GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Three new developments are reported by police in the murders of four people near Annecy, France, last week:
- The home of Saad al-Hilli in Claygate, near London, England, was searched by a bomb squad over the weekend, but the “suspicious” material found in a garden shed of the victim’s home was determined not to be hazardous
- French police, who are leading the investigation, even in England, have asked Swiss and Italian police for help in determining the escape route used by the murderer
- French police said Monday 10 September that an older model 7.65mm caliber automatic pistol was used in the shootings. Saad al-Hilli, his wife, his Swedish mother-in-law and a cyclist who was passing by were all shot twice in the head.
The two al-Hilli daughters survived the shooting; the older one, age 7, is recovering from injuries in hospital, while the younger daughter, age 4, has been flown back to the UK where she is in the care of social services, reports, the BBC.