Paris: a dismembered corpse discovered in a suitcase, a caregiver suspected

During the night from Saturday to Sunday, May 12, 2024, a lifeless body was discovered in a recess of the Austerlitz Bridge in Paris.

Paris: a dismembered corpse discovered in a suitcase, a caregiver suspected

During the night from Saturday to Sunday, May 12, 2024, a lifeless body was discovered in a recess of the Austerlitz Bridge in Paris. The victim, quadriplegic, was found in a suitcase by firefighters.

A macabre discovery. On the night of Saturday May 11 to Sunday May 12, in Paris, firefighters discovered a body under the Austerlitz bridge, in the 12th arrondissement while they were responding to a simple trash fire. In detail, it was civil protection agents as well as firefighters who found him in a burned suitcase, according to information from Actu 17.

The police made the first observations on site. Around midnight, a trash fire was reported by civil protection agents. After controlling the fire, firefighters discovered the suitcase in question around two in the morning. After alerting the police, a security perimeter was set up. The DPJ (judicial police district) dispatched its investigators, as did those from the criminal brigade of the Paris judicial police and technicians from the scientific police. The findings took a long time.

In the suitcase, a dismembered corpse was found in the burnt trash can. According to information from Le Parisien, it was an "adult man" who was missing "upper and lower limbs. The body was complete, but in several pieces" indicates a source close to the file to the daily.

A man presented himself at the La Défense police station early in the morning, this Sunday, May 12. He is 35 years old and claims to be the perpetrator. It would be the victim's carer, according to information from Europe 1. He would have killed him three months ago. The criminal brigade of the Paris judicial police is responsible for the investigation which was opened for “murder”.

An autopsy took place this Sunday, May 12. Still according to information from Le Parisien, the Forensic Institute indicates that the victim was killed with his bare hands. Several lesions were noted. The pathologist reveals a second piece of information: the man found dead was quadriplegic. A version which would agree with the statements of the individual who presented himself at the La Défense police station on Sunday morning, declaring that he was the carer of the victim with whom he had a dispute.

From now on, criminal police investigators must analyze video surveillance images to try to identify a possible license plate of a vehicle that left the suitcase there, or a pedestrian. Indeed, this area is difficult to access, the sidewalk is very narrow. The recess in which the body was found is mainly frequented by homeless people. Which surprises one of them who confided in the columns of Le Parisien: "There's only us here. A body in a suitcase? You're sending shivers down my spine, there. No, we didn’t see anything. Yet I’ve been here since Saturday afternoon.”

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