Hunt on for Missing Twins

Father tells wife he can't live without them
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 7, 2011 2:35 AM CST
Alessia was taken by her pop in the middle of a marital dispute.   (AP Photo/Forestry Police)
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(Newser) – European police are frantically searching for 6-year-old twin girls who disappeared after their father was found dead. Matthias Kaspar Schepp, 43, of Switzerland, apparently committed suicide after taking his daughters in the midst of a marital dispute, according to investigators. He threw himself in the path of an oncoming train in southern Italy, according to cops. Schepp picked up his daughters, Alessia and Livia, from the home of his estranged wife for a weekend last month, but then fled with them, and was spotted in France before heading to Italy.

Schepp apparently made some large cash withdrawals in Marseille, but it is not yet known whether he took the girls to Italy with him. Rescue volunteers in the Italian Alps were searching a water tank near the train station where Schepp's body was found for twins. The girls have been missing for more than a week, reports AP. He wrote his wife a postcard that he could not live without his children.

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