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Friday, 26 November, 1999, 18:47 GMT
Police step up rail death inquiry
isabel peake appeal poster A poster appealing for witnesses is being displayed at railway stations

Police in France investigating the death of British student Isabel Peake have drawn up a photofit image of a key witness they want to question.

The Birmingham University student's body was found beside a railway line at Bourges, near Limoges last month.

The image has been produced by officers using descriptions received in calls to a hotline set up after the 20-year-old's death.

Ms Peake, of Barlaston, Staffordshire, is thought to have fallen or been pushed from a speeding overnight train as she travelled back to the UK from Limoges, where she was an exchange student.

Isabel Peake poster appeal Isabel's body was found by a railway line in France last month
Officers from Bourges have questioned rail travellers on the Brive-Paris Austerlitz service which Miss Peake is thought to have boarded on 13 October.

A colour photograph of the third-year French and law student has been put up in stations along the route in an attempt to trace passengers from the train who have not yet been questioned.

Earlier this month French magistrates investigating the student's death visited England as part of their inquiry.

The move came amid criticism of the French police's handling of the case.

Miss Peake's parents say they came up against a wall of bureaucracy following their daughter's death, while police have been criticised for failing to take the train on which she was travelling out of service until six days after she died.

One line of investigation French police have been following is that Miss Peake may have been killed by a gang of "delinquents" who regularly use trains similar to the one she was travelling on.

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