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Case File 4144DMFRA


Marius Henry Godard
Missing since September 1, 1999 from Saint Malo, France
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
On September 1, 1999 Dr Yves Godard chartered a yacht from St Malo in the north of France with his family. When he failed to return, police searched his home in Normandy and found blood on the walls which matched that of his wife, Marie-France. Blood stains, identified as belonging to Dr Godard's wife, Marie-France, were found in the family's pick-up truck, abandoned on the quayside in St Malo in September.
The skull of one of his children, Camille Godard, has since been dredged up by fishermen in the bay of Saint-Brieuc, northern France. The discovery of the child's skull, only 25 miles off St Malo where the doctor and children were last seen, suggests that he may have deliberately sunk the yacht, killing all aboard.
The trawlermen had found part of another, larger skull a few minutes earlier but had thrown it back into the sea.
A dinghy from the yacht, the Nick, was found 100 miles to the west, off the Breton coast, four days after the Godards sailed. A life-jacket was found 100 miles to the north, near Cherbourg. Three weeks later, the yacht's rubber dinghy washed ashore in Dorset. Its tow-line had been cut with a knife. In January 2000, a fishing boat recovered a bag containing Godard family clothes and documents, off the Breton coast near the place where the dinghy of the Nick was found.
Mrs Godard's body has never been found, despite the dragging of lakes and digging of fields near the family home, south of Caen, in Calvados.
In October 2006, a trawler sailing off Roscoff recovered human bones in the nets. They were identified by DNA as the doctor's remains.
Marius is still missing.

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Interpol France

Agency Case Number: F-14/2-2000

Source Information:
The Independent

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