Clutching At Straws

For those that may not know (Live outside of the UK) a little over four years ago on the 3rd of May, 2007 there was a family that went on holiday to Portugal, the parents and their three young children. One night the parents went out for a meal to the restaurant close to where they were stopping and left their children in their ground floor hotel room with the door unlocked.

While they were out some one apparently came into the hotel room and kidnapped one of the three children asleep in the room, 4 year old Madeleine McCann.

Now I’m pretty sure that by now pretty much everyone across the globe has heard about this little girl and her disappearance and since the moment she has gone there has been many suspects and false sightings, she’s distinctive by her right eye, as the pupil runs into the iris. How this really helps though is beyond me, I walk past children in the street every day I rarely take the time to look into their eyes as I’m walking past, some would say that’s a little weird.

Her parents both medical doctors, you would think that they would be smart enough to lock their hotel room door if they’re planning on leaving their children unattended, it’s not like it was a simple mistake as the parents frequently checked up on their children throughout the night, due to their negligence a sweet little girl has now been missing for four years.

In my eyes they don’t deserve to be parents, I don’t know why it was just Madeleine that was taken and not the other two, but they could have easily lost all three of their children. After a year the investigation was called off though the parents through funding from writing books and making media appearances have their own private investigator continuing the search.

Then yesterday we got:

Private investigators searching for Madeleine McCann are awaiting DNA results after a young girl who matches her description was spotted in India.

A British woman spotted a child that resembled the missing Maddie who vanished four years ago and who would be eight years old now.

The reported sighting was made in the northern city of Leh situated close to the Himalayas last Friday night. When the woman saw who she thought was Maddie walking with a couple, she raised the alarm with the other tourists. One American man attempted to take the little girl off the couple.

A French woman and a Belgian man who were with the girl insisted they were her biological parents but police confiscated their passports.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Madeleine’s parents Gerry and Kate McCann, said, “Our private investigators are aware of the reports from India over the weekend about a possible sighting of Madeleine.

“We are liaising with the Indian authorities over the incident and await the results of the DNA test.

“So far unfortunately there is nothing to suggest that this sighting is any more credible than any of the many others we have had over the last four-plus years.”

The private investigators for the McCanns are not believed to be travelling to India, raising questions over the credibility of this sighting.

It almost seemed too good to be true, after four years a little child that was stolen in a country very far away had ended up in … INDIA?! After a week of bad news with the shootings and the so called tragic death of Amy Winehouse, this seemed to be a happy ending to a crappy week, although later on in the night we then get:

Gerry and Kate McCann do not believe a young girl spotted in India is their missing daughter, their spokesman said.

The Chandigarh Tribune said that a British woman had seen a youngster bearing a remarkable likeness to Madeleine who disappeared four years ago.

But after studying a photo of the child, the McCanns announced this afternoon that the girl was not  their daughter.

Spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the couple were ‘certain’ the girl was not Madeleine, who would now be eight-years-old.

Still the child is to be DNA tested just to make sure, but if the McCann’s say it’s not their daughter, it’s probably not going to be their daughter. I have to ask though, is this behavior alright? I feel sorry for the two parents who were blatantly on holiday, some English woman starts yelling then all of a sudden half the city is trying to steal their child, I can appreciate she thought it was the child and was passionate about wanting to get the little girl back to her parents but you can’t go off like that. She should have alerted the police not taken matters into her own hands. Then the police confiscate their passports and bring them in, when it turns out not to be Maddie they better be getting a pretty big apology.

Unfortunately for Maddie, it seems like she’ll never be found, no matter how much money and resources is thrown at her investigation, they say when someone is kidnapped the first 72 hours is crucial, well it’s been 72 hours and over four years now, the only thing I can think about is what happened to her after she was abducted, there were reports that a paedophile ring operated in the Algarve, if that’s true and they’re the ones that took her I hate to think what her life is like at the moment, maybe she’s with another family somewhere living some sort of normal life, or maybe she’s just dead? But why would you risk kidnapping a child just to kill her?

The parents themselves were even suspects at one point, and their story that they gave is pretty suspect in it self, but no one likes to investigate the parents in cases like these, I personally don’t think it’s them, you wouldn’t produce four years of media coverage if it was you.

There’s so many unanswered questions with this case and I believe it’s the reason why it was given such world wide coverage, but if the whole world can’t find her by now, then I’m afraid she’ll never be found.

Everyone is clutching at straws trying to find her but unfortunately, I fear it may be time to give up the search, some people may never want to give up but it’s been four years, when women are yelling at parents on holiday that they’ve stolen their child, that’s when it’s time to call it a day. It’s going to be one of those all time mysteries that until someone comes forward, no one will fully know what happened.

I just hope wherever she is, she’s not suffering due to her parents stupidity. I hope she’s happy or at the very least, resting in peace.


Author: 'Ard Pete

Hey everyone, my names Pete, friends call me 'Ard Pete because... well, I'm well 'Ard. Currently in Chesterfield, England, currently working as an I.T. Technical Lead for BT Business and Public Sector; it sounds more glamourous than it is but I'm a dab hand with Microsoft products. I enjoy television, mainly any Star Trek, all of Stargate, Lost, anything Joss Whedon has produced, 24 and House. Favourite music includes; Mumford and Sons, Jason Mraz, Eminem, Chris Cornell, Ludovico Einaudi, Goo Goo Dolls, Muse, 30 Seconds To Mars basically a wide variety of anything that's real, I hate dance, trance and anything like that, I don't consider that to be music. Not much of a sports guy, I like Professional Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, I can watch Football but only when I'm forced to watch it. Favourite author is Terry Pratchett, favourite film is Armageddon, favourite comedian is Lee Evans, favourite idiot is Karl Pilkington, favourite game is GTAIII, if there's anything else you wish to know, don't hesitate to ask. I'll more than likely not be busy.

5 thoughts on “Clutching At Straws”

  1. You write very well.
    This case was tragic but could have so easily been avoided. I wouldn’t leave my dog in an unlocked hotel room, I wouldn’t even leave my adult son sleeping in an unlocked hotel room much less a little one. I always found their reasoning for that completely inexplicable.

  2. Its a sad thing to happen, but the parents have no one to blame but themselves for this incident and even if they do find the girl what do they tell her? We are sorry to have been so irresponsible but we still love you?

  3. I agree, it could and should have been avoided. How dare they leave those babies in a hotel room by themselves, even if they go to check on them occasionally. Did they think because they are in a resort the kids were safe? It reminds me of the families that let their children run free without any supervision here on the military base we live on. Just because it’s a military base does not mean it’s safe. Cars get broken into all the time, houses too. Once there was a home and the service member was hoarding weapons, and then got into a standoff with the police AT HIS HOME ON BASE.
    My point is, nobody is safe anywhere. There is always risk, and you have to always be aware. Have a great time, but do not leave your children unattended.
    As for them not being suspect, I was always suspicious of them for the fact that they were constantly seeking media coverage. Granted it can be useful in finding a missing person, but it seemed way more than usual, even here stateside. It reminded me of the cop here who (I guess still allegedly, I have not heard much about it in a while) killed his wife, then took to the media and was on the news every day, sometimes more, talking about it. He would seek out the media sitting outside wherever he was to talk about it. People like the attention, even if it’s the bad kind.

  4. I had never heard of this story, but I, admittedly, am a reclus when it comes to the news. I rarely believe a word of any of it. I find the BBC to be to most watchable – being more direct news instead of a bunch of bs stories like all of the American news, especially the local news – complete garbage. Anyway, enough… I hate hearing these types of stories and wonder, too, where the poor girl is and you’re probably right-we’ll never know but we can hope.

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