The investigation into the particularly worrying disappearance of the young Sihem, 18, who has not been heard from for six days after leaving her grandmother's apartment in Salles-du-Gourdon in the Gard, seems to be progressing .
According to our information, a man in his forties was taken into custody on Tuesday by the gendarmes of the Nîmes research section.
It would be a relative of the victim, a search is underway at his home.
The investigators take this case very seriously, the preferred track being a kidnapping linked to individuals known to the justice system and qualified as dangerous.
The young high school student, a priori uneventful, left around 11:10 p.m., last Wednesday January 25, the social housing on the ground floor occupied by her grandmother Fatima, 95 years old.
At this time, the latter was already in bed.
“My mother heard her come home around 11 p.m., says Rabah, the father of the missing woman, then come out ten minutes later.
She heard the door close.
Fatima is really in her head.
My daughter did not take her identity papers or her purse.
Just his iPhone 13”, he told us on Monday, caught up in the tension of worry and heartbroken by this interminable wait.
Sihem's smartphone never answered multiple calls from her relatives and family.
It was the father who went to declare the disappearance of his only daughter, born in a family of four children, on Thursday January 26, around 1 p.m., at the police station in Alès.
The file was then sent to the Gard gendarmerie group, which began investigations for "disturbing disappearance".
“The evening of the disappearance, it was dark and very cold, -4°.
And there was no one in the streets, ”explains a neighbor.
“We hope for a happy ending”
This Sunday, the public prosecutor of Alès François Schneider opened a procedure for kidnapping and sequestration which allows in particular to deploy additional means of investigation.
“Obviously, the investigators have sufficient evidence to believe that Sihem did not disappear of her own free will.
(this Monday, January 30),
to my knowledge, there was still no police custody.
Each passing moment takes us a little further from the truth and this causes terrible suffering for parents and loved ones.
We hope to have a happy ending, ”said Me Sara Benlefki, of the Paris Bar, family lawyer.
Since Friday, the investigators had multiplied the hearings, including that of a relative of the girl and the family, but this young man was not heard under the regime of police custody.
On Sunday, throughout the afternoon, the investigators crisscrossed the streets of the deprived Habitarelle district in the icy wind, which adjoins the Salles du Gardon and La Grand-Combe, below the national road 106, to make door-to-door, a plan in hand.
And the other gendarmes of the SR of Nîmes undertook research in a very specific sector north of the mining town.
So far in vain