The suspect in the murder of two teachers in the Hautes-Pyrénées is still at large, three days after the events, and the search is focused on an area straddling France and Spain, explained the public prosecutor of Tarbes , Wednesday during a press conference.
Prosecutor Pierre Aurignac confirmed that searches were underway in Jaca, a small Spanish town located about 200 km from the scene of the crime, "but also in the Hautes-Pyrénées and in the neighboring departments" where around a hundred gendarmes are deployed. .
The suspect's motorcycle was found in this city located in Aragon where an important search device has been in place since Tuesday morning.
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Monday evening, Aurélie and Gabriel, respectively 32 and 55 years old and both teachers in a college in the city of Tarbes, were shot dead in the village of Pouyastruc by a suspect who "fleed", according to the prosecutor.
“We are actively looking for the husband (of the deceased woman, editor’s note), who has not reappeared since”, he underlined, specifying that this worker from a factory in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques manufacturing helicopter engines and the victim were going through a divorce.
“There were exchanges at one point” with the suspect, explained the prosecutor, adding that the contact was then broken, without having made it possible to locate this “former reservist, sports shooter”.
A number of weapons were discovered at his home,” he said, adding that the suspect had a clean criminal record.
The 32-year-old woman was found late Monday afternoon lying in a street in Pouyastruc by neighbors who alerted the gendarmes.
Arrived on the spot, they also discovered a 55-year-old man, who died in his house, a few meters away, according to the prosecutor.
The two victims had "come closer emotionally in recent weeks during a school trip," said Pierre Aurignac.
"Everything suggests that this drama is linked to this context of separation," he said.