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Disappearance of little Emille: after the discovery of the child's body, unanswered questions

Bones carrying the DNA of little Emile, who disappeared in July 2023 in Haut-Vernet, were discovered. found on Saturday March 30. A discovery which marks the end of the suspense but leaves many questions unanswered.

Easter celebrations are now associated with Easter. this macabre story. The inhabitants of the small hamlet of Vernet, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence learned, on Sunday March 31, of the discovery of bones belonging to little Emile, the 2-year-old boy. ;nbsp;years disappeared in July 2023. A skull was found. found by a hiker not far from the house of her maternal grandparents who had custody of her for the holidays. "It's unthinkable ! The entire area has been destroyed. raked with a fine comb, peeled, how were they able to move on to the next generation? side ?", wonders Carine, one of the 25 inhabitants of the town, reports Le Parisien.

This is THE question that comes up on everyone's lips. Nearly 9 months after the boy's disappearance, no beatings had been carried out. fruitful. However, impressive devices — searches, searches, analyzes — had been é deployed quickly. Excavation operations were carried out. organized from July 9, the day after the disappearance, then mid-September, around a body of water in Vernet, south of the hamlet. Divers inspected it, without results, Franceinfo recalls. The concrete slabs of a chalet located in the village on the heights of the hamlet, have also been inspected by the gendarmerie, but these checks yield nothing either. Finally, in mid-October, the farm of a young farmer from Haut-Vernet was searched, with the help of drones and tracking dogs. The operation came to light, there and then. again, unsuccessful. 

The former director of the criminal research institute of the national gendarmerie (IRCGN) François Daoust affirms that the fact of not having found that Emile's skull would lead to "much longer and more complex research". An inventory group (GEL) responsible for research on the topography of the places and anthropologists are dispatched to the site this Monday, April 1st. Many gray areas are still to be resolved. raise, particularly with regard to the causes of little Emile's death which, for the moment, remain unknown. The investigation is continuing and will last as long as necessary, he said. Colonel Pierre-Yves Bardy. "There are no time limits on investigations. As long as investigators need to work in a secure environment, the area will be off-limits, he said. 

Investigation for kidnapping

On vacation at the secondary residence of his maternal grandparents, the boy had been taken into custody. He was last seen by two neighbors on July 8, late in the afternoon, while he was looking at the house. wandered alone in the streets of the small hamlet of Vernet populated by of only 25 inhabitants.

The investigation, first opened for "worrying disappearance", had been é entrusted to the investigating judges of Aix-en-Provence then reclassified as criminal grounds for "kidnapping and sequestration&quot ;, recalls the French daily newspaper. 

While the numerous researches had not until'à Although it was not possible to find Emile's body, Thursday March 28, investigators had organized a search. a "scenario" having brought together 17 people — family members, neighbors and witnesses — to retrace chronologically the evening of July 8. 

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