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Madeleine McCann: Links To Mari Luz Cortes And Benazir Bhutto

by | 16th, January 2008

mariluz.jpg MADDYWATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY MIRROR front page: “HAS MADDY MANIAC STRUCK AGAIN? Mari, 5, missing on route ‘used by paedophile gang’”

Mari Luz Cortes “may” have been snatched by paedophiles. She may have been kidnapped from Huelva on the Spanish frontier with Portugal, which is “a short drive from Praia da Luz”


“Significantly” Helva is on the route that the McCanns “fear” Madeleine’s kidnappers took “as thy headed for a ferry in North Africa”


“Tearful Juan Jose” (readers see a picure of him crying) says: “It’s possible that the disappearance of my daughter is linked to the Madeleine case. But it is not something we want to contemplate right now”

But the Mirror does. And it wants its readers to. Madeleine’s dad Gerry McCann says: “We are extremely concerned another young girl has gone missing in the region. We hope Mari is found quickly, safe and is returned to her family as soon as possible. Our thoughts are with her family as the search continues”

Are the McCanns now the first people to call when a child goes missing? How long before they are billed as “experts in child tragedy” and appearing on news bulletins and regional magazine shows?

The McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell says: “Gerry and Kate of all people know the agony that Mari’s family are going through”

Helva is “120 miles” from Praia da Luz

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE: SECOND GIRL TAKEN. Girl, 5, in copycat snatch”

“The five-year-old disappeared after walking alone to her local shop to buy a packet of crisps. Mari Luz Cortes’s family are convinced she has been abducted. More than 100 police and 500 locals are mounting a massive search”

Page 5: “MADDIE: GIRL, 5, IN COPYCAT SNATCH” A child has gone missing. But why should it have anything to do with Madeleine McCann?

“A source close to the McCanns’ Barcelona-based private detectives said: ‘There is every chance these cases are linked. We have said all along Madeleine was abducted. Now it appears whoever did it may have struck again’”

Clarence Mitchell says the McCanns are “extremely concerned” about the possible abduction in Huelva


Page 11: “Child snatched off street 1 hour from McCann villa”

“Fears were growing last night that the kidnapper of Madeleine McCann has struck again” Fear and excitement in the press

Helva is just “over an hour by motorway from the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz”. The Star said it was 120 miles. Drive. Fast

But what of Mari and these links to Madeleine McCann?

Says THE WORLD’S GREATEST PAPER: ““Spanish police immediately alerted colleagues in neighbouring Portugal to the striking similarities in the two cases, while the McCann family’s own private investigators, Metodo 3, raced to the scene. Both are attractive children of a similar age, left alone by parents when they disappeared into thin air, unseen by any witnesses. The parents of both believe their daughters have been abducted”

So who did

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