“The Grenoble public prosecutor’s office has entrusted an investigation to the research section of the Grenoble gendarmerie following an anonymous letter implicating N. Lelandais”, indicated in a press release the public prosecutor of Grenoble, Éric Vaillant, confirming information from Marianne and BFMTV.
The letter in question was sent in February 2022 to the association Assistance and Search for Disappeared Persons (ARPD), its president Pascale Bathany told AFP.
She arrived while Nordahl Lelandais was in the middle of a trial before the Assize Court of Isère for the murder of little Maëlys De Araujo, a highly publicized hearing.
The letter, typed and dated February 9, 2022, recounts how the anonymous author and Lelandais, who at the time were friends and walked their dogs together in the area, “had a problem” with a man they met on the way, so that they were going to Saint-Hilaire-du-Touvet in the Chartreuse massif.
“A weird guy was in the middle of the road on a bend towards a disabled people’s home and Nono (nickname of Nordahl Lelandais, editor’s note) stopped and got out of the car insulting him, and the guy drove off. running in the forest and Nono released the three dogs who left after the guy. They came back a good while later and we did not see the guy again”, according to the text of the letter read to AFP by Ms. Bathany .
The man in question could be a 43-year-old autistic man who was then living in a nearby disabled people’s home and whose body had been found at the foot of a rocky outcrop, she believes, indicating that she carried out searches after receipt of the letter.
“While searching, I came across this disappearance, this death, this person who had been found at the bottom of the cliff and it corresponded to the exact place mentioned in the letter”, underlines Ms. Bathany. “The facts were told very clearly.”
The association then quickly notified the police, she said, saying she did not know why the author of the letter at the time addressed the association rather than the police. “Maybe the person was not well and they had to say it,” she says.
Nordahl Lelandais was sentenced on February 18 to life imprisonment for the murder of little Maëlys De Araujo in August 2017 when he was already serving a 20-year prison sentence for the murder of a young soldier a few months later. early.