Human bones picked up by trawler nets
by José Manuel Oliveira
As stated by the commander of Olhão's Port Authority, Ricardo Arrabaça, there are some "long bones of an incomplete arm, besides a pelvis bone and a leg bone, both equally incomplete", adding that "they might belong to an individual, adult who has been in the sea for a long time". In that way, it was excluded the idea that rouse immediately when thinking about the eventuality of the bones belonging to Madeleine McCann, the English child who disappeared on the evening of May 3, 2007, from Praia da Luz, Lagos. On the other hand, there is no record of disappearances at sea in that area.
The fishing boat, a trawler of Vila Real de Santo António, where no infraction was detected, had to be accompanied by the Portuguese ship Eagle to the port of Olhão for the bones to be collected. The human bones followed up from there to the National Institute of Legal Medicine in Lisbon. The case was referred to the Public Ministry.
in Diário de Notícias (paper edition), August 4, 2011
Update August 14, 2011
Human Bone found in trawler net
A human bone was found today in a trawler net during an inspection conducted by the navy off the coast of the Algarve, in Tavira, said to Lusa (news agency) the commander of the Port authority of Olhão.
"It was a trawler vessel, six miles away from the coast, off the island of Tavira, in the area of fish trawling, that was subject to an inspection made by a navy motorboat. When the net was raised, in order to inspect the fishing mesh, a human bone was found", explained the commander Ricardo Arrabaça.
The same source stated that the inspection was made between 06:00 and 06:30 and, when the human remains were detected, "the fish were thrown away and the vessel was accompanied by the ship of the Portuguese Republic, Eagle, to the port of Olhão so the bone could be collected".
"We contacted the Public Ministry, who has sent the bone to the National Institute of Legal Medicine so they can try identify to whom it belonged or to gather evidence that might help that task", added the commander of the Olhão's port authority. No infraction was found in the trawler, still according to the same source.
in Diário de Notícias, August 3, 2011
Grisly find is not little Madeleine
THERE was new hope in the search for Madeleine McCann last night [the news was first published 11 days ago as seen above] after it emerged human remains found near where she vanished are not hers. Arm, leg and pelvis bones were discovered in a fishing boat’s net off the coast of Tavira – 60 miles from the resort where Maddie disappeared four years ago.
They sparked speculation about whether they were linked to Maddie. But authorities now believe the bones belong to a “young adult or adult”. The news will be a huge boost to Maddie’s parents, Kate and Gerry, 43, from Rothley, Leics, who are convinced she is still alive. Their hopes have been raised and dashed numerous times since Maddie vanished, aged three, from Praia da Luz.
Less than a year after her disappearance links were made between Maddie and bones found in a nearby reservoir. But they belonged to animals.
Meanwhile, thousands of “sightings”, including one last month in Leh, India, have proved fruitless. A spokesman for the McCanns said: “The search for Madeleine is very much continuing.”
Daily Star (paper version), page 9