Appeal to trace vehicle in Al-Hilli murders probe

April 30, 2013
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A POLICE appeal is being made to trace a 4×4 vehicle seen on the same road in the French Alps where members of a Claygate family were murdered last September.

Saad Al-Hilli, his wife Ikbal, her mother Suhaila al-Allaf and French cyclist Sylvain Mollier were found shot dead near Annecy in eastern France.

Now detectives from Surrey Police are asking for information from the UK public about a right-hand drive 4×4, possibly a grey, black or dark coloured BMW X5, that was being driven in the same location shortly before the bodies were discovered in a lay-by.

The vehicle was seen on the Combre d’Ire Road in Chevaline at around 3.20pm on Wednesday September 5 last year. The police appeal was broadcast on the BBC’s Crimewatch on Monday night.

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A Joint Investigation Team has seen the French authorities working closely with the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, and Temporary Detective Superintendent Nick May said: “I am appealing for anyone with a right hand drive 4×4, particularly a grey, black or dark coloured BMW X5, to cast their minds back to September last year.

“Were you on holiday in the French Alps at the time? Did you visit the Annecy area?

“I am particularly keen to speak to any owner of such a vehicle who visited the towns of Doussard or Chevaline on the afternoon of September 5 as they may be able to provide vital information to assist with this ongoing joint investigation.

“This location is very popular and there may have been a number of tourists staying in the local area or travelling through at that time of year.

“The timing of this sighting is clearly significant and it is important that we trace this vehicle, if only to eliminate it from our enquiries.

“This was a shocking crime and we remain committed to working with our colleagues in France to find whoever was responsible.”

Mr Al-Hilli, 50, and his 47-year-old wife lived in Oaken Lane, Claygate, with their two young daughters.

Zainab and her younger sister Zeena survived the massacre, although the older girl was left critically injured after being beaten and shot in the shoulder.

The three family members were shot dead in their BMW – with Zeena later discovered hiding inside the vehicle – while Mr Mollier’s body was found on the ground nearby.

Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 01483 630077, quoting Operation Walmer, or email OpWalmer@surrey.pnn.police.uk. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously and free of charge on 0800 555 111.

Anyone living in France who has information can contact the French Gendarmerie on freephone number 0800 002 950.

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/s/2133292_appeal_to_trace_vehicle_in_alhilli_murders_probe


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