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Re: Hunt for Australian Madeleine McCann

Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2021 1:51 pm
by Carana
An unusual case.

Apparently, she wasn't physically harmed, thank heavens.

No excuse, but could he be some lost soul desperately yearning for a family of his own?

Re: Hunt for Australian Madeleine McCann

Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2021 10:31 am
by jjbd
The family of Cleo Smith have thanked police and locals in their remote Western Australian community for helping to “bring their little girl back” to them.

In their first public statement, released on Friday afternoon, Cleo’s mother, Ellie Smith, and stepfather, Jake Gliddon, said the family were “humbled by the love and support” they had received from “not only our local community but the whole of Western Australia and across the country” in relation to their daughter’s alleged abduction.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the rescue of our daughter Cleo Smith,” the statement said.

“In particular, we would like to thank WA Police, all those involved in the initial search, the Carnarvon community, local businesses and of course our family and friends.

The pair said they “are so thankful that our little girl is back within our arms and our family is whole again”.

“As we try to get on with our lives, we ask that you respect our privacy,” they said.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-n ... -statement

Re: Hunt for Australian Madeleine McCann

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2021 10:41 am
by sal

Re: Hunt for Australian Madeleine McCann

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2021 11:00 am
by jjbd
Telecommunication providers then gave police a list of phone numbers that had been used in the area during the times of interest.

Detective superintendent Rod Wilde said the data was then layered with other information before Kelly became a person of interest.

'So we put the phone data over numberplate-recognition data, CCTV, witness accounts, forensics... And when you layer them on top of each other you solve crimes and that is merely what we have done here.'
Real Police work.

Re: Hunt for Australian Madeleine McCann

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2021 12:11 pm
by sal

Re: Hunt for Australian Madeleine McCann

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2021 4:32 pm
by sal

Re: Hunt for Australian Madeleine McCann

Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2021 7:50 am
by sal
JANE MOORE Cleo Smith trolls have slithered under a rock…for now
Jane Moore
21:47, 9 Nov 2021Updated: 22:36, 9 Nov 2021
THE abduction of Cleo Smith from a family camping holiday in Australia has been likened to the case of Madeleine McCann.

Except, of course, four-year-old Cleo was found safe and well after 18 days while, 14 years on, the agony still endures for Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry.

Thankfully, Cleo was eventually found alive and well at the home of her suspected abductor
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Thankfully, Cleo was eventually found alive and well at the home of her suspected abductorCredit: Reuters
Alleged kidnapper Terence Darrell Kelly arrived at Casuarina Prison south of Perth in shackles yesterday afternoon
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Alleged kidnapper Terence Darrell Kelly arrived at Casuarina Prison south of Perth in shackles yesterday afternoonCredit: getty
But one deeply unwelcome similarity between the two cases was the rush by online trolls to heap blame on the already distraught parents — either by implicating them in their own child’s disappearance or accusing them of not watching her closely enough.

Despite the early-on insistence of Aussie detectives that they were not treating Cleo’s mum Ellie and stepfather Jake Gliddon as suspects, online forums rapidly started filling up with conspiracy theories.

Some of these “internet sleuths” were genuinely wanting to help, some were stirring the pot of suspicion with claims that there were “discrepancies” in the couple’s account, and some were just plain nasty.

And just like the McCanns, laced through it all were the same old tropes about how they just didn’t seem distressed enough to be the parents of a missing child.


It’s called shock and paralysing terror, you dimbos.

“I just don’t get why some people, when they get a keyboard, say the most horrible and shocking things that they would never say otherwise,” says Mark McGowan, premier of Western Australia.

Because they can do so with impunity, that’s why.

And until everyone has to be identifiable when they post comments, innocent people like Cleo’s parents and the McCanns will continue to bear the brunt of other people’s inadequacies.

Thankfully, Cleo was eventually found alive and well at the home of her suspected abductor 45 miles away, and the tables turned on the ghastly trolls.

“Let’s hope the conspiracy theorists who have posted vile accusations against her parents now offer a public apology,” tweeted one local journalist who worked on the case.

Except they won’t, of course. They’ll just slither back under the largely anonymous rock from whence they crawled to await their next victim.

Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch said: “We cautioned early on about internet detectives.

"Police were doing their work and sifting through it. I think what’s happened here today is a strong reminder, don’t judge too quickly.”

Hear hear.

The superb Netflix documentary Don’t F*** With Cats shows that, done correctly, the modern phenomenon of internet sleuths can strike gold after meticulous research.

But this is the rare exception, rather than the rule, and the majority of conspiracy theorists go down a rabbit hole of self-importance, unsubstantiated rumour and partisan judgment.

It is unhelpful to the police and downright distressing to those whose loved ones are involved in the case.

Thankfully, Ellie and Jake have a happy ending to their terrifying ordeal. But for the McCanns, the agonising wait of knowing what happened to Maddie goes on and persistent trolls continue to spit bile in their direction.

Shame on them.

Re: Hunt for Australian Madeleine McCann

Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2021 12:46 pm
by honestbroker1
Each case of a missing child should have its own, separate, and unique identity, in my opinion.

Re: Hunt for Australian Madeleine McCann

Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2021 9:01 pm
by sal

Re: Hunt for Australian Madeleine McCann

Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 9:49 am
by sal

Re: Hunt for Australian Madeleine McCann

Posted: Wed Nov 17, 2021 12:02 pm
by honestbroker1