Arrested in Toulouse on Tuesday and taken into police custody, the man appeared on Saturday afternoon before an investigative judge dedicated to unsolved cases from the center and “remained silent” during his first hearing, the prosecution said in a press release. He was 18 at the time of the events.
The suspect was arrested on Tuesday in Toulouse with investigators from the Central Office for the Suppression of Violence Against Persons Arrested (OCRVP).
The June 2008 slaying of Caroline Marcel while she was jogging near Olivet, in the southern suburbs of Orleans in the Centre-Val de Loire region, is one of the unsolved cases sent to the new prosecutor's office Nanterre has taken over since March. 2022 “Cold Cases”, these old unsolved files.
It was “a novel exploitation of fingerprints” that “allowed the identification of a genetic profile on a car key,” the 45-year-old victim, the lawsuit claims.
The identification was due to “technological advances in the extraction of footprints and prints on previously unusable surfaces,” the lawsuit claims.
“This led to the identification of an 18-year-old man who was in the area at the time of the incident,” said the same source.
The body of the victim was found in the river Loiret: according to Isabelle Toulemonde, the public prosecutor of Orléans at the time, Caroline Marcel “had strangled and suffocated to death before being placed in the water”. “She was pinned to the ground and choked from behind, but not with her bare hands,” he added.
The file was sent to the serial or unsolved crimes center in Nanterre this year, the prosecution said. The trial judge of Orléans was dismissed in June and trial judge Nathalie Turquey was appointed in August.
In 2022, the matter was discussed in the M6 program “Call for Witnesses”.
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