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Search Underway After French Girl, 9, Vanishes at Wedding

Police have now launched a kidnapping investigation

(Newser) - Police have opened a kidnapping investigation as searches continue for a 9-year-old girl who vanished from a family wedding in the French Alps Sunday. The Local reports that authorities have scoured the area, using helicopters, police dogs, divers, and cavers around France’s southeastern Isère region to track down... More »

Human Remains on Mont Blanc Could Be Decades Old

Daniel Roche found a hand, part of a leg

(Newser) - Daniel Roche's quest is an unusual one. As the AFP reports, he's been searching Mont Blanc's Bossons Glacier for years, looking for decades-old body parts. They could very likely be there: Two Air India flights crashed on the mountain, one in 1950 and one in 1966. And... More »

2 Kids, Tourist Killed, More Missing in Alps Avalanche

A tourist was also killed Wednesday in the French Alps

(Newser) - Three people—including two children—were killed in an avalanche in the French Alps on Wednesday, and five more children are still missing, the BBC reports. The two children killed, one of whom is reportedly a 14-year-old boy, were part of a group of nine students accompanied by a teacher,... More »

Alps Crash Site 'Freakishly Close' to 1953 Disaster

Air France plane went down less than a mile away

(Newser) - As investigators head to the remote site in the French Alps where Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed yesterday, aviation experts are remembering an air disaster that happened in what the International Business Times calls a "freakishly close" location near the village of Barcelonnette. On Sept. 1, 1953, an Air France... More »

Snow, Ice Hit French Alps, Strand 15K on Roads

At least 1 driver dead in wintry mess

(Newser) - A white Christmas may have proven elusive Stateside, but a burst of snow and ice in the French Alps have stranded some 15,000 vehicles, reports the BBC , prompting Paris to issue its second-highest weather alert and urge drivers to "exercise the utmost caution." One driver died after... More »

Big Find Atop French Alps: Jewels

Best guess is that the treasure is from a decades-old plane crash

(Newser) - A very honest mountain climber in the French Alps has stumbled upon an amazing find: a small box crammed with emeralds, sapphires, and other gems, reports the AP . The loot has been valued at about $330,000, but the anonymous climber handed it over to police upon his descent from... More »

Victim's Brother Busted in Alps Massacre

Zaid al-Hilli brought in for questioning

(Newser) - British police have arrested a suspect in the killing of four people in the French Alps last year—and it's reportedly the brother of one of the slain men. Zaid al-Hilli, 54, was arrested near London, according to numerous reports . "We felt there were enough reasons to take... More »

Alps Murder Victim Had Saddam Hussein's Money

Saad Al-Hilli held part of the secret stash: German police

(Newser) - The British engineer killed in the French Alps may have been murdered for holding some of Saddam Hussein's private fortune, the Telegraph reports. German secret police have given French authorities evidence to that effect to help in their investigation of Iraqi-born Saad Al-Hilli, who was killed on September 5... More »

Alps Massacre Victim Saw Only One Killer

7-year-old girl could be crucial witness

(Newser) - A clue has emerged in the brutal murder of three British family members as they vacationed in the French Alps last week. One of the survivors, a 7-year-old girl, reveals to police she saw only one killer, reports Sky News . Zainab al-Hilli, the daughter and granddaughter of the victims, could... More »

Bomb Squad at Home of Alps Murder Victim

Neighbors around Saad al-Hilli's home evacuated

(Newser) - Neighbors of Saad al-Hilli , who was killed along with his wife and mother-in-law in the French Alps last week, were evacuated today as an Army bomb squad descended on the $1.6 million home in England, Reuters reports. Police cordoned off a wider area around the house and released a... More »

France Murder Victim Clashed With 'Control Freak' Brother

Bludgeoned daughter emerges from coma

(Newser) - A new detail in this week's multiple murder in the French Alps: Saad al-Hilli, who was gunned down with his wife and mother, had written a letter calling his brother a "control freak" who should be wiped "out of my life." Saad and brother Zaid clashed... More »

French Murder Victims Each Shot Twice in the Head

Husband worked on secret defense contract

(Newser) - A multiple murder in France is looking more like a planned killing than a robbery gone wrong—because each of the four victims received two bullets to the head among their other gunshot wounds, the Guardian reports. "I cannot say if the killer or killers were professional; all... More »

Did Family Feud Lead to Grisly Alps Massacre?

Brother eyed, but he's already gone to police to attest to his innocence

(Newser) - The plot is thickening around the horrific massacre of a British family in the French Alps. Police say the killings bear the hallmark of a professional assassination—and they are questioning the brother of one of the victims. "It seems that there was a dispute between the two brothers... More »

Girl Hid for 8 Hours Under Bodies in Alps Killing Spree

At least 4 shot to death in a forest: officials

(Newser) - A horrific story out of the French Alps: Four adults were found shot to death in or near a BMW yesterday, and beneath the legs of a dead woman cowered a 4-year-old, terrified but alive. She apparently spent some eight hours tucked beneath the body of her mother and next... More »

Missing Climbers Alive After Avalanche

2 are rescued in snow; death toll stands at 9

(Newser) - Two people caught in today's avalanche in the French Alps have been found alive in the snow, CNN reports, and four others who had been deemed missing have been located, and are unscathed. Rescuers had broken off the search for the four because of weather conditions, but they eventually... More »

9 Killed in Mont Blanc Avalanche

Some climbers still missing in French Alps

(Newser) - An avalanche in the French Alps killed nine climbers and left another four or five missing this morning, the Telegraph reports. Two groups comprised of 28 climbers, many of them highly experienced, were trying to climb Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. The avalanche hit as they were ascending... More »

Avalanche Wipes Out French Ski Lift

Snow pours over chairs, cables, knocks down pylons

(Newser) - Skiers thought they were safe in their chair-lift perches as they watched a powerful avalanche rumble through a French ski resort near Grenoble—until snow began to bury the tips of their skis. No injuries were reported, but several skiers on higher ground were left dangling from lifts—and had... More »

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