Their faces and names were still displayed in police stations, gendarmerie and airports as well.
Estelle, Marion, Mathis, Charside, and Maddie haunt families’ minds, as investigators search for the slightest clue likely to explain the inexplicable.
They were between 4 and 10 years old when they disappeared without reason on their way to school, in a hotel room, and were kidnapped by a parent, while they were going to deposit a bag in the trash in front of the building where the family lived.
The numbers are on the rise in 2021
On the International Day of Missing Children on May 25, the Foundation for the Rights of the Child notes that in 2021, 43,870 cases of missing minors were reported in France (compared to 41,106 in 2020) and entered into the file wanted by the police and the gendarmerie. .
Among the reported disappearances, 922 were alarming disappearances (suicidal risk of a minor, unknown or dangerous third party linked to disappearance), 545 minors kidnapped or kidnapped by one of their parents and 42,151 fugitives, according to data from the Ministry of the Interior.
Between 2 and 10 criminal disappearances will not be resolved each year according to the foundation in its 2020 report.
The slight increase observed this year, with 2,764 additional reports compared to the previous year, reveals nothing alarming for the 116,000 missing children.
In fact, 2020 saw a significant decrease in reports due to the various periods of confinement.
Unsolved colds for 26 years
Among the unsolved criminal disappearances, files on children who are no longer giving a sign of life have affected public opinion.
Among them, the Estelle Muzin Center now relaunched by the new Judicial Center in Nanterre and specializing in “frozen cases”.
You have to go back to January 9, 2003, in Germantes (Seine et Marne) to find the last trace of Estelle Muzin’s life. She was 9 years old at the time. She will be twenty-eight today. On that day, after returning from school, the little girl disappeared, surely because of a bad encounter. Did you cross paths with a serial killer? The hypothesis is highly probable.
A year before his death, in March 2020, child criminal Michel Fournier confessed to killing the girl, without giving further details. The little girl’s body was never found.
Marion Wagen, who disappeared on November 14, 1996 at the age of 10 in Agen (Lot-et-Garonne) will be 36 years old. It seems that the path of Gol Ardennes, Michel Fourneret, was a serious one as well. Although there is an old photo of the missing and an investigation was conducted in Spain, New Caledonia, Poland or the West Indies, the mystery has lingered for 26 years.
Matisse Guano, 8, disappeared on September 4, 2011 in Caen, Calvados, after spending the weekend with his father Sylvain who shared custody of his mother. The latter was arrested on December 9, 2011 in Avignon after a trip to the south of France. According to one of his accounts, he was going to entrust his son to “safe and strong partners.” After the murder proceedings, the father in 2015 was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Charazed Bendouiou was around 46 years old. On July 8, 1987 in Burgoyne Gallio (Isère), a little in the afternoon, the mother of this 10-year-old asked her to go and put a garbage bag outside. You play for a moment at the bottom of the building and disappear. Thirty-five years later, the mystery still remains. In the 1980s, dozens of disappearances or murders occurred in the region. Charazed is one of the missing from Isère. The victim is in one of his unresolved cases.
Finally, in Portugal, the disappearance of 4-year-old Madeleine McCann named Madi, on May 3, 2007, caused some legal chaos, with the parents charged, then the case closed.
In recent weeks, Madi’s case has taken a turn. On April 21, 2022, an indictment was filed against a suspect. He is a German national, multiple pedophile and is currently imprisoned in his home country. The man had a face-change operation four months after the kidnapping of the now-to-be 19-year-old girl.
Camille was found 11 years on the run
December 26, 2010. This date is forever embedded in the soul of Alain Chauvet. Residing in Carqueiranne, this pilot and aircraft instructor will spend no Christmas with his 5-year-old daughter Camille at the time. The little girl has disappeared. without giving any news. She was kidnapped by her mother, Priscilla Magani, a military engineer by training.
For years, this father will move heaven and earth to find his daughter. He has taken justice on numerous occasions even securing a conviction for the mother of kidnapping her child in particular, but criminal penalties for the mother’s grandmother and ex-wife’s sister for complicity.
But nothing passes over the fate of Camille. Is it alive and healthy? Complete silence.
Camille Chauvet’s photo joins the missing children’s photo, and plenty of investigation into the predicament of lack of new items. Until a trivial event disturbs this established silence.
On March 1, 2022, near Morges, in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. At the wheel, a blonde woman in her fifties presents identification documents to the police. Next to him is a red-haired teenage girl. Then time stands still… The driver is wanted by INTERPOL for kidnapping a child. Subject to an international arrest warrant.
Eleven years after escaping, Priscilla Magani has just been found. Camila too. She is now 16 years old and the little girl of the most wanted and changed notice has been put on duty to help minors in Switzerland.
She does not want to meet her father and the teenager has been given permission to see her mother, who is still in detention.
Luke Trunch, the disappearance explained after 6 years
On March 18, 2015, 15-year-old Lucas Trunch left his home to go to a swimming lesson in a nearby town. He had to join his brother Valentine at the bus stop.
“Come on, I’ll lock up the houseLucas says as his brother’s last words. But the little boy won’t come and his mobile phone remains out of reach. Untraceable for six years despite investigations, calling of witnesses and a chain of solidarity around the family to find Lucas.
On June 7, 2021, the issue was released call witnesses, which airs on M6, returns to the disappearance of young Jared, hoping to collect new testimonies. Investigators from the judicial police in Montpellier and the central office in charge of investigations received 291 letters to be processed, including two or three letters requiring transportation to the scene.
On June 24, 2021 in Banoles-sur-Seez (Garde), less than a kilometer from the family’s home, bones, a backpack, a jacket, a watch and sneakers were discovered along the wall of an inaccessible cliff. This place, the teenager knew. Passionate about geology, he was able, on the day of his disappearance, to come there to search for stones and expand his collection.
On July 8, Nimes Prosecutor Eric Morrell confirmed the victim’s identity. “The first results of genetic experience on some of the bones determine that the DNA found is that of Lucas Tronch. Due respect to the family of the deceased was justified for notifying them first before any further contact.‘, he announced.
Emergency number: 116000
Since November 14, 2018, Droit d’Enfance manages and coordinates the emergency number of 116000 for families of missing minors. In France, the Ministry of Solidarity and Health has chosen Children’s Rights to support the families of the victims of these disappearances.
The emergency number received 30,823 calls in 2021
A disturbing conclusion was made regarding the increase in prostitution behavior observed among young girls during runaway episodes. The National Plan to Combat Child Prostitution published by the state on November 15, 2021 estimates that 10,000 minors are victims of prostitution in France.
As part of this plan, the Foundation Droit d’Enfance, which coordinates and manages 116,000 disappeared children, has been tasked with creating a child prostitution monitoring unit in collaboration with 119 – Allô Enfance en Danger.