11 Years After Twins’ Disappearance, the Case Is Still Unsolved — Even Though All Clues Suggest the Worst. The Case of Alessia and Livia Schepp

Yasmin Scherrer
5 min readNov 30, 2022
Livia Schepp (left) and Alessia Schepp (right); Photo Source: Stern

On a seemingly normal Friday, the six-year-old twins Alessia and Livia were taken to spend the weekend with their father; only to never return back home. The disappearance ended in a massive search covering three countries, but they were never found again, although it appears that it was their own father who killed them.

Mother Recently Announced Divorce

In early January 2011, Alessia and Livia Schepp were six years old. The twins lived in Saint-Sulpice, a village west of Lausanne, right at Lake Geneva in Vaud, Switzerland.

Their parents, Matthias Schepp and Irina Lucidi Schepp, were living separately for a few months and broke up a few weeks prior after six years of marriage. Only a few days before Alessia and Livia would become missing persons, Lucidi announced she wanted a divorce.

Nothing Seemed Unordinary — Until There Was Not Another Sign of the Twins

Friday, January 28, 2011 appeared to be a normal day. Father Matthias picked up his daughters from their mother’s home to spend the weekend with them. At first, everything seemed alright.

Matthias even sent a message to Lucidi a day later, saying that “we are all right, we’ll return on Monday.”

But on January 30, Lucidi became really worried. There was no more correspondence coming from either of the three, so she went to police.

A search for the father and daughters started right away, and this one would turn out much larger than expected after witnesses came forward with sightings in France and Italy.

Matthias Schepp and the sisters Livia and Alessia; Photo Source: News18

Testimonies Came From Everywhere

The last official sighting of Alessia and Livia was made on January 30 at 12PM, when they were seen in Saint-Sulpice for the last time. Matthias was seen crossing the border to France in his Audi A6 just hours later.

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Yasmin Scherrer

Writer and student from Switzerland • Diploma in journalism, editing, and astronomy • Ko-fi @yasminscherrer