Thirty-five years after the disappearance of Françoise Hohmann, the case has been revived by the courts, which have carried out new excavations. The reason ? Jean-Marc Reiser, main suspect who had however been acquitted in 2001, for lack of evidence.
Rebound in the case of Francoise Hohmann. In 1987, this VRP disappeared at the age of 23 in Strasbourg after a demonstration at Jean-Marc Reiser. The man will be his last client. In 2001, justice acquits Jean-Mars Reiser, for lack of evidence. But in 2018, the name of the repeat offender made headlines again during the disappearance of Sophie Le Tan. The 20-year-old girl no longer gives any sign of life. In 2019, the student’s body was found dismembered in a forest.
This case revived the case of the disappearance of Francoise Hohmann. RTL revealed on Monday that the Strasbourg PJ and the OCRVP (Central Office for the Suppression of Violence against Persons) began this morning new excavations in this investigation for kidnapping and concealment of a corpse. A rebound since 2001: that year, Jean-Marc Reiser had been acquitted by the Bas-Rhin Assize Court. Certain “similarities” with the murder of Sophie Le Tan were spotted by the lawyer for the relatives of Francoise Hohmann.
New hope for the Hohmann and Le Tan families
Last February, two judicial inquiries for arbitrary confinement and concealment of a corpse had been opened – two investigations “on new charges” indicated the public prosecutor in his press release. However, it is not possible to reconsider the acquittal on the count of intentional homicide of Jean-Marc Reiser.
The reopening of this case delights the family of Francoise Hohmann. “We are a little relieved, we say to ourselves is it possible, it is also the fear of being disappointed, it is a mixture in fact, with still hope, we just want to be actually believed, confides to France 3 his sister, Isabelle Hohmann. We want to know things, 30 years later, we too want to have justice, we want a trial that is fair.
“I am infinitely happy, but it’s only a battle to win, it’s not yet war and I would naturally like the investigations to come to lead to something concrete, so that we finally know who killed, made disappear, hurt the unfortunate Françoise Hohmann, that’s my goal”reacted the lawyer of the Hohmann family, Master Moser.
Jean-Marc Reiser denies en bloc
About the case Sophie Le Tanof the traces of blood and DNA of the student were found at Jean-Marc Reiser’s home on the ceiling and walls of his bathroom, as well as on a saw belonging to him even if he has always denied the facts of which he is accused.