A 25-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon and then placed in police custody as part of the investigation into the death of Victorine Dartois, the Grenoble prosecutor’s office announced on Wednesday. Heard by investigators from the research section of the gendarmerie, the man admitted the facts, according to BFM TV and the Dauphine.
The suspect was arrested in Villefontaine, by the gendarmerie. His home was searched. The 25-year-old man is a father, living in the Fougères district, in Villefontaine, where Victorine’s family resides, according to the regional daily. “The Grenoble prosecutor’s office will not communicate for the moment other additional details”, said the deputy prosecutor of the Republic of Grenoble, Boris Duffau. “We learned this morning, we are expecting our lawyer. We don’t know anything more for the moment ”, meanwhile declared Victorine’s father to Dauphiné Libéré.
The 18-year-old student had disappeared Saturday, September 26, as she returned home, on foot, along a stadium near a wooded area. His body was found by the gendarmerie two days later in a stream in Roche, a town bordering Villefontaine (Isère). An investigation for murder, kidnapping and forcible confinement had been opened. The conclusions of the autopsy, unveiled on September 30 by Boris Duffau evoked “One death by drowning with intervention by a third party.” “The trail of the accident can be ruled out”, then concluded Kelly Monteiro, the lawyer of the family.
Significant resources were deployed within the framework of the investigation. Ten investigators from the Isère gendarmerie were assigned exclusively to the investigation. They interviewed 130 witnesses, contacted 622 people during the neighborhood investigation, and verified 305 calls received on a toll-free number, had detailed the gendarmerie in its last update on the investigation.
The death of Victorine aroused great emotion in Villefontaine. Thousands of people gathered on October 4 for a white march. “Watch over all these women who come home alone”, his brother had addressed to him at the end of the walk. Three days later, more than a thousand people had attended the funeral of the young girl, in Bourgoin-Jallieu.