Family lawyers present at the excavations in the Ardennes

Lawyers for the civil party arrived this Monday afternoon in Issancourt-et-Rumel (Ardennes) for a new week of excavations to search for the body of Estelle Mouzin, alleged victim in 2003 of serial killer Michel Fourniret.

These excavations, the seventh in the Ardennes since June 2020 – the scene of a good part of Michel Fourniret’s criminal journey – must last a week and be done partly in the presence of Monique Olivier, the ex-wife of the killer who died in May . According to the mayor of the small town, Ghislain Debaiffe, “the deforested plot” to allow these excavations “is about four hectares” and adjoins a plot already excavated.

Exploration of the woods

Around 11 a.m., a van from the criminal identification gendarmerie arrived on the spot then, around 3 p.m., the lawyers for the family of Estelle Mouzin, Didier Seban and Corinne Herrmann. A backhoe was also installed in the deforested plot.

The communal wood of Issancourt-et-Rumel has already been explored, in particular in June and April by the investigators and the examining magistrate Sabine Kheris, from “indications” delivered by Monique Olivier. Searches have so far been unsuccessful.

Recognition of the facts

On April 1, Monique Olivier had for the first time recognized a role in the sequestration of Estelle, kidnapped at the age of 9, on January 9, 2003 in Guermantes (Seine-et-Marne). She had specified that she had accompanied Michel Fourniret to the edge of the Issancourt-et-Rumel wood to let him go and bury the girl’s body.

The village of Issancourt-et-Rumel is located some 4 km from Ville-sur-Lumes, where, still according to Monique Olivier, Michel Fourniret kidnapped, raped and killed Estelle, in a house belonging to her sister. Estelle Mouzin’s partial DNA was found in two places on a mattress seized in 2003 from this house.

Sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of seven young women or teenage girls between 1987 and 2001, Michel Fourniret ended up confessing in March 2020 his responsibility for the disappearance of Estelle Mouzin. He died at 79 in Paris on May 10.

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