Sunday, 16 March 2008

Progression of the research

9 April:

March 30:

The last place we know Jean-Baptiste has been:
His family thinks he could have tried to go camping in the area, as Jean-Baptiste has a tent and likes to sleep out rather than paying a hotel.

Also this is not far from the Hindi film studios, Jean-Baptiste could have wanted to visit the area:
March 19:

The Indian Police and the Consulate are doing a lot, 2 people in the consulate a spending all their time on the case, and the Indian police is doing a lot too.

Many people are helping us over there. Our hopes are high.

In France also the justice is in contact with us and it might become very positive.

March 18:

New informations regarding JB's bank withdrawals on the 5th of December.

- 1st withdrawal at 09H39 local time.
(Andheri Kurla Rd)
- 2nd withdrawal at 18H02 local time.
(ATM Name SRPF GoregaonAddress State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), Goregaon (E), Mumbai 400 065Mumbai)

This indicates he was heading North, instead of South as we thought.

March 14:

The immigration services confirmed that JB was in the plane and arrived to Mumbai.
He wrote on the "contacts in India": Mumbai, New Dehli, Calcutta

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Missing: Jean-Baptiste Talleu

Missing French cyclist (Mumbai to South India?):

Jean-Baptiste Talleu

Young French cyclist - 26 years old, 5ft10, 1m80, disappeared in India since 5th of December 2007, when arriving to Mumbai.

If you have information, if you have seen him, please contact: (his mother) +336 22078234 +333 83 406584
or +447981959212 (his brother in London)
or +91 (22)22621549 (Missing Person Bureau, Mumbai)

Here are two photos of Jean-Baptiste Talleu,
a French cycling from France to Asia.

He was regularly giving news to his parents, and they
can record his banking activity through the internet.

Since the 5th of December he didn't give any news.
He took a flight from Dubai to Mumbai (Bombay) the
4th December and effectively arrived as he withdrew
money from the bank this day in Mumbai. But since
then, nothing, no news, no mail, no withdrawal. We
worry a lot.

He intended to cycle towards the south of India, but
something might have happen to him and he could have
never left Bombay, the last place we presume he's
He travels with a Lonely Planet guide, which means he
probably goes through typical areas mentioned in the

He is 26 years old, measures 5ft10, 1,80m, long dark brown
curly hair, always tied, thin. Always wears beige,
brown, dark blue or black clothes, never colourful.

If you happen to live in the area, or go through
there while you travel, please look around and
display a poster with his pictures.
Here are the areas it is most likely to be helpful
displaying his missing poster:

  • Around Mumbai airport
  • Andheri Kurla Road (The last place we assume he was, to withdraw money)
  • Any area in Mumbai where tourists usually go for cheap hotel (Colaba)
  • Any touristic area where it is most likely travellers go by (Goa, Gokarna, Hampi, Kochi, Ooty, Mysore, Allepey, Munnar, Varkala)
  • Gateway of India, where tourists usually take a boat to cross the peninsula
  • If you go in any hotel or Guesthouse, please show his picture and ask
  • The region of Pune, in the ashrams where he could have ended up
The word document printable poster:

Missing person: JB Talleu

Or Pdf file:

Missing person: JB Talleu
Personne disparue: JB Talleu

Putting up posters and passing his picture around
will be very helpful; we are counting a lot on this.
Thank you very much.

Details about Jean-Baptiste's trip

Jean-Baptiste Talleu, 26 yrs old, a fervent roman catholic living with his parents Pierre Talleu and Marie-Claire Talleu.

Family of 7 children from 19 to 34 yrs old. He's 4th or 5th with his twin sister, who lives in London.

Jean-Baptiste was working as a web designer but didn't want to spend his life in front of a computer and wanted to do something else with his life, so he left his job, bought a touring bike and decided to travel around the world with it, after a few little trips to Germany, Corsica, Holland, etc to train his cycling. In the beginning of July he joined the rest of the family for a week holiday in the south of France. At the end of these holiday, (18th of July 2007) he started his trip, going through these countries:

Italy, Croatia, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Iran.

He couldn't get his visa for Pakistan. 25th of November he took a boat from Bandar Langeh, south of Iran, to Dubai. On the 2nd of December, from Dubai, he talked for a long time to his mother on the MSN messenger. She asked him as a joke if he was coming home for Christmas, and he replied: "certainly not, my trip is getting more and more interesting!"
She asked him where he wanted to go in India, but he replied he will see when he gets there. She gave him addresses of religious community and he accepts, happy. She gave him 2 addresses in Pondichery, but we checked he never got there.
His mother then bought for him a plane ticket from Dubai to Mumbai.

Tuesday 4th December :[Dubai (DXB) 17:00 - Mumbai (BOM) 21;15 Terminal 2]
Air India, flight 716

On the 5th of December, she supposed he got to Mumbai because she saw he withdrew 1000INR and 10000INR. (She can access his bank account on the internet). In Andheri Kurla Road, next to the airport.

But she was surprised he didn't get back to her as he promised, when he got to Mumbai.
Days pass, he doesn't read the e-birthday card she sent him (11th December) and he doesn't give any news for Christmas, no activity in his bank account, we supposed he took 10000 to get out of the city and couldn't find internet then.

-12th of January his mother alerts the foreign ministry.

-9th February her husband puts a file for research in interest of families.

-3rd of March they file a complaint against X to the district attorney of Nancy.

-7th of March, his India visa expires. and our friend in India files a complaint to the police.

-10th of March, his parents write to the Indian embassy in France to ask them to support their complaint in Mumbai.

-14th of March, his parents sent a letter to Nicolas Sarkosy.

-16th of April, a Juge is assigned to the case, it is Mr Eric Virbel

-28th of April, JeanBaptiste's parents are meeting the juge Virbel

-02th of May, 3 family members arrive in Mumbai

There is no doubt today that something happened to him. We have no idea where he is. He could be anywhere in India, but he could still be in Mumbai.

Pictures of Jean-Baptiste

More pictures of Jean-Baptiste Talleu