His reflex was salutary. The passenger on a train between Dunkirk and Arras recognized Malek and his father, Jamel, whose portraits had been released as part of the kidnapping alert triggered Wednesday. Informed by this alert, this user reported their presence on board the train, said the prosecutor of the republic Sébastien Piève, this Friday at a press conference, quoted by France Bleu.
A decisive testimony according to the prosecutor, who hailed the success of the abduction alert system, lifted Thursday morning before the child was found. A total of 300 calls were received and 72 calls were verified.
The 8-year-old girl, reported missing in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, was found safe and sound Thursday in Italy. Her father is suspected of having abducted her from their home in Dunkirk on Wednesday night.
Died "by strangulation"
The 40-year-old man is also suspected of the murder of his 29-year-old girlfriend, whose body was found in Dunkirk on Wednesday night. "Multiple bruises" were found on his body by the medical examiner. His death is due to asphyxiation "by strangulation", said the public prosecutor quoted by BFM Grand Littoral.
An investigation into intentional homicide by spouse and kidnapping of a minor had been opened by the Dunkirk prosecutor's office.
According to a source close to the investigation cited by AFP, three other children had been found from home. They are seven years old, two and a half years and seven months old. They were handed over to child protection services, the prosecutor said. Little Malek has been entrusted to the Italian social services pending her return in France.