Troadec case: Brother-in-law admits murdering missing family of four

The brother-in-law of a man missing in France along with his wife and two children has admitted killing them, a report says. The newspaper and RTL radio said a dispute over an inheritance is at the heart of the investigation into the missing Troadec family, including both parents and two children, ages 18 and 21. They said there had been signs of attempts to clean it up.

Pascal and Brigitte, both aged around 50, their son Sebastien, 21, and daughter Charlotte, 18 were last seen on 16 February.

French media reported that the arrested couple, who live in Plouguerneau, near Brest, were jealous over Mr Troadec's inheritance from his father and believed that he was concealing gold ingots that had been found in an apartment... French media say items belonging to the family were found there.

The estranged brother-in-law, a construction engineer known only as Hubert C, 46, and Pascal Troadec's sister, Lydie, 47, initially denied involvement, although he mentioned "tensions" with Mr Troadec who he said he hadn't seen "in years".

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According to reports, Hubert C has not told investigators what he did with the bodies of the family.

The two were detained in the Brittany city of Brest, the region the Troadecs came from and where several personal items belonging to members of the family have been found.

On Thursday, police found Sebastien's auto in Saint-Nazaire - the family's two other cars had been left parked in front of their house.

In searches at the parents' home in a suburb of Nantes, police discovered Sebastien's mobile phone and his mother's watch covered with blood, police said. The national health card of their 18-year-old daughter, Charlotte, was found in a pair of pants in a ditch more than 270 kilometres away.

  • Sonia Alvarado