This information belongs to the Ministério Público in Portimão, Portugal.
It was released to the public on 4 August 2008 in accordance with Portuguese Law

4163 to 4165 Letter re: Mari Luz Cortes abduction 2008.04.03
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As is known by many, on 13 January of the current year, in the late afternoon, there disappeared a 5 year old child, of gypsy ethnicity, identified as Mari Luz Cortes. The disappearance took place in a suburb [district] of the City of Huelva having occurred when the child left her house to purchase something from a local shop [kiosk] about 150/200 metres from her home.
Despite the unusual occurrence, the disappearance was from a public street which distances it from possible comparisons with the disappearance under investigation in this [our] case [in Portugal].

After almost two months, on 07 March, and after exhaustive searches and media reports, the body of the child, already a cadaver, came to be found next to a refinery, namely Rio Tinto, on the outskirts of Andaluz de Huelva.

From the autopsy it was determined that death was a result of asphyxia and not drowning as previously thought. Probatory evidence was obtained through the autopsy, or at least indications, about a suspect already referred to by the authorities, of a neighbour of the parents linked with paedophile activities and sexual abuse of minors.

The suspect lived scarcely 50/60 metres from the child's home, the ground floor entrance of that [the suspect's] home being on the route followed by the child.
After being located and approached by Spanish police the suspect confessed to murder, alleging that it had been an accidental death which was confirmed as being the truth by the Spanish authorities.
In fact, the suspect approached the child when she passed by the building entrance, and induced her into his house. Once the child reacted, screaming and gesticulating, the suspect, attempting to subdue her and put a stop to that, covered her mouth and nose with his hand cutting off her air supply, which culminated in death, to which the five year old succumbed.
The suspect's objective had not been to kill the child but to molest her sexually.
From past experience and the socio-economic character of the district, everything pointed to it having been a local resident or someone who commonly frequented that location, the locals [natives] knowing immediately about any strangers, which limited the the search for suspects, which again, differs from our case.
Nevertheless, those responsible for the investigation in Spain were asked if they knew of any matters that might relate to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Peremptorily they were convinced that the suspect knew nothing, he never having been to Portugal. He had no personal transport, as that was found in a garage near to Madrid, nor a mobile phone with which to make any contact.

He lives in a situation of near indigence, coupled with mental problems, that would not suggest any relationship with the disappearance of the British minor.
This individual acted in a basic and rudimentary manner, [thereby] setting aside any notion of vigilance or premeditated action. His action was based on instinct and momentary opportunity.

In this way, from the described analysis we can see, in my opinion, there is no relationship between the two occurrences whose sole common denominators are the relative geographic location and the fact that they were female children of similar age.

That is all that I wish to inform you, sir.

Portimao, 3 April 2008.
Inspector Joao Carlos.


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