Belgium family found dead in Swiss canton of Vaud

A Belgian couple and their 13-year-old son were found dead on Monday in their home in the municipality of Apples in western Switzerland's Vaud canton, police have said.

Belgium family found dead in Swiss canton of Vaud
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The bodies of the three were found late on Monday evening after concerned neighbours contacted the authorities, cantonal police in Vaud said in a statement.

Police are working on the theory the deaths were the result of a domestic dispute.

A police spokesperson said there was no indication at this stage that a firearm had been used. Investigations are now continuing.

Speaking about the deaths, the mayor of Apples, Marie Christine Gilliéron told the 20 Minutes news site that the news “had shaken everyone up, especially at the school which the son attended”.

According to 20 Minutes, the family had moved to Apples about a year ago. The man was a pharmaceuticals executive while his wife was a housewife, the site reported.

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Swiss man kidnapped in Zurich ‘is vaccine commission chief’

A Swiss man briefly abducted last month by a German, before his kidnapper was shot dead by police near Zurich, is the head of Switzerland's federal vaccination commission, local media reported Saturday. 

Swiss man kidnapped in Zurich 'is vaccine commission chief'

The information gives a completely different twist on the case. 

The 38-year-old German had been wanted since March 31 by the authorities after abducting a man in the canton of Zurich. 

The police did not communicate about the case until the German was shot dead this week, and did not give the identity of the abductee. 

But according to several Swiss media outlets, including the Tagesanzeiger daily and the website, the victim of the abduction is the head of the Federal Commission for Vaccinations (CFV). 

The motive for the abduction remains unclear. 

According to the Swiss online news site Watson, the German abductor had been in close contact with conspiracy theorists. 

He was killed on Wednesday night when police tried to arrest him. 

Before being shot and killed he pulled out a gun and killed a 28-year-old woman, believed to be his girlfriend, according to police. 

According to the Swiss news agency ATS, a 34-year-old Swiss man was arrested on Thursday and is believed to be linked to the abduction.