British man arrested in Calais after trying to bring his dead mother back to the UK
British man is arrested in Calais after trying to bring his dead mother, 86, back to the UK with a Channel ferry
- The suspect, 53, was intercepted in Calais on Friday with the heavily bruised corpse
- The 86-year-old mother was found dead Friday in the passenger seat of the car
- There are & # 39; suspicions & # 39; because she died many hours before the car was stopped
- Family co-owned three houses in France and blood was found in two
- The prosecutor in nearby Boulogne-sur-Mer said they were from the Isle of Wight
A British man was arrested in Calais after trying to bring his dead mother back to the UK on a Channel ferry.
The 53-year-old suspect, who is not mentioned, was intercepted on Friday in the port city with the heavily bruised corpse beside him.
Pascal Marconville, the public prosecutor in nearby Boulogne-sur-Mer, said & # 39; there are suspicions & # 39; because the 86-year-old mother was found dead in the passenger seat of the car on Friday morning, despite the fact that she had died many hours before.
The 53-year-old suspect, who is not mentioned, was intercepted on Friday in the port city (photo) with the heavily bruised corpse next to him
The family co-owned three holiday homes in France and blood was found in two, while neighbors had also heard the couple calling to each other.
Marconville said: & # 39; The son said he only realized that his mother was dead when he left Calais. & # 39;
The son also said his mother was sick with cancer and & # 39; recurrent falls & # 39; had while trying to walk.
The prosecutor said they came from the Isle of Wight and visited France only a few times a year for a vacation, each time for a week.
One of their houses lay in the southeast of the Ardèche, while the other two were in Burgundy, further north.
On Thursday they had driven about 550 miles from the house in Vernon, in the Archeche, where the police found blood in the kitchen.
The couple had also stopped at their home in La Bost, a small hamlet near Chateau-Chinon, in Burgundy, where detectives found blood on the stairs.
Pascal Marconville (photo), the public prosecutor in nearby Boulogne-sur-Mer, said & # 39; there are suspicions & # 39; because the mother was found dead Friday morning in the passenger seat of the car, even though she had died many hours before
But Mr Marconville said that forensic scientists had found no evidence that a crime had been committed.
An autopsy on Friday & # 39; revealed nothing except that this was an elderly and very sick woman in a very precarious health condition & # 39 ;, said Mr. Marconville.
& # 39; During the trip, the son noted that his mother was not responding, but he thought she was sleeping & # 39 ;, Marconville said.
Éric Jussière, the mayor of Chatin, said the son bought the house in 2005 but had no contact with his neighbors.
The mother was a widower, whose husband used to work as a general practitioner in the UK, he said.
A neighbor in Vernon said that he had seen the mother and son coming on Wednesday and that they had heard that they were yelling & # 39; before they left abruptly the next day.
On Friday around 5 am, the police were called to Calais after the man indicated that his mother was feeling unwell, but she was clearly dead when she inspected her body.
On Friday afternoon, searches were conducted at the family for & # 39; suspicious statements by the son & # 39 ;, Marconville said.
The son was considered to be in a fragile mental state and was accordingly hospitalized in a psychiatric ward, rather than being taken into custody.
The research continues and no theory is excluded, Mr. Marconville said.
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