Friday, October 3, 2014

Global Impact: 2007 Disappearance of Madeleine McCann Remains to Be News

According to AFP, Scotland Yard is investigating a catalogue of alleged online abuse directed at the parents of Madeleine McCann since her 2007 disappearance, which emerged on Thursday (October 2):
Madeleine McCann would be 11 years of age today.

A dossier handed to police contains reams of posts by Internet "trolls," including death threats, targeting Kate and Gerry McCann, Sky News reported.
The file, compiled by alarmed members of the public, spans several years and includes more than 80 pages of Tweets, Facebook posts and messages on online forums, the broadcaster said.
Some messages allegedly suggest the couple should be tortured and killed and "burn in hell," while others are directed at Madeleine's twin siblings, now aged nine.
The so-called "trolls" appear to believe that the McCanns had some involvement in their daughter's disappearance in Portugal--despite having been ruled out as suspects by police.
London's Metropolitan Police said officers involved in Operation Grange, the British search for Madeleine, were looking into the dossier, in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
"We can confirm we received a letter and documentation on September 9 which was passed to officers from Operation Grange," a Scotland Yard spokesman said.
COMMENT: "They are assessing its contents and consulting with the CPS and the McCann family."
The McCanns have campaigned tirelessly to try to find Madeleine since she went missing in the Algarve in May 2007, when she was three years old.
She disappeared from a bedroom of her family's holiday apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz a few days short of her fourth birthday as her parents dined with friends at a nearby tapas restaurant.
Earlier this year Portuguese and British investigators conducted an eight-day search of land around the resort, but found no evidence relating to her disappearance.

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