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15 years after the murder of Caroline Marcel, on the banks of the Loiret river, the Nanterre prosecutor's office announced that a man was arrested in Ariège and placed in police custody on Tuesday in Toulouse.

The suspect was placed in custody by a liberty and detention judge, with a view to his transfer to Nanterre. 

A man, suspected of the murder in 2008 of a 45-year-old jogger on the banks of the Loiret, was arrested and placed in police custody on Tuesday in Toulouse, we learned Thursday from the Nanterre prosecutor's office, confirming information from several media.

The murder of Caroline Marcel, near Olivet, is one of the unsolved cases transmitted to the Nanterre prosecutor's office responsible for "cold cases", old unresolved cases.

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday in Ariège

The man was placed in custody on Thursday by a judge of freedoms and detention in Toulouse with a view to his transfer to Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine), the prosecution said.

He should be presented to investigating judge Nathalie Turquey on Saturday afternoon, added the public prosecutor.

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday in Ariège, according to BFMTV, in circumstances which have not been revealed.

He was placed in police custody in Toulouse with investigators from the Central Office for the Repression of Violence against Persons (OCRVP), jointly seized with the Orléans judicial police, said the Nanterre prosecutor's office.


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The victim, whose body was discovered in the Loiret river, "died by strangulation and suffocation before being placed in the water", detailed the then public prosecutor of Orléans in 2008, Isabelle Toulemonde.

“She was pinned to the ground, choked from behind but not with her bare hands,” she added.

In 2022, this case was the subject of a call for witnesses in the M6 ​​program “Call for witnesses”.

The file was sent this year to the serial or unsolved crimes center in Nanterre, the prosecution said.

The investigating judge of Orléans was removed in June and the investigating judge Nathalie Turquey was appointed in August.