The body of a 8 years old girl, who died a month ago but whose parents had invented a scenario of abduction, was found on Friday by the French gendarmerie at Le Mans after 24 hours of research, according to a judicial source.
The father confessed in police custody having invented the story of abduction, said the prosecutor Joelle Rieutort.
"He confessed after the police pointed contradictions" and "fairly quickly said the abduction was a fake" she said to reporters.
Both parents were placed in custody.
The body of the little girl was found after her father's confession in a container in a warehouse belonging to the company where he works.
In custody, he ensured that the girl died in the first days of August of "natural death", he said his body had been kept in a freezer at the couple's previous home, says Ms. Rieutort.
"The autopsy will be conducted as soon as possible. There are no apparent signs of violence," she said.
The father alerted police Wednesday on the alleged disappearance of the girl. He claimed that he briefly left the child alone, asleep in his car on a fast food restaurant parking, just the time to pick up food with his 10 years old son.
Nearly 150 policemen were mobilized on Thursday and have been looking for the little girl.
source: 24heures/AFP, 11.09.2009
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Many thanks to ACG for the translated article.