Does anyone know where the family is now? are they back in the UK?
I agree, this more than likely would not have happend if the children were not left alone. However, I think that point has been established, and people need to focus on the fact that a little girl is missing. She is either very scarred right now or worse, and even though I do not support the parents actions what's done is done. Stop bashing the fact they left the children, and start worrying about where this girl is. One more fact, I hate to think about is I read the father checked in on the children at 9:30 and she was gone when the mom looked in on them at 10:00. I hate to say it, but could the father be involved in this? Could he have done something to her, and gotten rid of the body? Or even worse, could he be involved in some type of pedo ring? I know many won't like that idea, but has he been looked at? When ever a child goes missing under mysterious circumstances I always look at the parents. Yet, for some reason that's not happening here. I bet if the wife ws the one missing every one would be all over the husband. Why does it seem everyone is just taking his word? Just my thoughts.
Does anyone know where the family is now? are they back in the UK?
I can't stay quiet any longer. CarpeDiem - I was reading the link to SkyNews you posted and one of the bloggers said the following:
"The locals, although sympathetic to the McCannís plight, brought up the fact that six months ago three year old twin girls were abducted. This made little impact on their own news and the story didnít warrant the attention of the international press.
Could there be a link?? Are there other similar abductions going on? Is there a gang who are interested in three year old girls?"
Is this true - does any one know? I don't remember ever hearing about it. But in mho the story should have warranted international press and maybe if the news would have gotten out, Madeline would not be missing now!
It appears that there is tension between the local community and the Britons over the way things are being handled. I would caution that we should be very skeptical of everything we read in the press, particularly when there is so much chaos going on.
My thoughts and prayers to Maddie - I hope you are back with your family soon and in the meantime that you are being looked after with care.
WOW!!! This is a good reason why every Hotel in the world should have a big sign that says:
"DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN UNATENDED FOR ANY REASON, WE HAVE QUALIFIED BABYSITERS".
Maybe some people come from areas where leaving their children when they are asleep is safe, Maybe some people are very naïve.
Right now we must pray for this beautiful 4 year old little girl to come home safely.
UK police ask for tourist photos in hunt for girl
LONDON (Reuters) - Tourists who stayed at the Portuguese resort where 4-year-old Madeleine McCann was abducted were urged on Monday to hand over any holiday photographs which might contain clues to the British child's kidnapper.
British detectives would use advanced facial recognition software to scan the pictures and pass on any useful information to Portuguese police.
British police said they wanted pictures from anyone who had been at the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz or the surrounding area in the two weeks before Madeleine's disappearance on May 3.
"Look at your prints and see if there are, for instance, people in the background of the picture that at first you may not have noticed," said Jim Gamble, Chief Executive of the police Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
"These are the pictures we want," he added.
"By taking in pictures from the public we can move the investigation forward -- looking for people who might seem out of place or behaving strangely."
Spaz, I had mentioned this a while back and really got no response. Is it possible that the parents are involved. I would pray not but, it would not be the first time. I hope that the police are not so focused on Mr. Murat that they miss something significant. My other thougt is would it have been possible for Maddie to have gotten out of the room herself and drowned?
Jeana, I, too, want to say thanks for whatever it was you did with Ireland. He/she was just outrageous and looking for trouble...we don't need that anywhere, but especially not on a thread about a missing little girl.
Thanks, too, for all you do here, you and all the other mods.
I have been quietly reading along with this thread and watching the news.
I know the parents are not considered suspects; but, I have to say I am not able to fully understand the actions of the parents and therefore have some doubts. It is inconcievable to me that two such educated, worldly and non nieve seeming parents would leave two such young children alone. Saying they were checking on they hourly is rediculous. To me that equates too putting your two year old in a bath tub and leaving him unattended and saying I peaked in every 5 minutes. It is more then just unacceptable behavior I find it unbelievable. This does not mean it isn't true but until the wearabouts of Maddie are known I am afriad I can not assume the parents are innocent in this.
I noticed on the Madeleine website that the parents have an entire schedule of how they are spending their days, typed out. Why? How is it that they have the time, presence of mind, or interest in writing something like this out? If I were in their shoes, I'd be unable to think straight, much less care about the world knowing everything I'm doing at every hour of the day, in the midst of such hell. Maybe it's in response to all the criticism they've received about leaving the kids alone that night, but it just seems weird and out of place to me.
Just my .02.
As far as children are concerned I remember walking on the beach with my three year old son on a holiday w/e. He stopped to pick up a shell & got turned around in the busy maze of feet. I got my Dad & went in opposite directions asking everyone if they had seen a little boy in red swim trunks. Soon a young man told me he had seen a lil kid crying & going in the opposite direction. We found him within 5mins picked him up hugged him to death & went back to the rest of the group. My Dad who looked as scared as he could be said " Good quick thinking ,you are a good parent" But if we hadn't found him really quickly he probably may have drowned! I still get goosebumps thinking about it. You need mins. or secs. NOT hrs. Sorry OT but you are right! & thanks.
I really think the parents were very naive, educated does not make someone sharp it only makes them book wise. NOT mindful.
I said on another post here that I have very educated relatives whom I used to fight with regularly when they came to the US and did the same thing; they do not do it anymore to my knowledge. They wanted to teach their kids to be free not fearful. It drove me nuts, and I fought till I won.
As for the schedule I GUESS it could be two fold they probably need it to know what to do next, because their minds must be in a maze. Or they often work with a schedule also known as Anal Retentive. Why on a web site??? Scary Dumb.
Again. Keeping on blaming these poor people is not bringing that beautiful little girl home.
I read that now the police are checking for guest photos that may have some suspects in the background. NOW? This happened 2 weeks ago, most of those guests are long gone. I am afraid for her, especially since it is said that two weeks prior there was another attempt to snatch a child.
There must be someone out there that knows the area, the premises and how to get around. I wonder what kind of photos they can get from surveillance cameras; I have not heard anything about that at all.
Mjak; I would have never done that not even when mine was born 40 years ago, when the world was a different place to raise children. Nor do I understand people doing that.
What I said about my relatives whom I fought with because they did the same thing, THEY ARE DIPLOMATS not from a small island but in a city. Naiveté does not only grow in Islands, HONEST.
I feel for them and I am sorry they have to learn to be mindfull from such tragedy.
Frankly I'd like to see the police do better.
The only reason I can see for their schedule to be posted is a calculated attempt by someone acting as their PR Rep to try to repair their reputation to the public by showing them as "responsible" parents. If you notice, it is all about how well they are taking care of their other children and all the "normal" activities they are involved in with them while still helping with the investigation. Even the photos suggest to me this is definitely a public relations ploy. I say too little too late, but I honestly believe it is their feeble attempt to change public opinion to try to possibly avoid charges in the future or use in their defense.
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You could be right SS.....but as you said too little too late