DNA TRACKS PARENTS OF GIRL SLAIN IN 1987
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.