French murder exposed 36 years after the crime

Prosecutors think the murder was caused by a “controversy”. (agent)

Grenoble, France:

French prosecutors said on Thursday they had uncovered a cold 36-year-old case against a man accused of killing a young woman who had gone missing in a small Alpine town in the 1980s.

Marie-Therese Bonfanti, a 25-year-old mother of two, went missing while delivering newspapers in Pontcharra, northeast of Grenoble, and her body was never found.

Local prosecutor Eric Vaillant said a man had been charged with her murder and “confessed to killing her” while in custody.

He was considered a suspect at the time of his disappearance because of his violent character.

Prosecutors believe the murder was caused by a “dispute” rather than being sexually motivated.

The case was reopened in 2020 because of the campaigning by the family of Marie-Thérse Bonfanti and her husband.

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