Investigation continues into massacre of British family on French Alps holiday
Last Wednesday, French police launched an investigation into the massacre of a British family who was on holiday in the French Alps. A man and two women - reported as parents and a grandmother - were found killed in a British-registered BMW estate car. The father and grandmother were shot in the head with a semi-automatic pistol, and police weren’t sure at the time about how the mother was killed. A male cyclist was found near the vehicle, having been shot in the head as well. Police speculate that the attack was done by a highly-trained contract killer, as the same gun was used on all the victims.
Also close to the vehicle, a 7-year-old girl (Zainab al-Hilli) was found severely beaten in the head and shot in the shoulder. After investigating the scene for about eight hours, the girl’s 4-year-old sister was discovered hiding among the female bodies in the back of the BMW. Investigators were never given a reason to search for a survivor until campers where the family had been staying notified them that there were two girls.
As of Thursday, doctors said that Zainab was in stable condition and out of danger after they put her in an artificial coma to help her recover from her injuries. However, now she has been taken out of the coma and, after regaining consciousness, she has been able to talk to French officers. She is considered a key witness, and although she hasn’t been able to shed much light on who killed her family, police believe she can provide very important details to piece the events together. A source said the initial discussion wasn’t allowed to go into detail, as the child was very tired.
Meanwhile, Surrey Police have turned their focus to the family’s home. Officers identified items of concern and called for a bomb disposal squad, while properties nearby were evacuated. The items were later said not to be hazardous. On Monday evening, police were using power tools in an attempt to open a safe.