A six-year-old was found dead Sunday in a hotel room in Friville-Escarbotin (Somme), two hours after the gendarmes discovered the body of his father hanging a few kilometers.
The disappearance of the child and his father, from Meurthe-et-Moselle, had been reported to the gendarmerie of Nancy Saturday around 19h, several relatives "having jointly received disturbing messages from the father", including evoking "suicidal ideation" ", did he declare. The research begun in Nancy had continued rapidly in the Somme "because elements – such as telephone lines – indicated that they were there". Sunday morning around 8:30, the body of the father was finally "found hanging from an electric pylon, along a small country road, Yzengremer" near the Treport, detailed the prosecutor.
Investigations gendarmes have "allowed to locate the hotel in which they had a priori spent the evening, and the child was found dead in his room, around 10:45," he continued. According to the findings of the medical examiner, the death of the child "would have occurred no later than late evening Saturday, and probably early evening." The little boy did not "show signs of physical violence". But the gendarmes found close to the body "drugs including sleeping pills in large quantities", as well as a "device of gas cylinders – containing helium – connected to a diving mask, which may have been used to provoke a asphyxiation, "said Bosschere. An autopsy will determine precisely the causes of death.
"Words" written by the father were also found in the room and the car left to Yzengremer, "hinting that he committed this crime" according to the prosecution. The father and mother of the child were separated. "According to the first elements of the investigation, the father did not abduct the child, who was supposed to be with him this weekend," added the prosecutor. The investigation, entrusted to the research section of the gendarmerie of Amiens and the research brigade of Abbeville, must now "determine the precise circumstances" of the tragedy.
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