The mother of missing six-year old twins Alessia and Livia Schepp has made an emotional appeal on Italian television for news of their whereabouts.
The broadcast was made after it was revealed that several witnesses had seen the girls nine days ago with their father on board a ferry bound for Corsica.
Irina Lucidi pleaded for information:
“Whoever saw them or knows anything about Alessia and Livia, please go to the police in order to give any information you might have. Obviously the fact that they were seen, the three of them, in Corsica on a ferry boat, gives me hope, that they are still alive somewhere, with someone.”
Matthias Schepp’s body was found last Thursday near an Italian railway track. A few days later his estranged wife received large sums of money in the post.
Schepp absconded with the girls more than a week ago, triggering an international search across three countries. It had been hoped he’d taken out the money to care for his daughters but now their family is fearing the worst.