Death of Emile Soleil: clothes, bites... The prosecutor brings new elements

During a press conference organized this Tuesday, the public prosecutor of Aix-en-Provence gave new information concerning the death of little Emile and the bones found.

Death of Emile Soleil: clothes, bites... The prosecutor brings new elements

During a press conference organized this Tuesday, the public prosecutor of Aix-en-Provence gave new information concerning the death of little Emile and the bones found.

This Tuesday, April 2, the public prosecutor of Aix-en-Provence, Jean-Luc Blachon held a press conference to give details on the progress of the investigation and the clues discovered during the last 72 hours, since the discovery of the bones of little Emile.

"About 150 meters from the site of the discovery of the skull, some clothes that Emile was wearing on the day of his disappearance were discovered yesterday (Monday), below the path: a t-shirt, his shoes, and panties. None. other effect, no other bones were found. The clothes were sent to the IRCGN for analyses. We do not have partial results of the analyses,” indicated the public prosecutor.

"The first analyzes of the skull revealed small cracks and small post-mortem fractures. No ante-mortem trauma was observed. The skull shows traces of bites probably caused by animals. A maxilla is missing. The The appearance of the bones and deposits allows us to affirm that they were not buried, but exposed for a long time to the elements. Analyzes are continuing to determine if they could have encountered different biotopes. Its bones alone do not allow us to say what is the cause of the death of Emile Soleil" continues Jean-Luc Blachon.

"The investigation will continue with the same intensity. The searches are not finished. They will probably continue tomorrow. Between the child's fall, manslaughter and murder, we still cannot favor a hypothesis. I don't know it's not satisfactory," he concludes. The bones were discovered on March 30, 2024 between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on a path that a walker remembered having taken a month before. She was able to precisely indicate its location to investigators: the skull was lying on the ground. “In summer, this is a very vegetated area” indicates the public prosecutor. A place that can be reached in about 25 minutes on foot from the bottom of the village.

Since Monday, the Gendarmerie has ensured that “the best experts” are working on the investigations. Anthropologists, drone pilots, 3D analysts... All means are put in place to try to advance the investigation. On Monday, around a hundred investigators and search dogs were already mobilized in Haut-Vernet to get to the bottom of the discovery of little Emile's bones. The unfavorable weather of recent days greatly complicates the task of experts, particularly when it is necessary to use drones, explains Gendarmerie spokesperson Marie-Laure Pezant: “We will favor a more favorable weather window, but "It won't stop us from going into the field," she explains.

Colonel Pierre-Yves Bardy was unable to give more details regarding the duration of the research to the press this Monday, April 1. "They will last as long as they are needed. There is no time limit on investigations. As long as investigators need to work in a secure environment, the area will be off-limits." This Monday on BFMTV, the former director of the criminal research institute of the national gendarmerie (IRCGN) François Daoust indicated that the fact of having only found Emile's skull would lead to "much longer and more complex research ".

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