A man suspected of being Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès was arrested this Friday at Glasgow Airport in Scotland. Perhaps the culmination of a hunt full of twists.

The hunt has never stopped for eight years. During all these years, investigators have tried to solve one of the most mysterious cases of recent years: that of Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès, accused of killing his wife and four children in 2011 in Nantes. Since then he was actively sought after.

Hundreds of reports

Hundreds of reports from all over the world reached the investigators, none of which allowed them to know if Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès was dead or alive, if he could have organized his escape or if he had committed suicide. Several times the investigators thought they had found the trace of the suspect, still in vain.

The man is last seen in the Var, April 14, 2011, filmed by the camera of a cash machine. The next day, he leaves on foot a hotel Formula 1 Roquebrune-sur-Argens, a case on the back that can contain a rifle.

Identification of its DNA in progress

Two months later, several campaigns of excavations consequent in about forty cavities are conducted in this department where the Ligonnès family had resided in the 1990s. Without success. In July 2011, around 100 police officers carry out around fifteen searches in the whole of France among relatives and friends of the alleged assassin, again without results.

New rebound when human bones are discovered near Fréjus. But they are not his. Last major operation in January 2018: the police intervene in a monastery of Roquebrune-sur-Argens, where faithful thought to have recognized Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès.

New false track, until the incredible twist of this Friday night. A man suspected of being Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès was arrested at Glascow airport. The Scottish police have collected their fingerprints and the identification of their DNA is in progress.