10th June 2023
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Guardia Civil find remains in Pyrenees, ‘possibly of French murder suspect’

Spain’s Guardia Civil police on Monday confirmed finding skeletal remains in the Pyrenees, stating that they possibly belonged to a French father suspected of killing two teachers in France around eight months ago.

The remains were found early on Sunday in Peña Oroel, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, by a man who was out hunting, the Guardia Civil said.

‘In light of the belongings found next to the body, everything suggests it is likely to be the French national who has been missing since 4 July,’ the police said. ‘However, we must await final confirmation from DNA tests.’

A report in the Heraldo de Aragón newspaper said the hunter spotted a white crash helmet with a mobile phone, a charger and the body lying nearby.

The newspaper reported that when the police inspected the male corpse, ‘they observed that he still had a pistol pointed at his head in one hand’.

Despite being in a mountain area, the deceased was reportedly ‘not dressed in specific clothing but was wearing simple jeans and sports shoes’. In addition, ‘near the body there was a backpack and upon opening it, the agents found various ammunition and cans of food’, the newspaper reported.

On 4 July, Aurelie Pardon, a 32-year-old French teacher, and 55-year-old sports teacher Gabriel Fourmigue were shot dead in the French village of Pouyastruc in the Pyrenees.

The suspect, Cedric Tauleygne, fled on a motorcycle that was later found on the Spanish side of the border.

Tauleygne was the woman’s former partner. They had two children together and were in the process of separating.

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