A 15-year-old teenager, missing since the discovery of two charred bodies bearing traces of bullet wounds in a burned house in Isère, was arrested on Saturday and placed in police custody, announced the Grenoble prosecutor’s office.
A 15-year-old teenager, missing since the discovery of two charred bodies bearing traces of bullet wounds in a burned house in Isère, was arrested on Saturday and placed in police custody, announced the Grenoble prosecutor’s office. The young man “was arrested today (Saturday) at the end of the morning in Montpellier and placed in police custody”, indicates prosecutor Eric Vaillant in a brief press release. Valentin had been actively sought for six days after the discovery of the two bodies, “presumably those of the parents”, in the family home in the village of Chateauvilain, between Lyon and Grenoble. The gendarmes issued a call for witnesses on Thursday evening to locate the teenager.
It was the gendarmes from the research section and the Montpellier Observation and Surveillance Group (GOS) who arrested the minor, specifies Eric Vaillant. “Concerning an investigation and a minor involved, it will not be possible to provide further information before the investigating judge decides on the action to be taken at the end of police custody,” adds the prosecutor.
A fire ravaged a barn and the family’s adjoining house in Chateauvilain during the night from Sunday to Monday and two “almost completely charred” bodies were found, according to investigators. They had “firearm wounds to the skull” and to the thorax for one of the two.
The family unit was made up of four people: in addition to the missing teenager, the father, a 58-year-old engineer, the 52-year-old mother who worked from home and the 17-year-old eldest son, who had left home the day before “to return to his place of study. The latter is “today safe, as are his two adult half-sisters who no longer live in the region”, according to the prosecution. A judicial investigation into murder and destruction by fire was opened on Friday. The vehicle usually used by the father to get to work, a Citroën Picasso, was found empty in the Drôme, according to the prosecution.