Lake sealed off near scene where Brit family were killed in unsolved gun attack – World News

French researchers are conducting post-development research on the Alpine road. Today, magistrates accompanied by forensic police officers cordoned off the area near Lake Annecy.

Iqbal Al-Hilli, right, pictured with her husband Saad and one of their daughters.

A lake near the site where a British family was killed in an unsolved gun attack nine years ago has been sealed off.

French researchers are conducting post-development research on the Alpine road.

Today, magistrates accompanied by forensic police officers cordoned off the area near Lake Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region of France.

The British family was murdered on September 5, 2012, and despite extensive investigations over the years, the individual or gang responsible has not been caught.

Surrey engineer Saad al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, and their mother-in-law Suhaila al-Allaf, 74, were on a family vacation when they were shot while trying to escape the area in their BMW car. .



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The al-Hillis’ daughters, 4-year-old Zeena, hid in the footwell of the vehicle and were unharmed, while their sister, 7-year-old Zainab, was shot and beaten but recovered well.

French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, 45, also died in the bloodbath, after being shot at point-blank range seven times.

But Line Bonnet-Mathis, who has just been appointed Annecy prosecutor, confirmed that the investigation was still very active.



Saad al-Hilli was killed near Lake Annecy




Referring to the village closest to the crime scene, he said: “The Chevaline case continues and still involves an investigating judge and investigators.”

Bonnet-Mathis said that “preservation of physical evidence” was a priority and “for us, this is not a cold case.”

He confirmed that forensic officers from the Chambery Gendarmerie investigation section had returned to the scene.



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They were accompanied by local magistrates who had obtained an order to close the road for two 24-hour periods, from Wednesday to Friday night.

Their work was being carried out under conditions of strict secrecy, with all traffic, including planes flying overhead, prohibited by court order.



Flowers left at the scene of the shooting nine years ago.
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Another investigating source said: “It is an opportunity for the new legal team to examine elements of the case, including inconsistencies in the witnesses’ wills.”

When asked if a rebuild was taking place, the source said: “Not technically, it’s more of an opportunity for the team to get familiar with the scene.”

Earlier this year, detectives said they were investigating a possible link between the murders and a clumsy gang of Paris-based hit men.



An area near Lake Annecy in France has been sealed off
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The pistol shots found in the home of a member, a former police intelligence officer, were of the same caliber as those fired by the former Luger PO6 used to kill the Al-Hillis.

If the gang was involved, Mollier would be more likely the primary target, investigators believe.

He was a welder at a subsidiary of nuclear power group Areva, but stresses in his personal life are more likely to have provided a reason for him to be the target, they said.







Bewildered French researchers have considered many other possible reasons for the attacks.

These range from Al-Hilli’s past life in Iraq, including possible financial ties to the late dictator Saddam Hussein, to claims that a “lone wolf” psychopath was responsible for a random attack.

But none of the numerous theories surrounding the so-called Alpine murders have stood, meaning there have been no criminal charges.


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