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Father of missing Swiss twins wrote that they were "resting in peace"

Matthias Schepp left letter for the girls’ mother; it also emerged that he had trawled suicide websites before the disappearances.

Alessia and Livia Schepp
Alessia and Livia Schepp
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THE FATHER OF missing six-year-old Swiss twins reportedly sent a letter to the girls’ mother telling her that she would not see them again.

The Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera says that the note told mother Irina Lucidi that Alessia and Livia Schepp were “resting in peace” and “did not suffer”.

It has also emerged that the father, Matthias Schepp, had searched suicide websites before he disappeared with the girls.

He killed himself on 3 February by throwing himself under a train in Italy. Matthias Schepp had taken the girls from their mum’s home in St Sulpice, Switzerland on 28 January and travelled with them through France and Italy. Police have discovered that he travelled with the girls on a ferry to Corsica on 1 February but that Schepp later got a ferry back to France alone.

Now police spokesperson Jean-Christophe Sauterel said they had found evidence on Schepp’s work computer that he had searched websites that carried information on suicide, poison and guns, as well as ferry schedules.

The twin girls’ uncle Valerio Lucidi said that Schepp’s “premeditation” was “very, very worrying”, according to the BBC.

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Police are still appealing for information on any possible sighting of the girls. When last seen, Alessia was dressed in blue jeans, a striped T-shirt and a white jacket. Livia was dressed in a purple ski jacket with white and pink sneakers.

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