Officials in Bordeaux announced that a body was found last week near the banks of a river into which Chinese billionaire Lam Kok crashed his helicopter with his son and two others inside while touring the grounds of a wine estate he had just purchased.
An unnamed source told AFP that the body was recently found by a neighboring resident but has not yet been confirmed as Lam’s.
“The site of the discovery is located between the site of the crash and the place where the bodies of two other passengers were found,” an official said.
“But we have to wait for DNA matches as part of the forensic investigation,” he said.
Forty-six-year-old Lam was head of Hong Kong-based Brilliant group, specializing in luxury teas and hotels. He had just purchased the Château de La Rivière vineyard in Bordeaux and was touring the property in a helicopter with the previous owner James Grégoire, who was piloting, along with an interpreter and his 12-year-old son before it crashed into the Dordogne River on December 20.
The three other bodies have been found and identified but the Lam’s is still missing.
Lam’s wife, Liu Xiangyun, had decided to pull out of the tour last minute in December, saying that she was “scared of helicopters”.
Grégoire, who died in the crash the day Lam bought the estate, had bought the chateau in 2003 after the previous owner had died in a plane crash.