Jean-Pierre Treiber, French Prisoner, Escapes in Cardboard Box
Jean-Pierre Treiber, a double murder suspect being held at the maximum security prison in Auxerre, Burgundy, escaped from jail in a cardboard box that he has built himself.
He was loaded on to a truck with dozens of others bound for the Yonne region, southeast of the capital.
It was at some point during the journey that he broke out of his box and jumped from the lorry. The driver only noticed there was something wrong when he reached his destination and spotted a hole in the tarp and some flattened boxes.
Police have satred a hunt for Treiber with dogs and helicopters, but so far, have found nothing.
Jean-Pierre Treiber was in jail for the double murder of Geraldine Giraud, Roland Giraud's daughter, and her friend Katia Lherbier. He was due to stand trial next year. Their bodies were found on his property in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, near Paris, both of them strangled.
It was reported that the guards did not know he had gone until seven hours had passed, because he told the guards earlier that he had a meeting with his parole officer.
But Treiber's lawyer, Eric Dupond-Moretti, said his escape proved nothing.
"One can either say he's guilty and that this is proof of his guilt... or one can say he's desperate, that he no longer has faith in the justice system because he's pleaded his innocence for so long and hasn't been heard."
Treiber has denied the murders, even after he was found using one of the victim's credit cards after the crime. However, there is DNA on the tape that was used to gag the girls that doesn't match Treiber's.