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Postby treat24 » Tue May 15, 2007 12:00 pm

but i didn't see the post about the 4 year old that went missing in portugal when scrolling through... i'm sure someone will put a link on here...

They found a suspect now...

Celebrities have now pledged over 5 mil in reward money for her... I still think the most INSANE part of the whole thing is that the parents went out to eat and left a 4 year old to watch two 2 year olds for an hour or so...

from what i hear it's not uncommon in europe and it's a cultural thing... but i still think it's ridiculous, i'm not saying they deserve this, nobody does... i'm just less sypathetic... I feel bad for them... but how can you leave kids that young unattended for that long... I don't even let my 3 year old niece out of the same room as me when i'm watching her...

Report: Suspect in Missing Girl Hunt

By BARRY HATTON
The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 15, 2007; 12:44 PM

LISBON, Portugal -- Police searching for a 4-year-old girl who disappeared during a vacation in southern Portugal have questioned a British suspect and placed him under formal investigation, a news report said Tuesday.

Portugal's national news agency, Lusa, quoted unnamed police sources as saying the 32-year-old Briton, who reportedly lives near the hotel where Madeleine McCann disappeared, was one of three people questioned late Monday.


TV trucks are seen parked in front of the McCann family resort apartment block, background left, Tuesday, May 15 2007, in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal. British 4-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared May 3 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family and 12 days later the media remains camped outside it. The police believe Madeleine was abducted. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
TV trucks are seen parked in front of the McCann family resort apartment block, background left, Tuesday, May 15 2007, in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal. British 4-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared May 3 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family and 12 days later the media remains camped outside it. The police believe Madeleine was abducted.

Detectives and forensic experts searched his villa for most of Monday, taking away computers and cellular phones, Lusa said. Portuguese media said police drained the villa's pool.

The villa is about 100 meters (yards) from the hotel where Madeleine, from central England, was apparently abducted while vacationing with her parents.

Police officials at national headquarters would not confirm the report nor name anyone under investigation, citing privacy laws.

Under Portuguese law, opening a formal investigation is a first step toward possibly bringing formal charges. The legal measure is designed to safeguard a citizen's constitutional rights. It grants suspects access to potential evidence and allows them to mount a legal defense.

The girl vanished May 3 after her parents left her, and her brother and sister, both aged 2, alone while they went to a nearby restaurant within their hotel complex in Portugal's Algarve region, a popular European tourist destination.

Portuguese media said the suspect had mingled with journalists outside the hotel in the days following the girl's disappearance and offered to act as an interpreter. He reportedly has a Portuguese father and a British mother and speaks English and Portuguese fluently.

A British journalist told Sky News she had told local police the man was behaving suspiciously and had encouraged them to follow leads suggesting the girl had been kidnapped and taken to Spain.

Last week, police called off their ground search for Madeleine, saying they had checked 77 square-mile area twice and found nothing.

Her parents are still at the hotel.

British media have said that promised contributions to a reward fund total some $5.1 million, including reported donations from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, tycoon Sir Richard Branson and "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell. Also, celebrities including soccer star David Beckham have made public appeals for help in finding Madeleine.

Earlier this week, Gerry McCann said he and his wife Kate had taken strength from the "spiritual outpouring" around the world. They have received messages of support from numerous countries, he said.

Asked how long they would stay in Portugal, Kate McCann said, "I can't even consider going home at the moment, absolutely can't even let it enter my head."
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Postby knapplc » Tue May 15, 2007 12:19 pm

The awful truth is that this little girl is almost certainly dead now. I took my little girl to Europe last year, and I can guarantee you some celebrities aren't as closely guarded as she was. I can't imagine what these parents were thinking leaving a four-year-old alone like that.

Sad to say, but the parents are just dumb. :-t
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Postby sportsaddict » Tue May 15, 2007 10:15 pm

Man thats a sad story... Devastating to think parents would trust a 4 year old alone to babysit like that... :,-(
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue May 15, 2007 10:48 pm

Devastating to think that any parent would trust a 4-year old with anything really. Sheesh. There's a 3-year old that lives across the street that loves to come over and play. Over the past week he's come over twice without telling his parents. This boggles my mind. How do you not hear the door open or know where your little kid is? Seriously, it's been 20 minutes by the time the mom or dad comes over asking if their kid's over. I now have to walk the kid back to his house and get clarification from his parents before he can come over. Shouldn't the parents be able to watch where their kid goes so I can trust that they know where he is?
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Postby bagobonez » Wed May 16, 2007 10:57 pm

People are so naive. I'm a security camera operator by day in a large store, and I get literally at least one call a day from some parent that has lost their kid somewhere in the store. Makes me sick.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu May 17, 2007 7:34 am

bagobonez wrote:People are so naive. I'm a security camera operator by day in a large store, and I get literally at least one call a day from some parent that has lost their kid somewhere in the store. Makes me sick.


Have you seen those kid 'leashes'? Weird.
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Postby Goatwhacker » Thu May 17, 2007 8:30 am

knapplc wrote:The awful truth is that this little girl is almost certainly dead now. I took my little girl to Europe last year, and I can guarantee you some celebrities aren't as closely guarded as she was. I can't imagine what these parents were thinking leaving a four-year-old alone like that.

Sad to say, but the parents are just dumb. :-t


I agree with you but I think there may be a different mindset in Europe. I remember a few years ago a story in NYC about a European woman who left her baby outside in a stroller while she ate in a restaurant. I think she was charged with child neglect and her defense was that was the way it was done in Europe. I can't remember all the details, maybe somebody else will.
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Re: UPDATE: I'm sure you've all heard about it on the news...

Postby stomperrob » Fri Sep 07, 2007 12:34 pm

Update:

Police identify new suspect in Madeleine case

Anna Valderrama, Reuters
Published: Friday, September 07, 2007

PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal (Reuters) - Portuguese police said on Friday they had identified a new suspect in their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann after interviewing the girl's mother, Kate McCann.

Police gave no name, in accordance with Portuguese secrecy laws. Earlier, friends of the McCann family said the new suspect was Madeleine's mother.

"All I can say is there is another formal suspect," police spokesman Olegario de Sousa told Reuters. A British man emerged as the first formal suspect earlier in the case.

Kate knows it's possible that she could get arrested," said Justine McGuinness, a spokeswoman for the McCanns.

McGuinness said Kate had told her that police found blood in a car hired by her and her husband, Gerry, but there was no confirmation it was Madeleine's blood. The car had been hired 25 days after Madeleine disappeared.

Kate McCann left the police station on Friday afternoon after being interviewed for several hours as her husband, Gerry, entered to be interviewed separately.

The McCanns' daughter vanished in the Algarve on May 3 a few days before turning four years old.

Under Portuguese law, declaring Kate McCann a suspect indicates police think she may have been involved in the crime but does not necessarily mean that she will be detained.

It could mean that she will be barred from leaving Portugal but she would also have more legal protection than as a witness, including the right not to answer questions. She would be more closely monitored by police.

The couple have won widespread sympathy. The plight of their missing daughter led to a high-profile campaign and a meeting with Pope Benedict in Rome who blessed a picture of Madeleine.

"COMPLETELY INNOCENT"

Gerry rejected any suggestion of his wife's involvement on his blog (http://www.findmadeleine.com).

"The suggestion that Kate is involved in Madeleine's disappearance is ludicrous," he wrote. "Anyone who knows anything about the 3rd May knows that Kate is completely innocent. We will fight this all the way and we will not stop looking for Madeleine."

Madeleine vanished from a hotel room in the Praia da Luz resort in the Algarve while her parents dined with friends a short distance away.

Police interviewed Kate for 11 hours on Thursday after obtaining forensic evidence from various sites including the holiday apartment where Madeleine vanished.

The McCanns' campaign led to pictures of Madeleine being posted across Europe, at schools, airports and restaurants.

Kate and Gerry decided soon after Madeleine vanished to stay in Praia da Luz until the case is resolved, and have been going to a local church almost daily to pray for their daughter's safe return.

The only other suspect is a Briton living in Praia da Luz, who has not been arrested. His house has been searched twice.

A friend of the McCanns who spoke to Kate early on Friday said she was shocked then at the prospect of being declared a suspect.

"I did speak to Kate in the early hours of this morning and clearly she is stunned and disappointed," the family friend told the BBC.

British business tycoons and celebrities ranging from "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling to soccer stars have contributed to a reward for Madeleine's return.



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Re: UPDATE: I'm sure you've all heard about it on the news...

Postby A Fleshner Fantasy » Sat Sep 08, 2007 6:31 am

That's just horrible... :-t
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Re: UPDATE: I'm sure you've all heard about it on the news...

Postby treat24 » Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:00 am

wow, never woulda seen this coming
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