French Alps Investigation Relies On 7-Year-Old Survivor
After a gruesome murder of a British family in the French Alps on Wednesday evening, investigators are hoping to seek answers from one of the victims, a seven-year-old girl who is currently in a medically-induced coma after being shot and beaten.
"She is a key witness," Prosecutor Eric Maillaud said to ABC News. "We hope that she will be able to tell us what she went through, provide us with descriptions of the murderer or murderers."
Reuters reported that Maillaud identified the victims as:
- Saad al-Hilli, an Iraqi-born Briton. He said Hilli's four-year-old daughter - who hid for eight hours with the bodies in the car, too scared to move - had confirmed she had been with her parents and sister when the attack took place.
- "She said, 'It's my father', she gave his first name, 'It's my mother', she gave her first name, 'It's my sister'," Maillaud told a news conference in the town of Annecy, near Chevaline. The older girl was badly beaten in the attack.
A French cyclist, Sylvain Mollier, was also found shot dead near the scene.
Maillaud also said that there was a currently an investigation over whether Hilli had been feuding with his brother over a money dispute but that it was "an interesting line of investigation, but one among many."
"Just because there is a dispute between two brothers doesn't make him the No. 1 suspect," said Maillaud, adding: "No lead, no information is considered far-fetched."
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