French Alps murder probe switches to Surrey, England
French prosecutor has 'productive' talks with police in Surrey, England, over killing of family
British police say talks they held with the French prosecutor and the judge leading the probe into the killing of a British family in the French Alps last week were "extremely productive".
The attack in the village of Chevaline, near Annecy, saw Saad al-Hilli, his wife Iqbal, her mother and passing cyclist Sylvain Mollier shot dead.
The Hillis' seven-year-old daughter Zainab has been in hospital since suffering serious head injuries in the September 5 attack, which her sister Zeena, four, survived by hiding under the skirts of the dead women.
Surrey Police said they met French prosecutor Eric Maillaud, head of the investigation, along with judge Michel Mollin and members of the French paramilitary police and Britain's Crown Prosecution Service.
After arriving on Thursday in Surrey, southeast England, where the Hilli family lived, Maillaud said the cause of the killings lay in Britain.
"We are perfectly aware that Annecy is just the chance location of this drama and that it seems the origin, the causes and the explanation are here," he said in the town of Woking, Surrey.
On Thursday, the British man who discovered the victims of the shootings gave his first interview. He said the scene was like the set of a television crime show.
"It was what you would imagine a set from CSI: Miami would be like," Brett Martin said. "There was a lot of blood and heads with bullet holes in them."
He said Zainab was "prone on the road, moaning, sort of semi-conscious" when he stumbled across the scene in a forest area.
Martin, a former member of Britain's Royal Air Force, said he came across the tragic scene during a bicycle ride in the Alps.
As he climbed a hill near Chevaline, he was confronted with the bloodbath, first spotting a French cyclist who was shot dead. "It was the sort of thing you would never in your life expect to come across," he said.
"As I approached the scene, the first thing I saw was a bike on its side. I had seen the cyclist ahead of me much earlier so I thought he was just having a rest.
"As I got a little bit closer, a very young child stumbled out onto the road and at first I thought she was actually just playing with her sibling because she sort of looked, from a distance, as if she was falling over, larking about like a child would.
"However, as I approached her it was obvious that she was quite badly injured. As I got even closer, it seemed like there had been a terrible car accident."