French police have arrested a suspect over the unsolved 2012 murder of a British family and a French citizen in the Alps.
There were few details provided, but police stated that a man was being held “in order to do verifications regarding his schedule.”
Saad al-Hilli, his wife Iqbal, Mrs al-mother Hilli’s Suhaila al-Allaf, and a cyclist named Sylvain Mollier were discovered shot to death on a road near Lake Annecy.
The attack was survived by the al-Hillis’ two young daughters.
Zeena, who was four years old at the time, was discovered hiding under her mother’s body inside the family car.
Zainab, who was seven years old at the time, was discovered with serious head injuries after being shot and beaten.
They were given new identities and interviewed again in 2020 to try to make progress on the case.
French investigators have looked into several theories, including a family feud or Mr al-work Hilli’s as a satellite engineer, as possible explanations for the attack, but the case remains unsolved.
Several people have been arrested in connection with the deaths, but no charges have been filed.
Mollier had no connection to the British family, according to investigators, and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.