Europe 1 with AFP 3:56 p.m., January 24, 2022

The excavations to find the body of Delphine Jubillar began last Monday not far from the home of the couple, in Cagnac-les-Mines, in the Tarn. But since the declarations of a former detainee, cell neighbor of Cédric Jubillar, indicted for murder, the searches of the gendarmes and soldiers are also oriented on a farm close to their house.

After the rotary cutters, the mechanical shovel was at work on Monday: for a week, gendarmes and soldiers have been raking an area of ​​dense vegetation in Cagnac-les-Mines, in the Tarn, near the house where Delphine Jubillar lived before her disappearance in December 2020. They hope to find the body of this 33-year-old nurse and mother whose husband, Cédric Jubillar, is indicted for murder.

The painter-plasterer, who claims his innocence, has been detained in the Seysses remand center, near Toulouse, since June 18, 2021.

Excavator and metal detectors...

The comings and goings of gendarmerie vehicles resumed on Monday near Chemin de Drignac, after a break over the weekend.

Part of a disused section is being cleared by a mechanical shovel, noted an AFP correspondent.

Soldiers probe the ground with metal detectors in areas delimited by yellow beacons, he said.

Last week, an area located below this path, to the bottom of the valley, was raked using rotary cutters and chainsaws.

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"For the moment, nothing new, it is always the same perimeter and the same means that have been implemented" for a week, a source close to the investigation told AFP, referring to a team of one "hundred" of gendarmes and specialized soldiers.

Among them, a specialized operational search unit (FOS) of the 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment of Montauban, called upon in this type of operation to search for buried or buried bodies, as well as scientific experts from the Gendarmerie's Criminal Research Institute. national (IRCGN).

A farm particularly scrutinized by the investigators

The sector, located near a farm, had already been partly searched in the weeks following the disappearance of Delphine Jubillar.

He again caught the attention of investigators after statements by an inmate from a cell next to her husband's.

He claims that the number one suspect, who strongly denies his involvement in the disappearance of his wife, told him that he buried the body not far from the farm, which has since burned down.

The excavations undertaken could last several weeks, according to a source close to the investigation.

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