Disappearance of Alessia and Livia Schepp
|Alessia Schepp, Livia Schepp|
|Born||Alessia Vera Schepp, Livia Clara Schepp
October 7, 2004
|Disappeared||January 30, 2011 (ages 6)
|Status||Missing for 7 years and 18 days|
Alessia Vera Schepp and Livia Clara Schepp are missing persons from Saint-Sulpice, a suburb of Lausanne in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. Mathias Schepp, their father, picked up his twin daughters from his ex-wife's home in St-Sulpice and they never returned. The body of Mathias was later found in Italy, where the authorities presumed that he had committed suicide. The fate of the six-year-old girls has remained unknown since January 30, 2011. Their disappearance led to a police hunt across Switzerland, France and Italy.
Alessia and Livia were twin sisters, born on October 7, 2004. The girls were the only children of Irina Mayme Lucidi Schepp, an Italian-born Swiss lawyer, and Matthias Kaspar Schepp, 43, a Canadian-born Swiss engineer. They married on July 2004 in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. They both worked for the tobacco company Philip Morris.
One year previously the couple had split up, living in the same village but in separate homes.
The following timeline is based on a Swiss Police publication:
- Friday 28 January: Matthias Schepp picks up his daughters to spend the weekend with them.
- Saturday 29 January: Schepp sends an SMS to his wife: "we are all right, we'll return on Monday".
- Sunday 30 January
- Monday 31 January
- Tuesday 1 February
- Wednesday 2 February at 09:13: Schepp is photographed alone at a toll.
- Thursday 3 February
Possible murder by Matthias Schepp
In February 2011 police investigators said that Schepp sent a letter to his wife suggesting that he had killed the children. The letter was not released to the public. According to CNN, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera was allowed to publish a single sentence from the letters which said "The children rest in peace, they have not suffered". A search of Schepp's computer showed that in the days leading up to the trip, he searched for information about firearms and poisons, along with the timetables for the ferry.
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