Probe shows French family were murdered in Cambodia

The 4×4 containing the bodies of Laurent Vallier and his four young children is seen in a pond behind a house in Kampong Speu province, on January 14, 2012

A Frenchman and his four young children, whose skeletal remains were found in a submerged car in Cambodia two years ago, were murdered, a judge said Tuesday, after a probe by forensic experts.

The family’s badly decomposed bodies were discovered inside widower Laurent Vallier’s white 4×4 vehicle after it was retrieved from a large pond behind his house in southern Kampong Speu province in January 2012.

Vallier, 42, and his two sons and two daughters — aged between two and nine — had been missing since September 2011.