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A former soldier has admitted killing eight-year-old French schoolgirl Maelys de Araujo. who vanished from a wedding in the Alps in August.
Her remains have been found, a prosecutor announced on Wednesday, after 34-year-old Nordahl Lelandais finally agreed to co-operate with the police and led them to the spot where her body was found.
Lelandais - Months - Crime - Trace - Girl
Lelandais is reported to have agreed to help police - after months of denying the crime - when a trace of the missing girl's blood was found in his car.
Lelandais, 34, admitted killing Maëlys de Araujo 'involuntarily' after she went missing during a wedding in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, north of Grenoble.
Parents - Maelys - Dark - Daughter - Minutes
'Tonight, the parents of Maelys are no longer in the dark, they know that their daughter is dead, that she was killed. And a few minutes ago, we told them that we had discovered the remains of the child,' a Grenoble prosecutor said on Wednesday evening.
'It is this terrible conclusion that the prosecutor of Grenoble has delivered, the culmination of six months of investigation and research.'
Lelandais - Time - Scene - Crime - Wednesday
Lelandais was taken for the first time since he was charged to the scene of the crime on Wednesday under a heavy police escort, Parismatch.com reported.
His change of heart was thought to have come about after a trace of Maelys's blood was found in the boot of his car, according to a source who spoke to the AFP news agency on condition of anonymity.
Day - Searching - Snow - Terrain - Remains
It took a whole day of searching, made very difficult by the snow and the steep terrain, to uncover the remains of the little girl, Le Figaro reported.
The unmarried suspect from the village of Domessin, 18 miles from Chambery, was also charged in December over the April killing of a hitchhiking soldier.
Suspicions - Lelandais - Alps - Murders
There are also suspicions that Lelandais could be responsible for the unsolved Alps murders in which...
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