SAINT-SULPICE, Switzerland — The mother of the missing Swiss twins and dozens of her supporters sought to encourage authorities on Wednesday to keep up their search in the hopes that the 6-year-old girls remain alive.
With hopes of finding the girls dimming since they disappeared Jan. 30 from this wealthy lakefront community, about 200 friends and neighbours including some of the girls’ classmates took to the streets in a last-minute march organized through a popular Facebook page set up to assist in the search.
The 2-kilometre (1.2 mile) walk along the shoreline of Lake Geneva wound past elegant homes, the girls’ school and a 12th-century church before ending at the apartment complex of the girls’ mother Irina Lucidi.
Many people here, including Lucidi, believe they are still alive.
Sandrine Porchet said the aim of the march was to spread hope and to encourage authorities to keep looking for her friend Lucidi’s missing daughters Alessia and Livia.
“She hasn’t given up hope. Me, neither,” Porchet said. “We want to encourage everyone to hope with us, and to continue to (search). I think the pictures around are very useful … maybe all around the world.”
Swiss and French authorities have repeatedly said they continue to actively search for the girls. Swiss police in the canton (state) of Vaud did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
As police stood by at her apartment complex, Lucidi emerged briefly to offer her thanks and accept some flowers from some young girls, but was too emotional to say more than a few words.
“Thank you for the solidarity. Thank you!” she said, choking up. Some supporters also began crying.