Eight people were arrested and taken into police custody earlier this week in the Paris region and in the Haut-Rhin in the investigation into the death of Eliot Charlet, a 24-year-old Frenchman, whose body was half discovered. burned in a forest in Croatia on March 20. Six of them were indicted on Thursday, June 23 and five were remanded in custody.
New developments in the Eliot Charlet affair. Eight people suspected of being involved in the murder of a 24-year-old Frenchman in Croatia in March 2020 were arrested earlier this week in the Paris region and in the Haut-Rhin, indicates The Parisian.
Found strangled, the charred body
The charred body of young Eliot Charlet, originally from Morbihan and who left on a trip on February 25, 2020, was found by a Croatian photographer on March 20 of the same year. According to the autopsy, he received severe blows to the head and was strangled.
Still according to our colleagues from the newspaper Le Parisien, the investigators are interested in the life of the victim. They find no trace of the restaurant where the Breton was supposed to work during his stay and discover the existence of three death insurances subscribed two years earlier by the young man, for a particularly exorbitant amount: one million two hundred thousand euros. Yet Eliot was in good health and had no personal savings.
By digging, the police discover that the original beneficiary of these insurances is a young woman from Haut-Rhin, who has no connection with the young man. The latter would in fact be the companion of Erwan G., 45, well known to the police for fraud. According to the investigation, Eliot and Erwan G. met a few years ago while carpooling. Another surprising element: shortly before his departure for Croatia, Eliot would have placed the crook as the new beneficiary of the death insurance.
Erwan G. would have in fact convinced the victim to take out death insurance and would then have planned that the young Breton would pretend to be dead in Croatia in an accident by establishing a false death certificate. He would then have lived under a new identity and, once the money was released, he would have shared the fruit of the contracts with his fellow scammer. Something on the spot would not have gone as planned and the scam would have turned into assassination for an as yet undetermined motive.
The investigations reported by The Parisian and picked up by Agence France Presse show that Erwan G. was also in Croatia at the same time. In police custody, the forties in the sights of justice formally contested any involvement in the murder of Eliot Charlet.
Two other tracks are also exploited by the investigators: that of a 50-year-old man living in the Oise and originally from Eastern Europe. According to sources quoted by the daily The Parisianhe could have allowed Erwan G. to come into contact with a network of Croatian contract killers.