The Gendarmerie brigade of Malesherbes (Loiret) was contacted on Monday June 20, 2022 by a person who reported to him facts likely to enter into a qualification of murder.
The soldiers went to the places designated by this person and made the gruesome discovery of a lifeless body, lying under branches. This Thursday, June 23, 2022 the Orléans Public Prosecutor’s Office provides additional information on this criminal case with regard to the progress of the investigation, in particular with a qualification of rape.
The body of a man under the branches
The gendarmes, near the path called “la coulée verte” in the town of Malesherbes found a man’s body who was buried on a pile of branches and showed signs of injury.
At the Orléans Public Prosecutor’s Office, the duty magistrate went to the scene at 4 a.m. on the night of Monday to Tuesday June 21.
He seized the Orleans Research Section but also the Pithiviers Research Brigade for investigations under the qualification of murder.
An individual known by multiple identities
On Tuesday morning, around 8 a.m., the person suspected of homicide, who is known by different identities by the police and Gendarmerie services, is arrested and placed in custody.
This person declares an identity, and under this identity he is 22 years old.
Wednesday, June 22, the results of the autopsy of the body reveal traces of strangulation.
“Additional expertise must however be carried out to establish with certainty the causes of death” communicates Emmanuelle Bochenek-Puren, prosecutor of the Republic of Orleans.
At this stage of the investigation the motives for the murder remain undetermined, the victim was 48 years old and was the employer of the individual in question.
Woman reveals she was raped
But, during the time of the man’s custody, a woman reveals to the investigators that she was raped by him during the day of Monday, June 20.
The initial investigation for murder therefore finds itself extended to these acts of rape at the request of the Public Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday June 22.
This Thursday, June 23, the individual was referred to the Orleans prosecutor’s office, which has just opened an investigation for murder and rape. In his requisitions he claimed the remand in custody.
“The judicial information will determine in particular the links, if they exist, between the facts of murder and rape and between the person in question and the two victims” specifies the public prosecutor.
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