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Swiss police on Tuesday identified the body of the financial controller of the doomsday cult at the center of a 53-death mystery.

Camille Pilet's body was among 23 found in a Cheiry farmhouse destroyed in a fire on Oct. 4, Freibourg state police said. They did not give the cause of death.

They also said a .22-caliber pistol found at a burned-out chalet in another village had been used in the farmhouse shootings. None of the 25 corpses found in two Alpine chalets were reported shot.

This has given rise to theories that someone shot cult followers in the farmhouse in Cheiry and then drove to the chalets in Granges-Sur-Salvan, which were set on fire. Five people also were found dead in a Montreal apartment.

Pilet, 68, was believed to be treasurer of the Order of the Solar Temple cult, headed by Luc Jouret, 46, a Belgian homeopath, for whom there is an international arrest warrant.

Police on Monday confirmed the cult's mastermind, Joseph di Mambro, 70, of Quebec, was among the bodies found in the chalets.

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