“We have been waiting for two months to recover the body of our sister”

“We don’t understand what is happening, we would like to have answers”. For two months, Ali Griche has been desperate to be able to recover the remains of his sister. Ouarda, 58, died on August 6 in a fire in her apartment in Rillieux-la-Pape, near Lyon. An apartment she had just moved into. “She had only been living there for two days. We were now next to each other, ”recalls his brother.

What happened that night? A badly extinguished cigarette, ashes fallen on a cushion could be the cause of the accident. The fire started from the balcony. Ouarda, who resided on the first floor, is the only person to have perished in the flames. “We were called in the morning around 6.30-7am to tell us that my sister had died and was found burned to death in her apartment. My brother immediately went there. I stayed with our mother,” Ali continues.

“We are strolling”

As required by the procedure, the body of the victim was transferred to the forensic institute of Lyon. “To positively identify him, we were asked to provide DNA results and x-rays,” Ali explains. The family collects the requested documents and sends them “one to two weeks” after the death of the frail Ouarda. “Since then, we have been walking around. Three weeks ago I called. It was a Wednesday. I was told that his body would be returned to us two days later, on Friday. Nothing happened, we are still waiting, ”he laments.

The burial permit has still not been issued. The emails sent to the departments concerned remain a dead letter. The police say they are doing their job, the forensic institute too. “We would like to understand why it takes so long, above all we would like to have explanations because everyone is passing the buck. And we still don’t know anything, deplores Ali Grishe. My brothers and sisters and I, we cash in but the hardest thing is for mom. She fell into depression. »

On Wednesday, the man went to the forensic institute accompanied by his mother. This time, they were able to meet the doctor who performed the autopsy and obtain very little information. “He told us that there were still examinations to be carried out because he suspected a case of abuse. Ouarda, who lived alone and had no children, was anorexic. “She was in poor health. Sometimes she fell and was hospitalized. Maybe that’s what raised doubts, ”says Ali. The family feels left out. Almost forgotten. “The most unbearable thing is the silence. The fact of having no information, nor still no date on which we could finally say goodbye to my sister, ”concludes Ali.

The Lyon public prosecutor’s office that we have contacted has not yet responded.

Source: 20Minutes – Une by www.20minutes.fr.

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