Disappearance of Estelle Mouzin: new excavations take place in the Ardennes


Investigators resumed excavations in a marsh in Issancourt-et-Rumel. The place had been designated by Michel Fourniret’s ex-wife, Monique Olivier, during previous excavations.

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New searches have been taking place since Monday, March 29 in the Ardennes to try to find the body of Estelle Mouzin, franceinfo learned from a source close to the file.

According to information from franceinfo, investigators are excavating a marsh in Issancourt-et-Rumel, located about ten kilometers east of Charleville-Mézières, and glued to the town of Ville-sur-Lumes, a village in which is located the house where serial killer Michel Fourniret confessed to having kidnapped Estelle. Estelle Mouzin, then aged 9, disappeared on January 9, 2003 on her way back from school in Guermantes (Seine-et-Marne).

According to franceinfo information, the Marais du Paradis had been designated by Michel Fourniret’s ex-wife, Monique Olivier, during previous excavations. She will be present on Wednesday March 31 for the continuation of the excavation.

At the beginning of December 2020 already, excavations had taken place around the castle of Sautou, in the Ardennes, to try to find the body of Estelle Mouzin, on the basis of information provided to the investigators by Michel Fourniret himself. . The ogre des Ardennes was not present during these excavations because he was hospitalized with heart problems. These excavations, organized from December 7 to 10, had failed to find any elements useful for the investigation.

On August 21, traces of the girl’s DNA were found on a mattress seized in the house in Ville-sur-Lumes. Michel Fourniret confessed to having kidnapped and killed Estelle Mouzin and is indicted in this case for “kidnapping and forcible confinement followed by death”.



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