Three of the four people killed were found in a British-registered BMW estate car. The fourth victim, a cyclist who arrived at the scene by chance, was named Thursday as Sylvain Mollier, a local father.
Police sources have confirmed that the car belonged to Saad al-Hilli, a 50-year-old born in Iraq but resident in Surrey in the southeast of England.
The elder of two women found dead in the back seat of the car was identified as a Swedish passport holder. A younger woman, thought to be al-Hilli’s wife, was carrying an Iraqi passport.
Maillaud also cast light on how a four-year-girl who was in the car at the time of the shooting managed to survive having appeared “completely invisible” under the skirt of her mother.
The little girl spent eight hours crouching beneath her mother’s corpse after the first firemen and police officers to arrive on the scene failed to spot her.