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Pk_#2
05-15-2007, 09:12 AM
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Casa Liliana, sealed off by police looking for Madeleine McCann
The sealed off single-storey building is known as Casa Liliana
Police in Portugal searching for Madeleine McCann have questioned three people and searched a villa close to where the four-year-old was last seen.

It is believed one of those questioned was a British man, Robert Murat. Police say no-one has been arrested.

The villa he shares with his mother Jenny, 71, in Praia da Luz, Algarve, was searched for several hours. She denied they had done anything wrong.

Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, has been missing for 12 days.

'Normal developments'

Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa confirmed more than one person had been taken to make statements at the police station in the town of Portimao on Monday, where the investigation is being co-ordinated.

He described the search at the villa, which is known as Casa Liliana, and the resulting questioning as a "normal development" in the case.

BBC correspondent Steve Kingstone said the fact no-one had been arrested indicated those being questioned were being treated as witnesses.


Jenny and Robert Murat

The villa is owned by Jenny Murat and used by son Robert

The villa remains cordoned off, with officers standing guard.

The search of the property began at 0700 local time on Monday after Sunday Mirror journalist Lori Campbell had spoken to the British Embassy and the police about Mr Murat, who has become well known to journalists during the search for Madeleine.

Mr Murat, formerly of Hockering, Norfolk, describes himself as half-Portuguese and told journalists he had been helping police with translation work during the investigation.

Mrs Murat, a former nurse, has lived in Portugal for 40 years and brought her son and daughter up in the country.

'Well known'

When asked by the BBC on Monday why the villa was being searched, she replied: "I don't know why."

She then said she was "not allowed" to speak to reporters, before moving away.

Mrs Murat, believed to be a widow, has been running a stall on the seafront in Praia da Luz, appealing for information from the public about Madeleine's disappearance.


The family has a very good reputation and a very good name
Catherine Roberts, friend of the Murat family

Catherine Roberts, a friend of the family in Portugal, said: "Jenny is very well known around here - she has lived here most of her life.

"And the family has a very good reputation and a very good name."

Officers in white suits with facemasks were seen at the Murats' villa and in its grounds on Monday evening.

It is believed the search has included draining its swimming pool.

'Concrete evidence'

Last week searches were scaled back in the area immediately around the holiday apartment where Madeleine was last seen on 3 May.

The focus had shifted to an international child abduction inquiry, amid suggestions she may have been taken out of Portugal.

Madeleine is believed to have been abducted while her parents were eating at a tapas bar.

On Monday, her parents Kate and Gerry McCann said they would not return to the UK until Madeleine was found safe and well.

Mr McCann, who is originally from Glasgow, said the couple would continue to believe she was being cared for until they received "concrete evidence to the contrary".

Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann disappeared on 3 May

He said they had drawn "tremendous strength from the warmth and the spiritual outpouring" the couple had received from around the world.

British ambassador to Portugal John Buck said there were "impressive resources" being devoted to the investigation and praised the "truly exceptional" collaboration between the Portuguese and British police.

Rewards totalling £2.5m have been offered to anyone with information leading to the safe return of Madeleine, who was four on Saturday.

A "fighting fund" to which members of the public can donate to help in the search for Madeleine is also being set up by her family's lawyers.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6656451.stm
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Nyomi
05-15-2007, 08:38 PM
Thanks for sharing.

I pray she's found soon..! :( :(
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Kittygyal
05-15-2007, 08:41 PM
Salamualikum.
Thanks for sharing
I hope she be found soon God wills :( :(
Ma'assalama
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chacha_jalebi
05-15-2007, 08:43 PM
salaam

i hope she found safe and sound

and its good they gave a lot of media coverage that way ppl that took her know they wil be busted soon inshallah.
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NobleMuslimUK
05-19-2007, 12:46 AM
I think the reward money will speed up the process.

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