On Friday, the French police said that a man had confessed to the murder of his wife, who had been missing in western France for almost two and a half months, and had led detectives to the location of her body.
Karine Esquivillon, a mother of five who was 54 years old when she vanished on March 27 from her house in the Pays de la Loire area of western France, has not been seen or heard from since.
Her mobile phone was found two weeks later in a ditch outside a car park by the mayor of the commune. The SIM card had been removed, but it was still accompanied by a photograph of one of her kids.
While the police made a plea for witnesses to come forward, her husband Michel Pialle stated that Esquivillon had “voluntarily” left the home, despite the fact that several members of her family questioned the veracity of this allegation.
By the end of May, Pialle told AFP that his “anxiety was growing stronger with each passing day”.
Pialle was taken into police custody Wednesday as a search of the family home was conducted, with the couple’s two vehicles seized by investigators.
According to a source with knowledge of the case, the suspect later confessed to the police that he had shot and killed his wife while he was carrying a firearm, matching the claims made by the newspaper Le Parisien.
“Mr. Pialle made the choice to explain himself,” Mr. Pialle’s attorney, Antoine Ory, said AFP in a text message.
Emmanuelle Lepissier, a public prosecutor, told AFP in a text message that Pialle accepted the facts and “indicated to investigators where to find her body.” Pialle was quoted as saying this.
According to Le Parisien, her body was discovered in a wooded area that was located a few kilometers away from the couple’s residence.
An AFP journalist stated that it was anticipated that Pialle, who is 50 years old, will be hauled before the court in La-Roche-sur-Yon on Friday morning.