The remains of a nine-year-old who disappeared from a wedding celebration in the French Alps have been found, authorities said.
The Grenoble prosecutor said Nordahl Lelandais, a 34-year-old man, told investigatorshe killed her “involuntarily,” hid the body and then returned to the wedding party before eventually dumping the body in the ravine.
Her disappearance prompted nationwide concern.
Lelandais had been a guest at the wedding on 27 August in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, near the mountain city of Chambery.
The prosecutor said Lelandais did not explain the circumstances of the girl’s death.
A former army dog handler, Lelandais had already been charged in her disappearance.
Maelys went missing at some point after 3am on 27 August. She was at the wedding with her parents and her older sister and was last seen in a play room in the village hall in Pont-de-Beauvoisin.
After she disappeared, around 100 officers, including divers and dog handlers, launched a massive search of the nearby area, trawling through dense woodland and a river.