Thursday, September 6, 2012

Saad al Hilli Named as Mystery Surrounds Alps Shooting

Detectives are investigating after three people, who appeared to be British holidaymakers, were shot dead in a car in the French Alps. Here is what we know so far, and the questions police will attempt to answer.

What happened in the hours leading up to the attack?

The family were holidaying in an area called Saint Jorioz, and it is believed neighbours at the site alerted police when they appeared to be missing.

Police will interview these campers and caravanners in an attempt to get as much information as possible about what happened in the hours before the attack.

They will want to know what time the family left the site, what they did beforehand, what time they were expected back at the site, and who was in the car when they left.

Reports suggest the front passenger seat was empty when the car was discovered – police will attempt to establish whether the seat was empty for the duration of the journey.

CCTV in the area will be checked to find out where the car travelled to after leaving the site.

Establishing and tracing all people and vehicles close to the crime scene at the time of the attack will also be important, to collate eyewitness testimony.

Who was the cyclist and why was he shot?

A cyclist was found dead nearby. Police will attempt to establish where he was a travelling from and to, and whether he was shot before or after the victims in the car.

He is understood to be a factory worker from nearby Ugine, but his name and age has not been officially confirmed. Read More