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Mari Luz Cortés, missing in Huelva

Private detectives working for Madeleine McCann's parents are investigating the disappearance of a young Spanish girl.

Five year old Mari Luz Cortés was last seen on Sunday in the town of Huelva, 120 miles/200 kilometres from where Madeleine disappeared. The investigators have spoken to the girl's parents, and to Spanish police.

Mari Luz disappeared after walking 200 yards from her gypsy family's home to buy a bag of crisps at about 5pm on Sunday.

When she did not return, her mother Irena frantically searched the run- down housing estate where they live, before calling the police two hours later.

Officers sent helicopters and sniffer dogs to scour the area, and searched bins, water tanks and wells around the Andalusian city.

Portuguese police also carried out searches on their side of the border.

A witness came forward yesterday to report seeing Maria on a bus hours after she vanished. The little girl was said to be with a gypsy woman who was shouting at her to keep quiet.

Mrs Cortes said: "It's a credible lead for me because the woman gave a lot of facts about the clothes the girl was wearing. "I think it could be my daughter."

Her 34-year-old husband, Juan Jose, broke down after admitting he feared his daughter had been abducted – and that the Madeleine case was in the back of everyone’s minds.

He said: “It is a possibility that the disappearance of my daughter is linked to the Madeleine case but it is not something we want to contemplate.”
Weeping openly, he said: “Whoever has her, bring her back and everything will be OK.”

The former professional football coach, who now runs a small construction company, added: “We have no quarrels with anyone. We suspect nobody and everybody, because the family doesn’t know how to deal with the situation.

“If anyone has taken Maria Luz by mistake, or if they thought she was lost, please bring her back. She’s very shy and she never gets lost. She is a very bright girl with chestnut-coloured hair and enormous bright eyes.”

A spokesman for the Spanish National Police said: "A thoroughly intense search is being carried out by more than 100 officers, but so far there has been no definite sign of Mari Luz." He said Portuguese police were alerted because Huelva was so close to the border.

Mari Luz Cortés, desaparecida en Huelva
En el momento de su desaparición vestía con una camiseta rosa y unos leotardos del mismo color y una falda

Fue vista por última vez en su barrio, El Torrejón de Huelva, a las 17:30 horas del domingo 13 de enero de 2008.

La colaboración ciudadana es fundamental para encontrarla. Por favor, si tienes alguna pista comunícalo urgentemente a la Guardia Civil, a la Policía, etc. o llama a estos teléfonos de la familia:

655 15 97 76 - 630 36 32 02

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