Police search Surrey home of family shot dead in France
Four people found shot dead in the French Alps had each been shot twice in the head, prosecutors have revealed.
Mr Saad al-Hilli (50) was killed in his car alongside his dentist wife, named by neighbours as Iqbal, on Wednesday.
An older Swedish woman travelling in the car also died in the shooting, along with Sylvain Mollier (45) a French cyclist who apparently stumbled across the attack in Chevaline.
The couple’s four-year-old daughter Zeena lay undiscovered under her mother’s corpse for eight hours after the murders, while her seven-year-old sister Zainab remains in a medically induced coma after being shot and beaten.
Post-mortem examinations revealed each of the victims killed in the attack had been shot a number of times, including two hits to the head, public prosecutor Eric Maillaud said.
Police have conducted a search of the al-Hillis’ family home today in Claygate, in Surrey, following the arrival of a team of four French officers in the UK.
The caravan which the family had been staying in at the Le Solitaire du Lac campsite in Saint-Jorioz was also removed by police.
French authorities have asked their Italian and Swiss counterparts to help them in their hunt for those responsible.
Surrey Police erected a tent at the front of the al-Hillis’ home today as they prepared to conduct a search of the property with the French police team, led by officer Marc de Tarle.
Two French detectives entered the house earlier with British officers, while scenes of crimes officers in full protective suits are continuing the search this afternoon.
Families have been visiting the home throughout the day to leave floral tributes outside the front of the house. Along with bouquets of flowers, teddy bears had been left and a Mr Men ‘Little Miss Trouble’ book.
Two relatives of the al-Hilli family have travelled to France, alongside a British social worker, and will visit the girls who are under police supervision.
However it was unclear when they would be able to see the elder girl, Zainab, as she continues to be treated in hospital.
Mr Maillaud said the identities of the relatives who had arrived in France would not be made public for “security reasons”.
Police plan to look at aspects of Mr al-Hilli’s life to try to find a motive for the murders and also speak with his brother, named in reports as Zaid Hilli.
Investigators have disclosed that Mr al-Hilli’s brother approached UK police to deny any feud with his sibling over money.
Speaking at a press conference today, Mr Mauillard said the brother would be interviewed along with the rest of the al-Hilli family as part of the investigation.