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Alps murder police make plea for BMW owner

Saad al-Hilli, who died in a gun attack in the French Alps. Photo:

Detectives are seeking new leads in the case of the British family gunned down in the French Alps last September.

No arrests have yet been made over the deaths of engineer Saad al-Hilli, his wife, mother-in-law and a French cyclist.

Caravan and tent used by Saad al-Hilli and his family at the Le Solitaire du Lac campsite. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Police are looking for a 4x4 vehicle, possibly a grey, black or dark coloured BMW X5, was being driven on the Combre d'Ire Road, Chevaline at around 3.20pm on September 5.

Were you on holiday in the French Alps at the time? Did you visit the Annecy area?

I am particularly keen to speak to any owner of such a vehicle who visited the towns of Doussard or Chevaline on the afternoon of September 5 as they may be able to provide vital information to assist with this ongoing joint investigation…

This was a shocking crime and we remain committed to working with our colleagues in France to find whoever was responsible and bring them to justice.

– Detective Superintendent Nick May

Eric Maillaud, the Annecy prosecutor who is leading the inquiry, has admitted that the case may never be solved.

Surrey Police outside the home of Saad Al-Hilli in Claygate, Surrey. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

It was recently reported that French police contaminated vital evidence from the crime scene.

Saad Al-Hilli, 50, died alongside his wife Ikbal, 47, and his mother-in-law Suhalia Al-Allaf, 74, in their BMW car.

The al-Hillis' four-year-old daughter Zeena lay undiscovered under her mother's body for eight hours after the shooting, while sister Zainab, 7, suffered serious injures after being shot.

Sylvain Mollier, a 45-year-old French cyclist, was also killed.

The investigation featured on BBC Crimewatch this evening.