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    Madeleine McCann missing, please read
    Hello ABW, wanted to let everyone know

    Madeleine McCann: Four-year-old Madeleine McCann was abducted from Praia da Luz, Portugal on 3 May 2007. I Ask that as a community we always have been, that cares that everyone prays for her safe return and please visit:
    http://www.findmadeleine.com, if you would like to help out with a link or banner on your website, go to http://www.findmadeleine.com/news/

    Just wanted to make a difference and if we all pitch in, her safe return has a better chance. and I hope everyone will help the Madeleine family.

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    This case breaks my heart.

    My heart goes out to every other missing child as well.

    You can watch the video (shown at the football games) here:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.../wmaddy319.xml

    Latest news:
    Madeleine hunt moves to Africa after ‘sighting’
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    I really am heartbroken for the case of this missing sweet little girl and I really feel terrible for the parents: not only are they in pain but their pain is being broadcast around the world.
    I truly hope the McCanns find their daughter soon but after 2 weeks there hasn't been much progress.
    The $5 million reward might add as many complications to the case as benefits.

    I hope Madeleine is reunited with her family as soon as possible.

    I feel very strongly about this so I'll mention it: I still don't understand why two successful people (they are both physicians) didn't hire a nanny or an au pair for the trip? Perhaps it's not so easy to hire a baby sitter/child minder for one night in a foreign country, is that an excuse? The family should eat together. Heck, a 4 year old is fairly well behaved so why didn't she accompany the parents? There still would have been the 2 year old twins left behind -- if they can't bring all the children for any reason, then the whole family should eat at an earlier time.
    Who leaves three toddlers (Madeleine was about to turn 4 and her twin siblings are 2) alone in a hotel room in a foreign country to go out at night to a Tapas Bar??

    I don't think very young children/toddlers really enjoy traveling; I think it would be better for parents of really young kids to vacation much closer to home.

    Latest news:

    Madeleine 'sightings' mount as the agony goes on and on
    Millions look out for missing girl but police warn that the £2.5m reward is attracting time-wasting tip-offs


    Here are some more articles on the case:

    Lessons From Madeleine McCann’s Abduction

    Madeleine hysteria grips the world

    Reward Grabbers Hampering Hunt

    We’ll never stop until
    our Madeleine is found


    False sightings 'hampering' hunt for Madeleine
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    Madeleine McCann's father has flown back to the UK
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6674623.stm

    The sightings of the child so far have turned out to be false leads, I hope the child is found soon.

    Now there is another case of a missing toddler from Sydney Australia:
    Plea to find 'our Madeleine'
    http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sto...12-662,00.html
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    This is absolutely horrific.

    My heart goes out to her and her parents. I can't even imagine their level of concern and pain.

    And I can't help it ... WTF was a 4 year-old doing home ALONE (much less with two other younger babies) for God's sake?!!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHH
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    I wouldn't leave a 4 year old alone between 9PM and 10 PM (or any other time) nor would I leave 2 twin 2 year olds.

    That couple had the most expensive Tapas Bar meal they'll ever have.
    I hold doctors to a higher standard, what were they thinking?
    Now their every move will be under a magnifying glass (a painful way to be noticed). I've noticed articles showing how great the Mom is with the other 2 kids. Now there will be articles detailing all the sightings of the girl (many false sightings stem from the huge reward) Here are some sightings:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1770

    I believe the "creche child care" system the resort has is only good during the day time, I don't think there's care for late at night, a couple would have to hire a sitter or have a pre-arranged nanny or au pair.

    When a couple has that many kids, rent a summer house for week or two (doctors could afford that) and bring a dog (in case dogs weren't allowed at the resort). Any sized dog is a deterrent because even the smallest dog will start yapping to alert people of an intruder. I still say hire an au pair/mother's helper or a nanny. If there's a young relative say, "Would you like to come to Portugal or [insert vacation destination here] with us and help look after the kids?"

    I once voluntarily became an (unpaid) "au pair" for a 7 year old little girl I met on a tour of Spain (I've been to Spain a number of times and Portugal once). She was traveling alone with her grandmother but spent a large chunk of time with me -- especially while we were driving from one attraction/destination to another on the bus. She had the choice of either sitting with her grandmother or with me but she chose me because we both shared a keen interest in Barbie dolls and stuffed animals. I have a picture of the 2 of us at a Flamenco show (the little girl wanted to be with me) and when we stayed at hotels with a swimming pool I entertained her in the pool and acted as a "private life guard."
    Torremolinos had great Tapas Bars and that little girl ate with her grandmother at Burger King of all places -- I ate at the Tapas Bars, the little girl was really the grandmother's responsibility but I feel the amount of attention I did show the girl helped to give the grandmother a break.
    At the end of that trip the little girl repeatedly asked her grandmother why I wasn't on the plane? (We lived in separate states)
    The child's mother wrote me a thank you letter because I had helped make the trip so much fun for her daughter.

    If a family is going to a "fun destination" I don't think it's that difficult to arrange for an au pair or a nanny -- it just takes planning time in advance (and a fair arrangement).
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    Robert Murat and Segey Malinka are still in the news. Portuguese police are going to search through Segey Malinka's computer.

    If those two are still being investigated, where's the little girl?

    New Leads In Madeleine McCann Kidnap Case

    "As the hunt continued yesterday, it emerged that Russian Sergey Malinka WIPED his computer hard drive before cops quizzed him..."[source]
    Interesting: Looking For Madeleine McCann: All Show And No Punch (Murat’s Car And Malinka’s Release)

    This case made the cover of this week's People Magazine too:
    http://www.people.com/people/article...039172,00.html
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    What can be done in the case of kidnapping?
    "If a child is abducted, first and foremost, the incident must be promptly reported to the police. Speed is absolutely essential. The police must be brought in as soon as possible. The more time that passes between the event and the introduction of law enforcement increases the likelihood of harm to the child."[source]
    Helpful information and useful links can be found here:
    http://www.crimelibrary.com/criminal...uction/10.html

    If you go to Court TV's "Crime Library" site (see url above) there are many cases listed. I prefer to be positive and upbeat because I hope Madeleine is alright but as time goes on it gets more difficult to find a toddler.
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    Thanks for the links Rhia7, well in my opinion of what I heard that each parent of madeline was checking there kids every 30 minutes. so I'm not really sure if you can blame them for leaving there kids alone. I want to know if the hotel room was locked during the times that they were checking there kids.

    Due to the fact that could it be possible that the oldest Madeline which can walk and unlock the door, she could of just left the hotel looking for her parents and she got lost? even if she did get abducted could it be an employee of the hotel they were staying at? if the door was locked that would make since, unless someone was talking to the child and coaxed the kid to unlock the door and let them in. I dont know just some possibilities.

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    This child has a celebrity cast cheer leading squad!

    The Carmalite nuns from northern Portugal are praying for her plus:
    In Britain, celebrities touched by the disappearance have united in their support for the McCann family by wearing yellow ribbons.

    Among those sporting the tribute were England cricketer Alastair Cook, Peaches Geldof, Michelle Heaton, Any Dream Will Do panellists Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright and Corrie stars Kym Rider and Sue Cleaver.

    Grease Is The Word judge Sinitta also showed her support by wearing the ribbon on Saturday night's show. [source]
    That's in addition to David Beckham's appeal and the other football players who spoke on her behalf.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstor...name_page.html

    And there will be a minute of silence at noon
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstor...name_page.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by jc101
    Thanks for the links Rhia7, well in my opinion of what I heard that each parent of madeline was checking there kids every 30 minutes.
    We're not talking about mature kids, these kids were/are toddlers.
    I wouldn't leave toddlers alone at all between 9 PM & 10 PM or at any time.

    Quote Originally Posted by jc101
    Due to the fact that could it be possible that the oldest Madeline which can walk and unlock the door, she could of just left the hotel looking for her parents and she got lost? even if she did get abducted could it be an employee of the hotel they were staying at? if the door was locked that would make since, unless someone was talking to the child and coaxed the kid to unlock the door and let them in. I dont know just some possibilities.
    It appears as if she was abducted through a window.

    I don't think she walked alone to the beach.

    If she's with a hotel employee, then that employee could get 2.5m pounds (equivalent to $5 million in our currency).
    Everyone in Portugal, Spain, and England knows what this girl looks like and also this girl has a special mark on her right iris.

    This case is "slow going" and keeps on re-hashing the same news. I've read about 5 different articles about the father being back in the UK.
    What can anyone do? I hope nothing important leaks out that could jeopardize the search for the girl...some clues might have already been lost due to the fact that Sergey Malinka wiped his hard drive clean.

    Here's an article in a German paper:
    Internet-Betrüger machen Kasse mit entführter Madeleine
    http://www.20min.ch/digital/webpage/story/31198562
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    shes 4 yrs old?
    shes 4 yrs old, so she can walk and use her fingers etc, anyway who knows this case is getting me confused. I still want to know if the door was locked during those times there parents were at the bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jc101
    shes 4 yrs old, so she can walk and use her fingers etc, anyway who knows this case is getting me confused. I still want to know if the door was locked during those times there parents were at the bar.
    The door most likely was locked. It seems as if the window had not previously been opened (although I wonder if the window had been locked?).

    Either way, it's not smart to lock a child in a room and then go out to dinner (in the parents' case they were at a Tapas Bar) because what if there had been a fire and the children (toddlers) were locked in the room?

    I think the parents should not have left their young children alone -- bottom line.

    The grandmother of the little girl I befriended in Spain was always watching that 7 year old (we were in her sight when the child was in my "care"). The grandmother didn't leave the 7 year old alone and go off to a Tapas Bar.

    It's not a good idea to leave kids alone. The parents either need to stay with the kids or the kids should be with an adult (either a relative or a paid child minder/nanny/whatever you want to call the adult) or a mature teen-ager/college aged person to watch the kids and to act wisely in case of some type of emergency.

    I think this is an article in a Dutch paper:
    http://www.bndestem.nl/buitenland/article1433309.ece

    It would be difficult not to know about this child now; she's received so much publicity.
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    Police are asking tourists for photos
    Police are asking tourists who were at the resort during Madeleine's stay to upload photos.

    Police ask for help with Madeleine case

    Police site for photos:
    http://www.madeleine.ceopupload.com/
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    If the parents were checking children every half an hour, then someone has probably had a good view either on their room's window or the door.
    The police should check the neighbors too.

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    This case is tragic - for a while I saw it as a case of "missing pretty girl syndrome" which was rather hard-hearted of me.

    Yesterday I was in the supermarket and a mother was shopping with a beautiful little girl about the same age - I saw her and thought about Madeline - my heart missed at least one beat, how could anyone?

    Whatever the parents could or should have done doesn't explain the fact that children just should not disappear like this.

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    May 25 "Missing Children's Day"
    Etan Patz disappeared from New York City on May 25, 1979.
    President Ronald Reagan in 1983 declared May 25th "Missing Children's Day" in the United States.

    "Missing Children's Day" is now an International Day and you can read how the McCann family is at the forefront this May 25th:

    Vow on Missing Children's Day

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/s...659706,00.html
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    I would like to see similar wide actions undertaken in case of every missing child.
    Unfortunately it seems that huge bells ring only where rich, famous and well connected people are involved.

    When you see US statistics, you stay speechless:

    Every 4 hours a child is killed in the USA.

    http://ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02304.asp?



    “…A child goes missing every 40 seconds in the U.S, over 2,100 per day…”

    “…In excess of 800,000 children are reported missing each year…”

    “…Another 500,000 go missing without ever being reported…”


    Regarding serious cases:

    “…44% of abducted children were found dead in less than an hour…”

    “…74% were dead within the first 4 hours…”

    “…91% were dead within the first 24 hours…”


    We can't even imagine the world statistics. E.g. 5 kids will go missing the next hour in India alone. (This is probably related to abducted children only, not runaways, etc.).
    http://www.indianexpress.com/story/22488.html
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    Madeleine's Parents will meet the Pope
    This is amazing (very few people get to meet the Pope):
    Mr and Mrs McCann will sit in the front row, known as a prima fila, which is normally reserved for visiting heads of state or other dignitaries. They will be amongst just 25 people introduced to the Pope and he is expected to mention Madeleine “prominently” in his prayers.
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle1854127.ece
    Interesting opinions (about Madeleine being left alone) have been expressed in The Scotsman:
    http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/lett...m?id=839762007
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    Latest news in search for Madeleine
    A month has passed since the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
    Here are some recent news stories:

    DNA that does not match anyone in the family or a suspect has been found in Madeleine's room:


    The parents are planning a “Madeleine Day:"
    THE PARENTS of Madeleine McCann are planning an international day of events and appeals featuring world leaders, pop stars and well known athletes.
    JK Rowling is thinking about "putting bookmarks bearing the face of Madeleine in copies of her final installment" [of her Harry Potter series].
    Madeleine's face to appear on bookmarks in latest Harry Potter novel
    Harry Potter plan to help Madeleine search

    Madeleine’s parents hoping to receive a ransom demand


    http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=867592007
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    "The parents of abducted Madeleine McCann are travelling across Germany and the Netherlands to try and find their daughter."
    http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/...,00.html?f=rss

    David Wilson is a Professor of Criminology and has written an interesting (but heart-rending) article on Madeleine's case:
    http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/...268935,00.html

    See more links to related media and stories by clicking the above.
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    A "mystery phone call" has provided hope that Madeleine is alive
    Someone whose call was deemed "credible" wanted to speak with the McCanns directly.

    "A MYSTERY phone call from a man claiming to know the whereabouts of the missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann could provide a new lead in the case, it emerged yesterday.

    The caller provided such detail that Kate and Gerry McCann put their European search for their daughter on hold in case they needed to act."

    "Mystery call fuels fresh hope in hunt for Madeleine"
    http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=894582007
    Also read these related articles:

    'I know what happened to Madeleine'
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle1901303.ece

    " Anonymous caller claims knowledge of missing Madeleine"
    http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article2631517.ece
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    Arrest in Spain
    Italian arrested in Madeleine kidnapping

    MADRID (Reuters) - An Italian man has been arrested in Spain in connection with the kidnapping of 4-year-old Madeleine McCann from her resort bedroom in Portugal last month, Spain's El Pais newspaper Web site reported on Thursday.

    There were no further details immediately available
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    Also see:

    Spain arrests Italian in Madeleine kidnapping: report

    Portuguese police have opened a new line of investigation in their search for missing British four-year-old Madeleine McCann based on the evidence of a Spanish journalist who has investigated paedophile rings.
    Portuguese police follow new Madeleine lead
    Antonio Toscano, a Spanish investigator, has published a story in El Mundo -- read Madeleine McCann Break: Man Arrested In Connection With Kidnapping
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    2 Arrested
    These sources say a Portuguese woman has been arrested as well:

    Two held over Madeleine disappearance, reports say

    Couple arrested over Madeleine McCann abduction
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    This is so sad. I hope nothing bad happened to her...
    I just want the Authorities to do their best to find Maddie... I'm praying for her...

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