LYON, France – INTERPOL has issued an international Yellow Notice missing persons alert for six-year-old twin girls taken from their home in Switzerland by their father who has been found dead in Italy.
Their father died in an apparent suicide.
Alessia and Livia Schepp were reported missing on Sunday 30 January after they were abducted from their home in St Sulpice in western Switzerland by their father Matthias, whose body was found near Bari in Italy on Thursday 3 February. The body of Matthias Kaspar Schepp, 43, a Canadian-born resident of Switzerland, was found by a railway station near the southern Italian port city Bari shortly before 11 p.m. on Thursday, according to Swiss police in the canton (state) of Vaud. Authorities believe Schepp, who was separated from his wife, threw himself under a train
The Yellow Notice was issued at the request of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Berne and has been distributed to all of INTERPOL’s 188 member countries. Yellow Notices are circulated by INTERPOL to help locate missing persons, especially children.
At the time of their disappearance, Livia was wearing a green T-shirt, jeans, a violet ski jacket and Adidas trainers and Alessia was wearing a red and white striped T-shirt, jeans, brown jacket and black shoes. Both girls have blonde hair and are 115cm tall.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the sisters is asked to contact the Swiss investigating authorities on +41 21 644 82 31 or their nearest police station.
INTERPOL’s Command and Co-ordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon will be treating any messages relating to this case as a priority and is maintaining close contact with NCB Berne to ensure any vital information is immediately shared and acted upon.
Interpol press release 05.02.11