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Thursday 16 August 2018

Twins' dad searched internet for poison

The father of missing Swiss twins trawled the internet for information on firearms, poisons and suicide days before he apparently killed himself in Italy, Swiss police said.

A search for the blonde six-year-olds, Alessia and Livia, has been under way since January 30, when their Swiss mother reported them missing. And in an ominous sign, Italian authorities now say the father took the girls to Corsica -- but left the French island alone.

Police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel told reporters that analysis of the father's work computer had turned up the new leads and the investigation was also now focusing on his behaviour before he disappeared.

"Before leaving Switzerland he researched sites on the Internet for information on firearms and various methods of suicide, different poisoning techniques and ferry timetables," Sauterel told reporters.

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