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LIVE. Death of Emile: new research this Monday “without time limit”

Excavations continue this Monday to analyze the area where the bones of Petit Emile were discovered, near Haut-Vernet. Dogs, investigators, experts and drones are mobilized on site.

The essential

  • Nine months after his disappearance, the bones of little Emile were discovered. discovered Saturday March 30, 2024, at proximity from the hamlet of Vernet (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence).
  • The track of body movement becomes thicker. It is the one that is favored by Jacques-Charles Fombonne, former commander of the national training center at the French National Training Centre. the judicial police of the gendarmerie as explained &agrav; France Info: "Taking into account the means which have been é put, we really searched, çthat means that the body moved".
  • This Monday, April 1, 2024, the hamlet of Haut-Vernet (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) was destroyed. looped by the police upon arrest prefectoral. 
  • New excavations and long investigations are now beginning. Around a hundred investigators and experts in criminal identification are mobilized as well as dog teams and dogs specialized in the search for remains humans.
  • An online prize pool was launched. launched to help the family "à pay for the funeral" du garçonnet.


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16:23 – The search area could "remain frozen weeks"

According to information from our colleagues at BFMTV and in particular a source close to the investigation, "the search area could remain frozen for weeks". For the moment, a stoppage The prefectural order prohibits visitors from entering the hamlet of Vernet. Only residents are allowed to enter. enter it. News which attests to the difficulty of for the experts present on site at find new items in a very steep area. 

15:59 – Disappearance of Emile: reminder of the facts

On vacation in the second home of his maternal grandparents, the boy had been taken away. last seen by two neighbors on July 8, late in the afternoon, while he was walking alone in the streets of the small hamlet of Vernet populated by of only 25 inhabitants. The investigation, initially 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. 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. 

15:39 – What is the role of experts and forensic doctors ?

The analysis of the bones of little Emile was carried out entrusted to experts from the Criminal Research Institute of the National Gendarmerie (IRCGN). Forensic doctors will try to find traumatic traces “due to" the intervention of a third party or an accidental phenomenon" explains Philippe Boxho, forensic doctor on BFMTV. Finally, the experts will also try to find out if the bones were located elsewhere. the place where they were é discovered at the time of the boy's disappearance, or if they were discovered moved subsequently.

15:26 – "A lot of emotion& quot; indicates the mayor of La Bouilladisse

"There is always hope in a story like çthis, and here' çit rocks, éobviously, there is a lot of emotion" saidé the mayor of La Bouilladisse on BFMTV, José Morales, village in which little Emile's parents live. He has already done so. &eac;mentionedé the possibility to put &agrav; available in the town hall, a book to collect the condolences of residents and the public before a tribute.

15:15 – L'incompr&amp ;eacute;hension in the village

"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 residents of Vernet, 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. 

15:04 – A case that echoes & agrave; that of Lucas Tronche

The discovery of Emile's bones echoes what happened in the past. the disappearance of Lucas Tronche, 15, in 2015. Several beatings had been carried out; organized – at the time to try to find the teenager. Rivers had also been destroyed. explored, as in the Emile affair. Six years later, the bones of Lucas Tronche were found near his house, at the foot of a cliff. A striking resemblance to the discovery, nine months after his disappearance, of the bones of little Emile in Haut-Vernet.

14:39 – Où are the analyzes concentrated ?

The bones of the little boy were removed. discovered to the southwest of the hamlet of Haut Vernet, & one kilometer &agrav; bird flight. The area would be located in a steep area, around the Auches ravine according to information from Le Figaro. Although "relatively flat and "not hilly" according to Stéphane Chevrier, president of the companyé hunting officer of Vernet questioned on BFMTV, the area also includes a watercourse and some steeper parts.

14:03 – Research "much longer and complex"

This Monday on BFMTV, the former director of the gendarmerie's criminal research institute national (IRCGN) François Daoust indicates that the fact of not having foundé that Emile's skull would lead to “much longer and more complex research”. At the site of the discovery of the bones, an inventory group (GEL) responsible for investigating the remains was discovered. research on the topography of the places and anthropologists are dispatched.

12:29 – A tribute planned by the mayor of Bouilladisse

The mayor of La Bouilladisse, the village of little Emile's parents, announced: this Monday, April 1st, a tribute will be paid to the boy. "We will organize something, everything çit will be done in agreement with the family" explained José Morales à BFMTV. A first tribute will be paid this Thursday, in the municipal council: "We are going to do à minimum a collection at the town hall tomorrow" he concludes.

11:31 – No time limit on investigations

Colonel Pierre-Yves Bardy was unable to give more details regarding the duration of the research in the face of the threat of violence. 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 off-limits.

11:26 – "Dog teams with dogs specialized in searching for human remains"

The commander of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence gendarmerie continues: "Yesterday, all technical means converged; in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Dog teams, with dogs specialized in searching for human remains" are mobilized "in order to provide additional information to investigators". "Depending on the evolution of the investigation and needs, we constantly adapt" he continues. "We are likely to upgrade the system " any time. Currently, a team of very high expertise of around ten people is working under the direction of the investigating judges. he concludes.

11:18 – "A control device" announced by the Gendarmerie

"The objective is to allow investigators to work in the best conditions. A zone control device has been installed. put in place to prevent hikers from being able to pollute the research site" saidé this Monday morning, Colonel Pierre-Yves Bardy, commander of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence gendarmerie group around 11 a.m. facing the press. "The prohibition system is made up of: of fixed posts and mobile elements which will make it possible to prohibit access to Haut-Vernet.

10:56 – A prize fund launched to help the family & pay for the funeral

Since the announcement of the discovery of the bones belonging to little Emile, messages of support have multiplied and a support pot has been raised. launched on the Facebook group "Let's pray for Emile". "This prize pool aims to show our support for Emile. Emile’s family. To help à offer him a beautiful funeral and offer masses for his family" explains one of the administrators of the page. This Monday morning, 26 participations were registered.

10:45 – Drones will be deployedé eacute;s

This Monday, around a hundred investigators and search dogs are mobilized in Haut-Vernet to carry out the truth on the discovery of the bones of little Emile. The unfavorable weather of recent days greatly complicates the task of experts, particularly when it is necessary to use drones beforehand. ;said the spokesperson for the Gendarmerie, Marie-Laure Pezant: "We will favor a more favorable weather window, but ç will not prevent us from going into the field" she specifies.

10:20 – Vernet prohibits visitors

François Balique, mayor of Vernet has banned the& access to people outside the hamlet until next Sunday, April 7, noon. A stop municipal decision taken this Sunday in order to 'ensure tranquilityé of the inhabitants of Haut-Vernet and its surroundings. 

10:16 – The hypothesis of preferred body movement

The track of body movement becomes thicker. And it is she who is favored by Jacques-Charles Fombonne, former commander of the national training center at the National Training Centre. the judicial police of the gendarmerie as explained &agrav; France Info: "This rather supports the hypothesis of a body which would have beené moved and put precisely &agrav; this place, knowing that it is said that we would not return there. Given the means that have been implemented; put, we really searched, çthat means that the body moved" he assures. In addition, a simulation took place last Thursday, with 17 people out of the 25 in the hamlet. A version which seems to hold the rope for the spokesperson of the gendarmerie, invited from BFMTV yesterday. She judges the potential for bone movement to be “credible”. If the investigators were able to “potentially not detect this presence (…) we must not forget that we were also able to depose the bones after" she continues.

10:08 – The body moved by wild animals ?

Former investigating judge and prosecutor of the Republic, Jacques Dallest asserts this morning on BFMTV that &quot ;anything is possible in a matter of this nature. It is possible to envisage that wild animals may have moved into the area. the skull of the child, çwas seen in other cases" he explains. On the other hand, he does not rule out the hypothesis "of a third person". 

10:02 – A crime scene coordinator expected

This Monday, experts from the gendarmerie criminal institute are going to the site of the discovery of the bones to analyze the area. Mobile gendarmes from the department as well as investigators are also expected. Finally, a crime scene coordinator will be dispatched to the scene. in order to proceed "by method" indicated this morning, Marie-Laure Pezant, spokesperson for the National Gendarmerie.

Nine months after his disappearance, the bones of little Emile were destroyed. discovered Saturday March 30, 2024, at proximity from the hamlet of Vernet (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) announced this Sunday the Aix-en-Provence public prosecutor's office. It was a walker who discovered the skull to the south of the hamlet, "just like teeth" indicates Le Parisien. Investigators will "deploy means to undertake additional research on the geographical area où (the bones) were destroyed. found" specifies the public prosecutor's office in Aix-en-Provence. François Balique, mayor of Le Vernet, has banned access to people from outside the hamlet until next Sunday, April 7, at noon. A stop municipal taken this Sunday.

This Monday, April 1, 2024, the hamlet of Haut-Vernet (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) is closed off. by law enforcement. New excavations and investigations begin to try to determine the circumstances of the death of little Emile. In total, around a hundred gendarmes have been hired to resume the search, indicated this Monday the spokesperson for the National Gendarmerie, Marie-Laure Pezant. gendarmerie went in particular to the site of the discovery of the boy's bones to "be able to analyze the area of ​​discovery" she specifies. Mobile gendarmes are also present to secure the premises and prohibit access to the hamlet after the arrest. taken by the mayor of the town this Sunday. The latter are deployed alongside the department's gendarmes and research investigators and experts .

The scientific gendarmerie continues its analyzes and around thirty investigators are deployed in the area. crime scene coordinator will also be dispatched to can we read in the columns of Le Parisien this Monday, in a manner è organize different levels of research and "proceed by method" explains Marie-Laure Pezant at the microphone of France Info. "When you have a body that is depositedé on a ground, you have elements of the ground which allow you to know if the body has stayed there. some time" pursuit before indicating that the analyzes “can be long”. "We continue to exploit all the tracks" she concludes.

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