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Confusion in Scotland: Arrested is not the sought after family murderer


The joy of the French police was brief: the man arrested in Scotland as a fivefold murderer is the wrong one. Xavier D. remains missing - for eight years now.

In search of a suspected French family murderer, the police in Scotland have arrested the wrong man. French investigators said on Saturday that the man shot in Glasgow was not Xavier D., who had been looking for more than eight years - this had come out in a DNA comparison.

Xavier D. is said to have murdered his wife and children in April 2011. The bodies of his then 48-year-old wife Agnès and four children aged 13 to 21 years had gunshot wounds and were found under the patio on the family's property. Since then D. has disappeared and is sought by the authorities worldwide.

Police in France had initially reported the sensational capture of the alleged murderer in Scotland. He was therefore arrested from Paris arriving at Glasgow airport, after the investigators had received an anonymous tip. His fingerprints, according to initial reports, were consistent with those of the family father he was looking for.

After that, however, doubts soon arose as to the identity of the person arrested in Glasgow. French investigators traveled to Scotland on Saturday to check on the identity of the man, as the competent prosecutor in Nantes in western France announced - with the result that the search for Xavier D. now has to go on.

Source: spiegel

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