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india Updated: Feb 21, 2009 15:22 IST
Reed Coston

The family of Jean-Baptiste Talleu, the French cyclist who went missing over a year ago in Mumbai, intends to keep looking for him with the help of the Indian and French governments.

While there is no evidence that Talleu is alive, there is nothing to suggest the contrary, the family said at a press conference on Friday. Jean-Baptiste’s father Pierre Marie Talleu, mother Marie-Claire Talleu, and one of his six sisters, Catherine Talleu, who had been in India since November, had called the press conference.

Talleu, who was on a round-the-world cycling trip, flew to Mumbai from Dubai on December 4, 2007, withdrew Rs 1,000 from an ATM and spent the night in an unknown hotel. The next day, he withdrew Rs 10,000 from an ATM at Axis Bank in Goregaon (East) around 7 in the evening and has been missing since then.

The family had received reports that Talleu was seen at a Mother Teresa missionary hospice in Delhi and in Pondicherry, but with no results.

Talleu’s family members met the city police recently.