “depends on where Mr. Fourniret buried the corpse, could not bury it”.
“Just over half” the area, “the easiest part for the diggers’ work,” has already been raked, said Didier Seban, lawyer for the Mouzin family, and said investigators would now look for a “steeper” one. more complex “area.
“We think it’s really serious”
They will also have to investigate on Wednesday a depression discovered on the outskirts of this area by a pensioner living in close proximity who informed the gendarmes of the item, he said.
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Monique Olivier “lied a lot”, but also given the elements of the file, “you can think that this time there is sincerity in what she says (…), you think it is really serious,” he noted.
“We are in the Michel Fourniret area, this place really makes sense”, “it’s not just what Monique Olivier says, it’s the environment and (…) the way she interacts with others Victims who make us apart Let’s say we have a very serious lead to find Estelle, ”he insisted.
As part of the search operations that began last June, investigators began searching the area in early April before vacating it to facilitate the search.