Police in Italy, Switzerland and France were searching yesterday for six-year-old twin girls who disappeared after their father committed suicide.
The body of Matthias Kaspar Schepp (43), a Canadian-born resident of Switzerland, was found beside a railway station near the southern Italian port city Bari on Thursday, according to Swiss police.
Police believe Mr Schepp, who was separated from his wife, threw himself under a train. Police are searching for the twin girls, Alessia and Livia, who lived in Lausanne with their mother, Irina Lucidi (44).
According to Italian news reports, Mr Schepp picked up his daughters from their mother's home on January 28 for the weekend. Swiss police say Mr Schepp, rather than returning the girls, took them when he left his home in St Sulpice, a suburb of Lausanne, on January 30.
Both girls were described as wearing glasses and blue jeans, with Alessia bundled in a white jacket and Livia dressed in a purple ski jacket.
After leaving Lausanne, Mr Schepp turned up in Marseille and Toulon, France, before showing up in Italy, Italian police said.
A Facebook page set up to find the girls invites people with information to make contact. Mr Schepp sent his wife a postcard from Marseille saying he could not live without the girls.