Hopes are fading of finding twin six-year old Swiss girls who have been missing for over a week after their father absconded with them. The girls were last seen on a ferry to Corsica with their father, whose dead body has since been found in Italy.
Alessia and Livia Schepp were seen eight days ago on board the ferry, but their father threw himself under a train last Thursday, and there are now fears they may also be dead.
Matthias Schepp and his estranged wife lived near each other in the village of St Sulpice, just outside Lausanne.
The Schepp’s names feature on the ferry’s passenger list, but only one witness reported a man getting off at Propriano in Corsica with children, and it is unclear if it was them. The girl’s uncle also fears money sent by Schepp to his wife means the worst has indeed happened.
“The idea that he withdrew money in Marseille to pay someone to take care of the girls does not look so solid any more. So we fear the worst, but we remain hopeful of finding them, we trust anyone who may be looking after them to get in touch,” said Valerio Lucidi.
In the meantime a massive manhunt is under way involving Italian, French and Swiss police, and Interpol has issued an international Yellow Notice missing persons alert.