Estelle Mouzin case: the excavations intensify, the excavator comes into action

Did Monique Olivier deliver the key to the criminal enigma Estelle Mouzin? Since Tuesday, soldiers and gendarmes have been back in Issancourt-et-Rumel, guided by unpublished statements by Monique Olivier, the ex-wife of serial killer Michel Fourniret.

The gendarmes began on Tuesday a new series of excavations in Issancourt-et-Rumel, in the Ardennes, to try to find the body of Estelle Mouzin, whose serial killer Michel Fourniret confessed to the murder.

Our special envoys Mathieu Langer and Alain Hougardy follow this third day of excavations. The research continues in a perimeter drawn thanks to precious information on the place where Estelle Mouzin would have been buried in 2003 and which would have been communicated by Monique Olivier during dozens of interrogations last week.

The excavator arrived under escort

This Wednesday, a special radar was used by investigators. This makes it possible to check whether the earth has been turned over in certain places. Following the results given by this geo-radar, an excavation area was determined. At 1:30 p.m., the excavator arrived on the scene with the aim of combing this perimeter.

“The excavator has arrived under escort. It will remove the earth, layer after layer”, explains our journalist Mathieu Langer. The objective is to find any buried evidence.

This umpteenth research was ordered after the hearing last Thursday in situation, in the premises of the gendarmerie of Charleville-Mézières, of Monique Olivier by the examining magistrate Sabine Kheris.

Monique Olivier recognized a role in the sequestration of Estelle Mouzin

During this interrogation, the former accomplice of the “Ogre des Ardennes” recognized for the first time a role in the kidnapping of Estelle Mouzin, kidnapped eighteen years ago in Guermantes in Seine-et-Marne. And she indicated this new place where “Michel Fourniret would have even asked him to come and pick it up by car” after having buried the body of the girl, according to his lawyer Richard Delgenes.

Monique Olivier had so far admitted knowing about Estelle’s murder and having provided her husband with an alibi, but this time “she confirms that she saw her and that she was there when the body was transported” , adds Didier Seban, the child’s family lawyer.

These unpublished details, obtained “thanks to the relationship of trust established with the judge”, pave the way for a new twist in the investigation, which comes up against the faltering memory and fragile health of Michel Fourniret. At 78, the serial killer has been hospitalized since November.

Aged 72, his ex-wife, met by classified ad three decades ago and with whom he had sealed a criminal pact, is however in perfect health and asserts itself over the months as a centerpiece of the puzzle.

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