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Missing wife of runaway doctor.

THIS is Marie-France Godard, who police believe was murdered by her doctor husband - now being hunted in Scotland.

Marie-France's blood was found in the family home in Brittany after a violent argument but her body has never been traced.

Her husband, Dr Yves Godard, fled with their young children and headed for Britain in a stolen yacht more than a month ago. The last positive sighting was on Lewis in the Western Isles last week, when he bought a ferry ticket for the mainland.

Senior Scottish detectives have joined the hunt but have been ordered by French investigators to keep the inquiry top secret.

Last night, they feared elusive Godard, 44, had once again slipped through the net.

Speaking exclusively to the Record, Marie-France's family said they feared they would never see her again. Englishman Peter Crane, who is married to her older sister, Martine, said: "As time goes on and we hear nothing of her, we worry deep down that what the police believe is true."

Meanwhile, a police insider said the wanted man could easily still be in Scotland.

He said: "If you want to stay one step ahead of the hunter, the Highlands are perfect in a lot of ways.

"If you are spotted, you have hours to find a new hiding place before the police reach you last port of call.

"But, sooner or later, a man with a French accent and two young children is going to stick out like a sore thumb, especially when his photograph is plastered all over the place."

The authorities are becoming increasingly concerned that Godard has given them the slip.

French detectives are now believed to have left Lewis, having exhausted all avenues.

After they discovered he had bought a ferry ticket to Ullapool, they lay in wait for him. But he failed to appear to board the ferry and now the search has gone cold again.

There was also speculation last night that the French police had enlisted the help of the RAF to monitor a suspicious yacht believed to be on course for the Faroe Islands. But a RAF spokesman denied any involvement.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 28, 1999
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