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a 12 months later, the thriller persists

Like a ghost hovering over the Roche-Plate district, Cédric Phileas nonetheless haunts folks’s minds. The mere point out of his title triggers heated debates between neighbors. Everybody lets themselves go to their very own speculation… Run or die.

“His skeleton should be on the backside of the ravine“, advance Patrice, who lives simply in entrance of the disappeared. “He should have grown a beard and stays hidden with household. Or he disguises himself as a girl to exit”, Jimmy retorts. Behind the irony, this double try at infanticide deeply shocked the neighborhood and the entire of Reunion.

A 12 months after the occasions, it isn’t deliberate to declare Cédric Philéas useless, as is the case in sure instances of disappearance. “An investigation is underway and all leads stay open”, signifies Caroline Calbo, prosecutor of Saint-Pierre. “We have not discovered a physique. Analysis on letters rogatory continues by the gendarmes of the analysis part”.

On November 27, 2021, the daddy of the household made his ex-companion and his two sons, aged 2 and 9, dwell by means of hell. After years of ordeal, the mom ended their relationship a couple of weeks earlier. A state of affairs that Cédric Philéas doesn’t settle for. Threats, shadowing and nuisance calls grow to be each day occurrences.

That Saturday, she does not comprehend it but, however the 30-something has set a lure for her. Whereas she goes to select up her sons, the person, sickly jealous, lures her to his dwelling, claiming that one of many kids is unwell.

A lure

As she enters the hut, the door closes behind her. All of the curtains are closed. It is too late to run away. Cédric Philéas then begins a sadistic psychological recreation. He squeezes her neck whereas asserting that she goes to die. A second of terror that lasts virtually an hour. Till the courageous younger lady manages to regain the higher hand by telling him what he desires to listen to.
His executioner lets go of the ballast. She flees and rushes to warn the gendarmes.

In the meantime, the previous bus driver will commit the worst. He picks up his two kids from his mom’s, simply reverse, and drives a number of kilometers up the Gol, to a small personal highway, in the course of a lychee orchard. Armed with a backyard knife, he stabs his eldest son within the abdomen. “I am doing this for mum and calling the emergency companies afterwards…“, he lets go simply earlier than his barbaric act. The eldest performs useless, earlier than fleeing, whereas his father performs the identical gesture on his two-year-old brother.

“I noticed a child strolling up the trail holding their stomachs. He was not strolling straight. It was unrealistic, I solely understood when he collapsed at my toes, bleeding”, recollects the proprietor of the land, who was returning to handle his fruit bushes. On the identical time, his daughter calls out to a motorist on the departmental highway. An off-duty policeman involves lend them a hand. “The children informed us + My brother is at risk +. He was very courageous. We ran down the highway and that is when the man received out of his automobile. He instantly fled”. The pursuit continues within the cane area which adjoins the orchard. Cédric Philéas, who has a number of tens of meters forward of the 2 males, throws himself into the ravine. That is the final time he’s seen alive, rolling down the facet of the cliff.

The path of suicide

The 2 kids, shortly taken care of by the emergency companies, particularly because of the intervention of the off-duty police officer, survived their accidents. Giant-scale search operations are undertaken by the gendarmes of the Analysis Part to seek out the fugitive. A helicopter swept the world for a number of days. Drone, hunts, sniffer canine, the ravine is searched from prime to backside. Nonetheless, no physique is discovered. A search discover is broadcast all through the island. A number of reviews are invalid. The kinfolk of the respondent are put beneath surveillance, however no contact with Cédric Philéas has emerged. No leads. Nothing.

In the present day, the thriller persists. Unattainable that the daddy of the household left the territory with out leaving a hint. Solely two choices stay. He might have emerged from the ravine on the day of the tragedy, earlier than the beginning of the sphere grid, and would since have been hosted by a relative. The second choice, which appears extra possible and favored by the investigators, can be that he killed himself, within the ravine or elsewhere, and that his physique, hidden someplace, has nonetheless not been found.

Benoit Donnadieu

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