It is on this vast property of 15 Ha, isolated in the middle of a wood a few km from the Belgian border, in the town of Donchery, that the bodies of two young victims of the “Monster of the Ardennes” had already been found in 2004.
According to several sources familiar with the matter, these new excavations are due to begin Monday morning and could last several days.
In June, investigators trying to shed light on the disappearance of the 9-year-old girl had already explored the place, without result.
In October, the Parisian examining magistrate Sabine Kheris, who resumed the investigations in 2019, had first brought Michel Fourniret, indicted in this case for “kidnapping and sequestration followed by death”, to Guermantes (Seine- et-Marne), where the little girl had vanished on January 9, 2003 when she was returning from school, then in the Ardennes.
The magistrate hoped to “trigger memories” in the septuagenarian with the faltering memory, who had ended up confessing in March his responsibility in this affair. Two months earlier, his ex-wife, Monique Olivier, indicted on his side for “complicity”, had accused him of having raped and killed the child.
For five days, the convoy carrying him with his ex-wife had gone to a house in Ville-sur-Lumes, where the latter claims that Estelle Mouzin was kidnapped, raped and killed, in a cemetery in Charleville- Mézières, on land in Floing then at the Château du Sautou.
However, this trip under high security did not allow the body to be found. But Corinne Hermann, a lawyer for the family of Estelle Mouzin, then welcomed “serious progress”, stressing that the family was waiting “to be able to bury Estelle’s body”.
According to Richard Delgenes, lawyer for Monique Olivier, Michel Fourniret would have indicated certain places in the park of the castle to explore. The serial killer knows the place well: the couple lived there from 1989 to 1991, and he continued to return there regularly until his arrest in 2003.
Fourniret had acquired the manor with money from the loot of the “gang of hairpieces”, after having unearthed a treasure on the instructions of a former co-detainee and murdered the latter’s wife. An incredible episode that marked a turning point in his murderous journey.