Murder of Maëlys: a reminder of the facts
Maëlys De Araujo, 8, had disappeared during a wedding party at the Pont-de-Beauvoisin multipurpose hall on the night of Saturday August 26 to Sunday August 27, 2017. Around 3 a.m., her mother had given the alert and the guests had launched the first searches. The gendarmerie, notified an hour later, had triggered a large-scale device.
Very quickly, a man had intrigued by his behavior. A last-minute guest, Nordahl Lelandais, 34 at the time, had spoken with the girl during the evening and was absent at the time of the disappearance, placing his phone in “airplane” mode. He returned to the village hall shortly after, without participating in the search, before slipping away.
On September 3, he was indicted after the discovery of a DNA trace in his vehicle, but it took six months for him to confess and lead the investigators to the body, abandoned in a steep site of the Massif de the Charterhouse. He then admits to having killed the little girl “involuntarily” by striking her very violently in the face.