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Five dead found in a car at the bottom of a lake in Saint-Raphaël


The bodies of five people were found in a car submerged at the bottom of a lake in the town of Saint-Raphaël (Var), the Draguignan prosecutor’s office told AFP on Wednesday, August 18.

The discovery was made following research carried out by divers from the nautical brigade on Wednesday morning, the daily “Var-Matin” said by revealing this information.

“The vehicle being put out of water around noon allowed the extrication of five bodies. It was about four young men and a young girl “, said the prosecutor in a press release on Wednesday afternoon.

It seems “These are young people who were having a party and whose disappearance was reported by their parents Tuesday evening, but only a formal identification will confirm or not this hypothesis”, Patrice Camberou added to AFP.

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One of their comrades told the police that they had never been seen again during an evening in which the young people, about 20 years old, were participating.

The geolocation of the telephones having given nothing, searches were then undertaken in the lake of Dramont, an artificial body of water on the site of old quarries.

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A medico-psychological unit has been set up by the Draguignan prosecutor’s office, in conjunction with the municipality of Saint-Raphaël, the sub-prefecture of Var and the Association for assistance to victims of offenses in Var (AAVIV), to take in charge of the relatives of these people while awaiting their formal identification.



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