Wednesday 24 January 2018

Letter from grave says missing twins 'did not suffer'

John Heilprin in Lausanne

A letter sent to their mother brought out the worst fears in the search for the Swiss twins, who went missing almost two weeks ago.

"They are resting in peace, they didn't suffer," their 43-year-old father wrote, shortly before throwing himself in front of a train.

Swiss police say the search for six-year-olds Alessia and Livia would continue until their fate is known, even as evidence mounts that they won't be found alive.

His letter did not say when or where he killed his children.

"Today we are always searching for Alessia and Livia," Jean-Christophe Sauterel, spokesman for the Vaud cantonal police, said last night. "It's just what the father said . . . we don't have proof."

The latest blow is the February 3 letter from Matthias Kaspar Schepp to his estranged wife Irina Lucidi (44). He wrote from Cerignola, Italy, that the girls were dead and he would now kill himself.

That same day a witness saw him throw himself in front of a moving train at 10.47pm by the Cerignola train station, Mr Sauterel added.

Police confirmed the letter's contents yesterday, three days after it arrived in the mail from Cerignola.

Ms Lucidi also received two despairing posts from her husband a week earlier that he had sent from Marseille and Toulon, France, saying he couldn't live without her, and a series of puzzling envel- opes containing thousands of euro.

Italian police found more envelopes containing euro that he tried to mail to his wife but put in unused mailboxes.

A day after she received his letter saying he had killed the girls, the mother still went before TV cameras to say there was new hope after police determined the girls were on the ferry to Corsica.

But her cousin, Roberto Mestichelli, said the family was devastated.

"There was never a thread of hope. There is no hope of finding the girls alive," Mr Mestichelli said.

Irish Independent

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