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Death of Emile Soleil: what the investigation can establish about the causes of death

Three days after the discovery of bones belonging to little Émile, the prosecutor of the Republic of Aix-en-Provence held a conference of press Tuesday.

Nine months after the disappearance of mile, 2 and a half years old, in the hamlet of Haut-Vernet, a hiker found him. bones Saturday March 30. Authorities have since confirmed the incident. that they were indeed those of the older child; two and a half years. This discovery relaunched research in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. And if throughout the weekend the system put in place by the investigators was largely implemented; how, this Tuesday, April 2, 2024, the prosecutor of the Republic of Aix-en-Provence, Jean-Luc Blachon, delivered first information on the progress of the investigation and the various clues discovered. < /p>

Information on the cause of death of the little boy, who disappeared last July, was, of course, eagerly awaited. But the prosecutor was é formal: "Between the fall, involuntary manslaughter and murder, we cannot favor any hypothesis." And add: "These bones alone do not allow us to say what is the cause of 'Eacute;mile's death." The investigation is therefore continuing. The prosecutor nevertheless revealed that different details, such as the discovery of the boy's clothes not far from the bones or the first results of analyzes of his creation ;ne.

Some of little Émile's clothes found

"À approximately 150 meters from the site of the discovery of the skull, were discovered. discovered yesterday (Monday), below the path, certain clothes that Émile was wearing on the day of her disappearance: a t-shirt, her shoes, and panties. No other effects, no other bones were found. found. The clothes have been carefully selected. transported to l'IRCGN for analyses. “We do not have the partial results of the analyses”, indicated the public prosecutor.

"Small post-mortem cracks and fractures" on the skull

"The first analyzes of the skull revealed small cracks and small post-mortem fractures. No antemortem trauma was reported. observed. The skull shows bite marks probably caused by animals. A maxilla is missing. The appearance of the bones and the deposits allows us to affirm that they were not part of the body. buried, but exposed for a long time to bad weather. Analyzes are continuing to determine whether they may have encountered different biotopes. His bones alone do not allow us to say what was the cause of Emile Soleil's death, continued Jean-Luc Blachon.

"The investigation will continue with the same intensity. The excavations are not finished. They will probably continue tomorrow (Wednesday). Between the child's fall, manslaughter and murder, we still cannot favor one hypothesis. I know it's not satisfactory, he concluded. The bones were destroyed. discovered on March 30, 2024 between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on a path that a walker remembers having taken. oacute; a month before. She was able to precisely indicate its location to the investigators: the skull was placed in front of her. On the ground. "This is in summeré of a very vegetated area" indicates the public prosecutor. A place that can be reached in approximately 25 minutes on foot from the bottom of the village. 

Long and complex research

Since Monday, the gendarmerie has ensured that "the best experts" are working on the investigations. Anthropologists, drone pilots, 3D analysts… All means are put in place to try to advance the investigation. On Monday, around a hundred investigators and search dogs were already there. mobilized in Haut-Vernet to uncover the truth on the discovery of the bones of little Émile. The unfavorable weather of recent days greatly complicates the task of experts, particularly when it is necessary to use drones, specified the spokesperson for the gendarmerie, Marie-Laure Pezant: "We will favor a straight window ;téo more favorable, but çit'will not prevent us from going into the field."

Colonel Pierre-Yves Bardy was unable to give more details regarding the duration of the research in the face of the press, this Monday, April 1st. "They will last as long as they are needed. There is no time limit on investigations. As long as investigators need to work in a secure environment, the area will be prohibited. This Monday on BFMTV, the former director of the ;#39;criminal research institute of the national gendarmerie (IRCGN), François Daoust, indicated that the fact of not having foundé that the skull of Mile would lead to "much longer and more complex research".

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116