Luxembourg man missing for five years
(CS) Every year, the International Day of the Disappeared remembers individuals who went missing and were never found again, with the fate of several people from Luxembourg also unresolved to this day.
François Thillman from Beringen went missing without a trace on December 11, 2010. When the 28-year-old was last seen he was reportedly injured and his glasses were broken – signs pointing towards the young man being in some sort of danger.
The circumstances of Thillman's disappearance remain mysterious. He spent the night of December 10, 2010, with three friends in Ivry-sur-Seine, south-east of the Paris city centre.
The three men had planned to attend a party organised via Facebook. However, when they reached the venue, a warehouse in Rue Jean Jaurès, they were denied entry. They tried hailing a cab but were refused by the driver for carrying alcohol, which they had brought for the party.
A second driver stopped and Thillman's three friends boarded the vehicle. Thillman, however, stayed behind. The reason for this remains unclear. One of his friends tried to follow him but failed to catch up with Thillman who ran away.
Several hours later he was seen for the last time.
A witness, who said he did not know Thillman but had spotted him trying to enter the party, said that the had knocked on the door of his apartment at 4am that night. He had a facial injury and his glasses were broken, according to the witness. Thillman left the scene and has not been seen since.
Despite thorough investigations by Luxembourg and French authorities, Thillman remains unfound. A witness appeal launched in 2013 failed to yield new results.
Toddler and infant also missing
But Thillman is not the only Luxembourg national missing.
Since March 26 this year, Eddine Benhamouda from Dudelange is missing, with little information available about the circumstances of the disappearance of the 14-month-old boy.
The father of the boy reportedly lives in Tunisia. It was his brother who filed the missing person report. A European arrest warrant has been issued against the boy's Ukrainian mother for kidnapping. The mother, too, has disappeared.
Most recently, a 1-month-old baby went missing in Luxembourg – Bianka Bisdorff from Pétange. A pond in Linger, where he witness said he spotted a woman with a baby, was drained but a search for the infant failed. The mother has been taken into custody.
Without the body some hope remains but, as in all unresolved missing person cases, so does uncertainty over what occurred.
Reporting by Steve Remesch