a cemetery in the Var excavated in search of his body

Graves in a cemetery in the Var were excavated by investigators, who thought they might find the body of the man suspected of having killed his family in 2011 in Nantes.

A new lead, a new false lead. Police officers from the Central Office for the Repression of Violence against Persons (OCRVP) carried out an operation on the night of Monday to Tuesday, in order to verify a lead concerning the disappearance of Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès, according to information from the Parisian, confirmed by BFMTV.

They searched a cemetery in the town of Grimaud (Var), in order to verify whether the man, suspected of having killed his wife and four children in 2011, had been able to kill himself in one of the burial vaults.

Forty tombs explored

Forty graves have been explored, according to a police source at BFMTV. Not all have been opened, but at least probed, this means that the police have introduced a probe with a small camera into the graves. According to the Ile-de-France daily, it is in particular the open and chipped graves that have been excavated.

In addition to the discovery of a body, police were also looking for a 22 Long Rifle rifle, with which his family members were killed.

This research has once again given nothing, according to our information.

Why search this cemetery?

If the investigators were interested in this cemetery, it is because Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès had family ties in this town, and that it is not far from the place where he was seen for the last time. On April 15, 2011, the man was seen by a witness in Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Var), walking away with a bag on his back.

The Parisian also points out that the father of Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès once owned a mill in Port-Grimaud, 5 km away, where the family spent the summer holidays, one of his aunts also had a house nearby. In addition, Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès would have been seen several times strolling in the cemetery of Grimaud, before his disappearance.

Since 2011, many leads have been studied by investigators to find Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès, whom we still do not know if he is dead or alive. Lately, the abbey of Saint-Michel-en-Brenne, in the Indre, had been visited by investigators, after the report of a person believing to have seen him in this religious building housing Carmelite sisters. Here again, a track that did not give anything.

Salome Vincendon BFMTV reporter

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