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Biker holds key to French Alps murders mystery

BY CAMILLA TURNER

A male biker wanted in connection with the murders of four people in the French Alps could be the killer, the man leading the investigation has said.

Police have released an image of the male motorcyclist as part of their investigation into the murder of a British satellite engineer gunned down with his wife and mother-in-law last year.

Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud said teams have investigated the unusual helmet, of which only "a few thousand" were made but have so far failed to trace the man.

Mr Maillaud said: "It could be that he was on a walk and did not see anything; that he is someone who saw something (a witness); or that he is the perpetrator of the murders. All these hypotheses are being considered."

Saad al-Hilli (50) from Claygate, Surrey, his wife Ikbal (47) and her elderly mother Suhaila al-Allaf were murdered near Lake Annecy in southern France on September 5, last year. French cyclist Sylvain Mollier also died.

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