Bodies found at home of missing French family

A French family of six disappeared from Nantes, France early this month: Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes, a business manager, age 50, his wife Agnes, a school assistant, age 49, their 16-year-old daughter, Anne, and their three sons, Tomas, Arthur and Benoit, ages 21, 18 and 13 respectively.

They appeared to be an ordinary middle-class Catholic family. Yet something strange was going on: right before his disappearance, Xavier told some people that he was a secret agent and had to go into witness protection. The family had reportedly made arrangements to move to Australia, or at least said they had, which is why it took nearly two weeks before anyone realized they were in fact missing. They took their kids out of their private school and settled the bill.

Police have found three bodies on their property, and in one case a leg severed and placed apart from the rest of the corpse. (The first article I linked to just mentions a leg, but they have since turned up more. The next article contains photos of the family.) This article (which is in French; I translated it with Google), says they think the bodies are those of Agnes, Arthur and Tomas, and the apparent cause of death was gunshot wounds, though they’re still investigating. Presumably the cops are also searching for three more bodies. I don’t have much hope that anyone in that family remains alive.

Of course I don’t know a whole lot, but on the face of it, it sounds like a possible family annihilation on the part of the father, aka John List or Robert Fisher.

This is a very tragic and horrific situation. I feel sorry for the extended family.