DNA TRACKS PAR­ENTS OF GIRL SLAIN IN 1987

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PARIS The par­ents of a fouryear-old girl found dead three decades ago have been charged for her mur­der in a cold case res­ur­rected by DNA test­ing, a pros­e­cu­tor said Thursday.

The then-uniden­ti­fied girl’s body was found in a ditch along the A10 free­way close to the city of Blois in cen­tral France in Au­gust 1987.

The girl, whose mu­ti­lated body had marks of long-term abuse, was known in France as the “lit­tle mar­tyr of the A10.” Her photo was cir­cu­lated around the world.

Pros­e­cu­tor Fred­eric Che­val­lier said a break­through has been pos­si­ble in the case that baf­fled au­thor­i­ties for years “be­cause of the evo­lu­tion of science.”

The par­ents were iden­ti­fied and tracked by chance through their son’s DNA, which was tested in an un­re­lated 2016 case and matched him as the dead girl’s brother, Che­val­lier said.

“Inass Touloub has at last a name,” Che­val­lier said. The girl was born in July 1983 in Casablanca, Morocco.

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