Missing mother, daughter: French, Swiss police step up search

Update 10 February: pair found, in good condition

Photos removed to respect family’s privacy

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND / PARIS, FRANCE – Mizué Bachelard and her seven-year-old daughter Hanaé may have been seen in Annecy, Swiss police said Friday. The mother and child disappeared Thursday evening 26 January and have been tracked to Paris. Police in Paris have opened a “worrying disappearance” investigation and police in canton Vaud, Switzerland, have opened an investigation for “putting the life of another in danger”.

A police team from Lausanne is in Paris working closely with French police.

The mother, 35, is described by police as “psychologically fragile”.

The mother and daughter were possibly spotted Thursday 3 February at 02:30 in the morning on the A40, in an autoroute toll booth area, but they say they can’t rule out or be certain the pair seen were Bachelard and her daughter.

French police have traced the woman to Paris Friday 27 January when she appeared at Éditions Albin Michel, 34 bd Edgar Quinet in the 14th arrondissement at 08:30. She had sent the publisher a manuscript by post. At 09:40 that morning she took money from a cash machine on the rue de Sèvre in the 6th arrondissement. The mother and daughter were wearing the same clothes they had on when they were seen at a gas station in Bursins, canton Vaud, Switzerland, the night of Thursday 26 January.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Vaud police at +41 21 644 4444.


Mizué Bachelard is 160cm tall, thin and “wispy”, with chestnut hair (she often wears it tied with a band) and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a pink pullover, checkered pants or pyjama-style bottoms, and a brown-beige coat.

Her daughter is 120cm tall, thin, with chestnut hair and light blue eyes.

She was wearing a red and white striped pullover, dark pants and a blue jacket with a hood.

Car: blue Nissan Micra car, Vaud license plates VD 551’987 .