Michel Fourniret’s shadow hangs over a 23-year-old cold case. The Dijon Court of Appeal (Côte-d’Or) asked Wednesday December 16, 2020 to “new investigations” in the Virginie Bluzet case, 21, found dead tied up in 1997 in the Saône, at the request of the family who would like to explore the trail of the serial killer.
The investigative chamber of the Dijon Court of Appeal “entrusted new investigations to an investigating judge from Chalon-sur-Saône (Saône-et-Loire) concerning the schedules of people already convicted of similar acts“, said the general prosecutor’s office, without further details. This judgment is in accordance with the requisitions of the public prosecutor, who had asked that the case not be closed.
Virginie Bluzet had disappeared on February 7, 1997 in Beaune. She was found dead on March 17 of the same year in the Saône, in Verdun-sur-le-Doubs (Saône-et-Loire). She was handcuffed, tied up and gagged. The circumstances of the murder have never been established. A friend had been indicted, but he had been dismissed.
The Pascal Jardin slope also studied
“We are very happy with this decision“, commented Didier Seban, who represents the Bluzet family.” We were proven right on both tracks: Pascal Jardin and Michel Fourniret “, he added. Pascal Jardin was sentenced to life in 2017 for the rape followed by the murder of 123 stab wounds by Christelle Blétry, in 1996 in Blanzy, also in Saône-et-Loire. He had seen his sentence confirmed on appeal on October 3, 2018.
“There are only a few weeks between the murders, in the same region, of Christelle Blétry and Virginie Bluzet. She worked in a restaurant where Pascal Jardin used to deliver frozen food. It seems obvious that this track must be searched“, added Maître Seban, who also defends the interests of the Christelle de Blanzy association, bringing together families who are victims of unsolved crimes.
Fourniret “went regularly to Burgundy”
As for the trail of serial killer Michel Fourniret, “he went regularly to Burgundy and we have dozens of DNA we ask to be compared“.” It is obvious that one must wonder “, continues Master Seban. Today aged 78,” the Ogre of the Ardennes “, sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of seven young women or teenagers between 1987 and 2001, a confessed last March its responsibility in the Estelle Mouzin affair, a girl who disappeared at the age of 9 in 2003.
The Virginie Bluzet case is one of the so-called “missing from the A6” : a series of homicides perpetrated in Saône-et-Loire in the 1980s and 1990s, some of which are still unclear. Besides Christelle Blétry, they are Sylvie Aubert, strangled in 1986, Nathalie Maire, strangled in 1987, Carole Soltysiak, raped and killed in 1990 and Vanessa Thiellon, drugged and beaten to death in 1999.
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