Remains found of French girl Maelys who vanished at wedding

Postado Fevereiro 15, 2018

Chief suspect Nordahl Lelandais, a 34-year-old former soldier, guided investigators to the site in the hills after a trace of her blood was found in his vehicle.

French Gendarmes block the access to Saint-Franc, in the Eastern French region of Savoie on February 14, 2018, where a forest is being searched in relation with the August 2017 disappearance of eight-year-old girl Maelys de Araujo.

Nordahl Lelandais has admitted to the "accidental" killing of Maelys de Araujo (pictured) who disappeared from a wedding in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, south-eastern France.

Investigators at last found Maelys De Araujo's skull and some other remains on Wednesday in a snow-covered ravine six months after she went missing, according to Grenoble Prosecutor Jean-Yves Coquillat. (Picture: AFP/ Philippe Desmazes) Police were led to the remote site by chief suspect Nordahl Lelandais, who was arrested and charged after her disappearance but repeatedly had denied wrongdoing.

A former military dog trainer has confessed to "unintentionally" killing a 9-year-old girl whose disappearance from a wedding party in the Alps last year prompted nationwide concern and months of fruitless searching.

Araujo attended the wedding with her parents and older sister.

His change of heart was thought to come after a trace of Maelys's blood was found in the boot of his vehicle, according to a source who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity.

Lelandais told investigators that he killed her accidentally, hid the body near his house and then returned to the wedding party. He later dumped the child's body in the remote ravine.

His lawyer said Lelandais had let children at the wedding party look at dogs he had in his vehicle.

Maelys went missing at some point after 3am on 27 August.

However, the former soldier did not explain the circumstances that led to the girl's death, the prosecutor said.

A statement released by prosecutors in nearby Grenoble today said the suspect had been charged with the "arrest, kidnapping, abduction, and arbitrary detention of a minor under fifteen years old".

Afterward, the prosecutor said, Lelandais apologised to the girl and her parents.

The suspect's lawyer Alain Jakubowicz said that "lying is not a crime under French law".