It is a kayaker who alerted the emergency services last Friday, December 24. Since his boat, the sportsman had seen a lifeless body in the Doubs. The body had been taken out of the water by firefighters on Christmas Eve.

The family of Baptiste, 17, wanted since Thursday, December 2, confirmed what investigators feared: the body recovered is that of the young high school student.

On Thursday, December 2, 2021, Baptiste had disappeared from the city center at the end of the afternoon. He was last seen near Place Sainte-Bénigne, in Pontarlier, around 5 p.m.

His mother had very quickly posted messages on social networks to try to obtain information from people who would have seen or seen her son. The police had also launched an appeal for witnesses which had been massively relayed. She updated it on Monday, announcing the sad news.

The multiple excavations in the Doubs and on the outskirts of the town had not yielded anything either. A sniffer dog from the gendarmerie had marked at the height of the Pont de la Fauconnière, stopping at the edge of the Doubs, a few days ago. It was there that the teenager’s body was discovered last Friday. Since the announcement of the death, many messages of support have been sent to the bereaved family.

“The autopsy will also have to confirm the elements of investigation which could be established, by testimonies or investigations, like the absorption of alcohol”, indicate our colleagues of the Republican East. It will also be a question of whether or not there was the intervention of a third party in this tragedy.

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