French police investigating the brutal multiple murder in the Alps say they are following a number of leads, but are no closer to establishing a motive.
What has emerged is that 25 shots were discharged during the killings and the British cyclist who found the bodies said he saw a green 4×4 and a motorbike in the area.
Specially trained investigators questioned the four-year-old daughter of two of the victims and she identified her mother and father, but was not certain about the identitiy of the other woman killed, previously thought to be her grandmother.
Annecy prosecutor is Eric Maillaud:
“What I would like to say is that Saad al-Hilli is one of the victims and his family was with him. When we asked his daughter who was with you she said her father and named him, her mother and named her and her sister.
During the attack she was sat between her mother and the other woman and hid under the legs of her dead mother.
Just because reports claimed there was a dispute between the brothers does not make the brother the number 1 suspect.”
The “professional” nature of the murders that left four people dead has led detectives to probe the possibility that the family were gunned down in an execution-style hit.
The brother of Saad al-Hilli visited police in the UK to deny any financial rift existed between him and his dead sibling.
France has dispatched a team of officiers to London to begin a search of the house in Surrey where the murdered family lived.
Britain says it will offer all the help it can to help bring the killer or killers to justice.