In February 2003 in Panama, a child with eighteen months old was kidnapped from her grandmother’s house in Loma Bonita Arraiján. The Serrano family’s missing child case has been unsolved for years despite arduous efforts by her parents to find her,and keep the story alive.
The assistant prosecutor, Luis Martinez said today that the Panamanian girl, believed to be Mónica Serrano, found in Guayaquil, following a joint effort by the Interpol and the Specialized National Police for Children and Adolescents [Dinapen] is not the child who has disappeared 7 years ago.
The assistant prosecutor as well as some Foreign Ministry personnel, and an expert in genetics from the Public Ministry (MP) travelled last Friday from Panama to Ecuador to investigate who the girl was, using Mónica Serrano mother's DNA to verify the child biological identity.
"The laboratory samples of DNA show that it is not Mónica Serrano" said Martinez at a press conference today, given to publicize the results of DNA tests that were conducted.
According to Panama's General attorney, Ana Matilde Gomez, the eight year old girl found in Equator, is Angelis [Anayelis] Mitre Castillo, a child who disappeared in Panama in 2002, presumably abducted and searched by the authorities since then.
Meanwhile, documents have surfaced at the Attorney General Office, which state that Jorge Enrique Mitre Arana and Karina Castillo Sala, the biological parents voluntarily agreed to give the small child to María Medina Reyes.
"There is a law in Panama that prohibits voluntary adoptions since last year, but when the girl was born, in 2001, they were permitted" said the attorney general, who indicated that at the time, the biological mother was 14 years old.
Ana Matilde Gomez said that the Public Ministry has been in contact with Anayelis [Angelis] Mitre Castillo biological parents, Jorge Enrique Mitre Arana and Karina Castillo Sala, a poor family that lives in the province of Darién, in an economically depressed area of the country, bordering Colombia and will continue to investigate the case.
Meanwhile the child is under the custody of the National Police for Children and Adolescents of Ecuador.
Sources in Expreso Guayaquil, Telemetro, Panama Star, Noticias 24
What has the above story [the voluntary relinquishment of parental rights] in common to this: 'Will Maddy Now be found?'; where concealed, but totally out of context appears the following bit of information: ''Last night investigators working for the McCanns ruled out paedophile Raymond Hewlett as a suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance.''?