Couple of missing Roubaisiens: their phone sent a last signal in Valenciennes

The latest elements of the investigation indicate that the telephone of Richard and Marie-France Di Gennaro, a Roubaisian couple missing since January 1, sent a last signal to Marly, near Valenciennes, the evening of their disappearance at 7 p.m. 09.



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This is a new twist in the search for Marie-France and Richard Di Gennaro, and a crushing blow for the family of the missing. According to the latest elements of the investigation, the couple’s phone sent a last signal to Marly, in the suburbs of Valenciennes, on January 1 on the evening of their disappearance.

The last trace elements of the mobile make it possible to locate the latter the same day in Marly at 7:09 p.m. “, told AFP the prosecutor of Lille, Carole Etienne.

Marly is at the end of the D649, the road linking their daughter’s house, where the couple had a family meal, to their home in Roubaix. But access to this departmental road is filtered by a portico because of a weakened bridge. It is then necessary to take a detour also passing through the town of Marly. Nothing indicates yet at this stage whether the gantry filtering the vehicles was open or not on the evening of January 1, when the Di Gennaro couple took to the road again. According to our information, the city of Marly was not informed of any research in the town, nor of the demarcation in its sector.

The filter dam on the road between Maubeuge and Valenciennes is near the last place where the phone sent a signal.  PHOTO ARCHIVES PIERRE ROUANET
The filter dam on the road between Maubeuge and Valenciennes is near the last place where the phone sent a signal. PHOTO ARCHIVES PIERRE ROUANET

The Di Gennaro couple’s phone was initially located in La Longueville, still on the D649, between Maubeuge and Valenciennes. It was here that the family and rescuers had concentrated their research.

“Are we starting from scratch? »

On the side of the family, the discovery of this new element of the investigation is badly experienced. ” Why are we only learning this vital information now?
? asks Tony Di Gennaro, one of the brothers of the deceased. Coming from Isère, Tony and François, another brother, have been combing the La Longueville-Bavay sector since last week, where a first relay antenna had spotted the retired couple’s cell phone at 6:47 p.m. Were we left to do all this for nothing? “, he breathes.

The families of the two missing, who divide their time between media requests and research around Maubeuge, say they are aware of the ” possible investigative necessities to keep things secret “. But the relatives of the Roubaix couple deplore in unison. ” The press was informed before us of what is far from being a detail! Is this normal? »

The family of the missing had then concentrated their search near Maubeuge, where the phone had been located for the first time.  PHOTO ARCHIVES BAZIZ CHIBANE
The family of the missing had then concentrated their search near Maubeuge, where the phone had been located for the first time. PHOTO ARCHIVES BAZIZ CHIBANE

Does that mean we start all over again?wonders the brother-in-law of the disappeared, Jean-Jacques Porcq. Because there has been no research so far in the Marly sector: in any case, not that we know! »

Other hopes

The fact that the couple’s cell phone was spotted halfway on the return trip raises tenuous hope among relatives. ” We no longer have any illusions, but we keep the hope of finding their bodies “, explains Jean-Jacques Porcq.

The investigation into their disappearance has been entrusted from the start to the Lille prosecutor’s office. Contacted on multiple occasions, the prosecution did not respond to our requests.

In case of information on their disappearance, contact the Roubaix police station on 03 20 81 34 40 or 68, and 03 20 81 34 92





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