‘Ex-CIA psychic claims he already told police where Émile Soleil’s body would be found before the tragic child’s remains were discovered’

A former CIA psychic has claimed he had already told police where the body of missing French toddler Émile Soleil would be found before Saturday’s horror discovery.

Major Ed Dames, 74, said he used a technique called ‘remote viewing’ to locate the two-year-old in the idyllic mountain hamlet of Le Vernet after his sudden disappearance from his grandparents’ home last July.

The method ostensibly used by American and Soviet agents during the Cold War sees psychics gain access to ‘remote geographical targets otherwise inaccessible’, ‘looking into the distance and the future’, merely by thinking.

Maj Dames showed it The sun emails he sent to police last December claiming Émile was “on or near” a field next to where hikers found the bones and skull on March 31.

“It took me two days,” he told the newspaper. ‘I jumped on it straight away. I knew this was a serious matter and the sense of urgency was high.”

Maj Dames worked as an operations and training officer at the joint CIA-Army Psychic Intelligence Unit, a now-defunct project that inspired the 2009 book and black comedy “The Men Who Stare at Goats.”

Ramblers discovered the remains of two-year-old Émile Soleil (pictured) near the remote family home where he went missing in July last year

Emile disappeared from a family home in July last year, before Saturday's shocking discovery

Emile disappeared from a family home in July last year, before Saturday’s shocking discovery

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The bones and skull of young Émile were found by hikers on Saturday ‘on a path between the church and the chapel’ of the quiet mountain village of Le Vernet, according to the mayor François Balique.

The spot, barely a kilometer from where Émile disappeared in July while staying with his grandfather, had already been combed by gendarmes with a “tooth comb,” the mayor told Le Figaro.

He said it was “absolutely incomprehensible” that Émile himself had gotten into trouble – and sources close to the investigation are now theorizing whether the bones could have been moved.

“Animals are unlikely to bring human remains back to the village where someone has gone missing,” the source said.

“This leads to the theory that someone returned Émile’s remains, possibly very recently.”

Mayor Balique said Monday he could not understand why the remains had not been found earlier.

‘There are people who regularly use the path in the area. I used it last week. The volunteer searchers have been there, I’m sure.

‘I was there during the beating (on the ground by those looking for Émile) and the gendarmes could not have missed him with the dogs.

‘There was even felling there in the autumn. The woodcutters saw nothing either. It’s incomprehensible.’

Gilles Thézan, a resident of Haut-Vernet, told Le Parisien: ‘There is a trick going on.

‘The body was found only one or two kilometers from Haut-Vernet, in a place that had already been searched and searched again, mainly with dogs.

‘Everything was raked from top to bottom. There’s no way anyone wouldn’t have seen it before.”

Marie-Laure Pezant, a spokeswoman for the gendarmerie, said the bones may have been placed there by a person or animal, or moved by changing weather patterns.

The police do not rule out that the remains were missed last summer due to the heavy undergrowth in the area at the time.

According to figures from Haut-Vernet, only 25 people live there The BBCand Major Balique has said since the discovery that he “cannot help but believe that an adult is involved in this case.”

‘Emile would never have gone alone to where he was found.’

Émile’s parents, Marie and Colomban Soleil, talked about their “pain and sadness” in a statement they gave to the press through their lawyer Jerome Triomphe on Easter Sunday.

‘This heartbreaking news was feared… (They) know on this Resurrection Sunday that Émile watches over them in the light and tenderness of God.

‘Marie and Colomban would like to thank everyone who helped and supported them, as well as the investigating judges and detectives, for their work, their professionalism, their personal commitment and their humanity that has given them these past months and especially on this day… But the pain and the sadness remains’.

‘The time has come for mourning, reflection and prayer.’

Police closed the village to everyone except researchers and residents on March 27

Police closed the village to everyone except researchers and residents on March 27

Restrictions remain in place while police gather more information about the remains found today

Restrictions remain in place while police gather more information about the remains found today

There had been no trace of Émile since he went missing eight months ago

There had been no trace of Émile since he went missing eight months ago

José Morale, mayor of La Bouilladisse, the town near Marseille where Émile’s family lives most of the year, said: ‘We will do our best to support them.

‘It is very complicated for the parents. There is no relief, the sorrow is endless, we are all depressed.’

Hikers found the bones of missing Émile near the house, ending a desperate search lasting more than eight months.

A statement released on Sunday by prosecutors in Aix-en-Provence said “genetic analysis identifies” the bones as belonging to Émile.

It added that a “criminalistic analysis” was also underway, and that gendarmes were conducting “additional investigations” in the area where they were found.

There had been no trace of Émile since he went missing eight months ago, and investigators refused to rule out any theory about the tragedy, including kidnapping and murder.

Émile was officially in the care of his grandfather, Philippe Vedovini, on the day of his disappearance while his parents took a break.

A witness saw Mr Vedovini, a physiotherapist-osteopath, chopping wood outside his home around the time Émile is said to have wandered off.

There was no immediate comment on the discovery of the bones of Émile’s family, who were all present at the Easter Sunday Mass when this was reported.

Émile was last seen at 5.15pm local time wearing a yellow T-shirt and white shorts by two neighbors who saw him walking alone in the village’s only street before ‘losing sight of him’.

Police were informed of the disappearance by the boy’s grandfather.

Hundreds of people joined the authorities in the hunt the next day.

The disappearance quickly became a criminal investigation, although detectives had no clues as to why Emile had wandered off – and where he might have gone.

Last Thursday, researchers returned to the hamlet to reconstruct the last sighting with 17 people, including members of the family.