French police investigate murder suspect as possible Alps serial killer

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French police have begun reopening unsolved cases of murders and disappearances in and around the French Alps after the arrest of 34-year-old former army doghandler over the disappearance in the region of a girl aged 9 has now led to the discovery of evidence suggesting his involvment in the nearby murder of a soldier.

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French investigators have linked a man suspected of murdering a nine-year-old girl in Savoie with the unsolved killing of a soldier and are asking if he was behind other mystery deaths in the Alpine region, a prosecutor said, reports Geo News.

In late November, a judge placed Nordahl Lelandais, himself an ex-soldier and in custody since September, under formal investigation for the suspected kidnapping and murder of Maelys de Araujo. She was last seen at a family wedding in Chambery in late August.

On Wednesday, Chambery Prosecutor Thierry Dran said 34-year-old Lelandais was now also under investigation for the killing of Arthur Noyer, 23, whose skull was found by a walker in September, after cell phone data put both men in the area where Noyer disappeared.

“We are going to look at all the disturbing disappearances which have taken place in this region,” Dran told a news conference, without detailing which other cases would be re-examined.

Dran said that data trawls revealed that, after Noyer disappeared, Lelandais ran online searches using the keywords “human body decomposition”.

Lelandais, whose home is 30 kilometres (20 miles) from Chambery, admitted being in the area where Noyer went missing, but denied any involvement in his killing, the prosecutor said.

Read more of this Reuters report published by Geo News.

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