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Madeleine McCann investigators say 18 assaults may be linked

Madeleine McCann Investigators Say 18 Assaults May Be Linked

There has been a new development in the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann.

The BBC reports British police investigating the girl's disappearance are now examining potentially linked break-ins by a lone intruder into villas in Algarve, Portugal.

According to Channel 5 News these six new incidents include five new cases of sexual assault of British girls on holiday in Portugal and one "near miss" in which the intruder was "essentially stopped before he attacked."

That means there are now 18 "potentially linked crimes" at Portuguese resorts near the one where 3-year-old Madeleine disappeared during a family vacation in June 2007, reports CNN.

According to The Guardian, these six new cases were reported after police issued an appeal for information last month about a predator breaking into hotel rooms of British families who were on vacation.

Authorities had described the suspect as a tan man with short, dark hair who spoke in English with an unknown accent. ABC points out they did not release any new information about the suspected intruder Wednesday.

Scotland Yard told the BBC it hopes to begin "operational activity" in Portugal as soon as possible. It's unclear exactly what those operations will involve.

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Velocity105 April 23 2014 at 8:52 PM

Haw haw haw. "Potentially linked?" Riiiiiight. The Portuguese "police" if you want to call them that, have been "linking" everything but the kitchen sink to McCann's disappearance for 7 years. If the case is to ever be solved, they need to bring in "real" investigators that know what they're doing.

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Buckingham's April 23 2014 at 9:32 PM

When they actually FIND Maddie McCann, then I'll believe it.

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zoya79 Buckingham's April 24 2014 at 10:43 AM

Yeah just like that missing plane...all dead ends

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Kim April 24 2014 at 10:27 AM

this continues to be a sad situation for the family-prayers to all

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msnikki73 April 24 2014 at 10:24 AM

Were the previous attacks not reported until now, or are officials just now looking to see if any had been reported in the surrounding area? You would think that would have been one of the first things they would have investigated.

Unless they were to worried about word getting out about the attacks to keep up the appearance that their resorts are safe.

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phyllisquinney msnikki73 April 24 2014 at 10:29 AM

That was my first thought in reading this; they are JUST NOW discovering other crimes at the same location?? WTH??

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richyalf April 24 2014 at 9:26 AM

The poor kid was probably kidnapped and sold to some rich degenerate in nearby Morocco, where this trade has flourished since the Fourth century.

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ChingOW Mango April 23 2014 at 11:57 PM

This story is beyond heartbreaking. I know the horrible thoughts I cannot prevent myself from thinking - God only knows what the parents have been thinking all these years. Is she dead - is she still being tortured - where is she - she is now 10 years old - and there is no way she could still be the wonderful innocent child she was back in 2007. I hope all parents learn - NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILD ALONE! In today's news a grandmother left her 5 year old son in the car while she carried groceries into the house - he was taken! It happens so quickly! Be ever vigilant - protect your children.

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poll100 ChingOW Mango April 24 2014 at 6:51 AM

People have been leaving their kids in the car while they carried in groceries since the car was invented. That will never change.

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Don Murphy poll100 April 26 2014 at 3:23 AM

Certainly doesn't mean people SHOULD leave kids in the car while they carry in groceries in case that simple reality somehow escapes you. Also, your sentence structure in that post sucks, so work on it. What are you waiting for? Get to it!

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Julia ChingOW Mango April 24 2014 at 7:24 AM

The car was reposessed for non payment while her grandson was sleeping in the car.

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beasmommom Julia April 24 2014 at 10:06 AM

That figures.

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hoffhort April 24 2014 at 8:51 AM

The reason this is news is it means that authorities were REALLY negligent about not warning tourists that break-ins were occurring. Obviously they were protecting the local tourist industry. Yes, some people would have packed up and left when they learned this. But that poor child might still be alive if her parents had known the danger and had taken prior action. Those authorities have this on their conscience. They know who they are.

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ismithrice hoffhort April 24 2014 at 8:53 AM

This girl might still be alive if her parents hadn't left her alone with her siblings in their hotel suite while they dined out with friends. Unforgivable!

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rutch8 April 24 2014 at 8:41 AM

six years to come up with this. it's what i thought when it happened. it's too late now dumb axxes!

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johnmustang April 24 2014 at 8:22 AM

Leaving a child alone and unsupervised is a very bad idea. However, Portugal going off in the wrong direction saying the parents did more than leave her alone, trying to indicate they did something to the girl wasted a lot of time that could have been spent searching for what really happened and those who took her.

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tricia April 24 2014 at 8:11 AM

I really hope and pray that they find out something useful in this case and find out where Madeline is and exactly what happened to her. I doubt she is still alive but it would be wonderful if she was and they find her. I would never have left my very young child in that room by herself with her two other siblings who were just babies. But I dont think that the parents realized how dangerous it was to do that because they were so close to the apt and they were checking on the children all the time.

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