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Madeleine McCann: Spotted In Australia, Rhonda Wyllie And Another Child Stolen

by | 10th, August 2009

4697789MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Madeleine spotted in Byron Bay, Rhonda Wyllie named and another child is taken…

Daily Mirror: “Maddy hunt sleuths off to Australia”

Investigators searching for Madeleine McCann are flying to Australia to follow up “viable leads“.

The viable leads the McCann’s PR Clarence Mitchell called “vague” or other viable leads that could be handled by the Australian police at less of a cost to the Madeleine McCann Fund?

Boats are involved and, perhaps, the wise thing would be for private detectives to charter a yacht and retrace the route possible taken by fat Victoria Beckham’s vessel as it sailed from the Algarve to Barcelona, then onto Australia, perhaps taking in Venezuela and the Caribbean?

Judith Aron and Melissa Karlson both say they did not take Our Maddie. There is not a shred of evidence linking them to the child. They are both innocent. So what leads are the private detectives investigating?

Daily Mail: “Millionaire socialite ‘devastated’ as her £3m superyacht is linked to hunt for Madeleine McCann”

Her brother Wayne McGrath told the People newspaper: ‘I have spoken to my sister and she is absolutely devastated. She doesn’t know anything about this.’

Names named. Damaged lives. Innocent people dragged into a terrible story of a missing child. Move on…

3Nws (NZ): “Perth socialite claims yacht not involved in McCann mystery”

A Perth socialite has scoffed at suggestions her yacht may have been involved in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The yacht, belonging to Rhonda Wiley, was docked at the same port where a woman was seen asking about the delivery of her new daughter – just days after Madeline went missing.

Yesterday, “Rhonda Wiley” was the Mirror’s Rhonda Whilley (which is correct).


An Australian woman who matched the “Posh Spice lookalike” e-fit appeared to be entirely innocent of any involvement. Judith Aron, 53, of Melbourne, said: “I have no connection to the little girl. I haven’t left Australia since 2000, so there’s no way I could have been in Portugal or Spain around the time she went missing.”

“Appeared to be innocent.” Do we now presume guilt when a name is mentioned in the same breath as the media’s Our Maddie? Any other evidence?

In another disappointment to the McCanns, a £6million superyacht was also ruled out. Detectives hired by doctors Kate and Gerry McCann, both 41, had been hunting for the vessel… The Sunseeker Yacht 105, called Will Power, flies an Australian flag.

But last night the Brit skipper insisted it was a “coincidence’’. Its owner, £250m socialite Rhonda Wyllie, 52, was not on board at the time.

The skipper said he had dropped off her and her guests in Monaco. There were no Australians on board in Barcelona and he had never taken it to Portugal.

Did any tell the private detectives? Or have they left for their Australian tour already?


DETECTIVES searching for Madeleine McCann were following up a series of new “viable leads” last night as the hunt for the missing girl focused on Australia.

BigPond: “Police may be close to finding Aus woman”

An Australian woman believed to hold vital clues to the disappearance of missing British child Madeleine McCann may have been found.

New South Wales police say they have received information about a woman who’s similar in description to a Australian being sought by private investigators examining the disappearance of Madeleine.

Gold “Byron Maddy sighting probe”

POLICE investigated a possible sighting of the missing British girl Madeleine McCann near Byron Bay yesterday after a person reportedly mentioned to an officer they saw a child who resembled the missing girl near Suffolk Park.

Was it here? No. Our Maddie mania hits Australia…

Babble (Aus): “Toddler Kidnapped In Sydney”

It’s Australia’s Our Maddie:

In yet another every-parent’s-nightmare-scenario, a two-year-old boy has been snatched… from the front yard where he was playing with his mum in the Sydney suburb of Kingsford…

Hot on the heels of the Madeleine McCann story re-surfacing with an Australian perspective, this kidnapping reinforces how precious our kids are – and how sometimes we feel that danger lurks around every corner, even in our own front yards.

Sydney Morning Herald: “Search for toddler kidnapped outside Sydney home”

The mother of a two-year-old boy allegedly kidnapped by his father and another woman in Sydney’s south-east last night said it was as if someone had “taken her heart away”.

So nothing like Our Maddie, then.

Sky News: “New Madeleine Lead Gives Family New Hope”

Madeleine’s grandmother Susan Healey told Hello! magazine: “Kate and Gerry are usually very measured about new ‘evidence’, but this has given us all renewed hope.”

Hello! magazine is widely read among the police community and is Interpol’s unofficial trade publication.

“Sometimes it feels almost unbearable. Then there’s a new lead or clue, or you hear about another child that went missing who’s been found alive and it gives you a lift.”

The Sun: “McCann ‘hope’ at new lead”

Susan Healey said Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry were “usually very measured about new evidence but this has given us all renewed hope. “It would be so wonderful if it helps us to find Madeleine,” she told Hello! magazine.

Sky News: “Nearly 500 Kids Abducted From UK Last Year”

Nearly 500 children were abducted from the UK last year and taken abroad illegally. An estimated 470 youngsters were reported abducted in 336 separate cases in 2008, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Madeleine McCann is missing still missing. It’s the media’s Third summer of Our Maddie and there is still no evidence, no suspect, no proof of a crime. The innocent parents are looking for their daughter. And the media continues to speculate and use Our Maddie as a source of easy copy…

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