The man committed suicide earlier this week.
In a statement seen by CNN, Paris prosecutor Laure Beccuau said DNA tests had “established a link between the genetic profile found at several crime scenes and that of the dead man.”
Authorities were looking for the perpetrator of five crimes committed between 1986 and 1994, including “rape of a 15-year-old minor, murders, attempted homicide, armed robberies, usurpation of title and kidnapping and the kidnapping of a 15-year-old person, “said the prosecutor.
According to his statement, the evidence gathered suggests that the person responsible may have been an officer from the army police division at the time of the crimes, and investigators were able to isolate the author’s DNA profile.
The 59-year-old man, who lived in the south of France, was told on September 24 that he would be examined on Wednesday as part of the investigation. About 750 men exercising the military police in the Paris region at the time of the facts were arrested.
The prosecutor said the man was reported missing by his wife on Monday and found dead in the southern town of Grau-du-Roi two days later, the day of his scheduled interrogation.
Beccuau said he first served in the military police division before joining the police force and retired at the time of his death.
Citing local media, BFMTV said Verove left a suicide note confessing he was a murderer but did not give the names of his victims. However, he said he had “pulled himself together” and had “done nothing since 1997”.
Former police chief Christian Flaesch, who investigated the rape and murder of 11-year-old Cecile Bloch in 1986, linked Verove to the crime in an interview with BFMTV on Friday and said new technologies had made it easier to breakthrough in the case.
BFMTV also said the man was suspected of murdering Irmgard Mueller, 20, and Gilles Politi, 38, in 1987.
The suspect was nicknamed “Le GrÃªlÃ©” or “Hailed Man” in local media, after the Bloch family described a man they saw in their hallway at the time of Cecile’s murder, according to BFMTV.
“I feel both satisfaction and also pain for the Bloch family,” said Thursday Bernard Pasqualini, former investigator in charge of the case in 1986, in an interview with BFMTV. “This man will go unpunished.”
CNN’s Allegra Goodwin, Sarah Dean, and Amy Cassidy contributed to this report.