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© Fred Tanneua, AFP | The police station in Brest in western France.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-03-06

The former brother-in-law of Pascal Troadec has confessed to killing him, his wife and their two children, all of whom had been missing since February 16, sources close to the investigation said Monday.

The former brother-in-law, named as Hubert C., and Troadec's sister were both placed in police custody after the confession. The two were detained in the Brittany city of Brest, the region the Troadecs came from and where several items belonging to members of the family have been found.

The motive for the killings was a dispute over inheriting gold bars, a source said.

The couple were questioned by police at the beginning of the inquiry into the mysterious disappearance of the Troadec family, when they told investigators that they were no longer in touch with the Troadecs after a falling out over the inheritance.

Pascal Troadec and his wife Brigitte, both 49; their son Sebastien, 21; and their daughter Charlotte, 18, went missing on February 16. In searches of the family home in a suburb of Nantes, police discovered Sebastien's cellphone and his mother's watch, covered in blood.

Traces of blood from Sebastien and the parents, but not from Charlotte, were found throughout the house, as well as signs of attempts to clean it up.

Investigators later found Sebastien's Peugeot car in the northwestern port of Saint Nazaire, a day after a jogger discovered items belonging to his sister Charlotte in a forested area three hours from where she was last seen.

Police said in a bulletin dated February 24 that Sebastien was at first suspected of "putting in place a macabre plan aimed at snuffing out the members of his family and maybe himself". Neighbours and a source close to the probe said Sebastien had had psychological problems and that Pascal, who worked for a company that makes shop signs, had suffered from depression in the past. Sebastien was sentenced to community service when he was still a minor in 2013 for making death threats on his blog.

But classmates of Sebastien's interviewed by French media described a quiet, friendly youth, with one saying he was "always ready to help out".

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2017-03-06


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