A French serial killer has been found dead after 35 years on the run, just as police were closing in on is identity.
The 59-year-old armed forces officer — nicknamed 'Le Grele' or 'pockmarked' — had been wanted by police since the 1980s for the murder and rape of young girls.
But the man, named as Francois Verove, committed suicide in a rented apartment on the Mediterranean coast leaving a written confession, a source close to the case told AFP.
In his most notorious case, he was suspected of raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl named Cecile, who was found dead in the basement of the Paris building where she lived.
He was also believed to have strangled a couple to death in the central Marais district of the capital in 1987.
A 59-year-old French serial killer has been found dead after 35 years on the run. The man had been wanted by police since the 1980s. He was nicknamed 'Le