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Shanon Matthews, a new Mari Luz Cortes for the McCanns

We pray for Shan

Shannon Matthews, 9, missing from her home since Tuesday afternoon

MADELEINE McCann’s parents sent a heartfelt message of support yesterday to the distraught mum of Shannon Matthews.

Kate and Gerry spoke of “deep concern” for the nine-year-old, who went missing six days ago.

Gerry, whose four-year-old daughter vanished in Praia da Luz, Portugal, last May, said in his online blog: “The continued disappearance of Shannon is deeply concerning and our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

“No matter what has happened to Shannon, there can be no doubt she must be extremely vulnerable.”

The surgeon, of Rothley, Leics, added: “We hope she is found safe and well very soon and returned to her family.”

Gerry's Blog
22nd January 2008 (295 days)

There has been a lot of media attention focussed on a possible sighting of Madeleine in Montpellier one week ago. We only heard of this two days ago and this was from a report sent into the website. Clarence has been inundated with media requests from all over the world for further information. Despite this, Kate and I have had no official notification of the potential sighting nor, more importantly, of whether this sighting has been eliminated by the authorities despite what has been reported in the press.

The continued disappearance of nine-year-old Shannon Matthews is deeply concerning and our thoughts and prayers are with her family. No matter what has happened to Shannon, there can be no doubt she must extremely vulnerable having spent three nights and four days away from home. We hope that she is found safe and well very soon and returned to her family.


Hunt continues for missing Shannon

Police have searched more than 200 homes and received over 300 calls from the public as the search for missing nine-year-old Shannon Matthews continues for a seventh day.

The schoolgirl, from Moorside Road, Dewsbury Moor, West Yorkshire, failed to return home from school after a swimming trip on Tuesday afternoon.

The police operation, which has involved 250 officers and desperate day-and-night searches by friends and relatives, has so far failed to find a trace of Shannon.

Officers have searched more than 200 homes within a half-mile radius of Moorside Road and leaflets appealing for information about Shannon's whereabouts have also been distributed around the area.

On Sunday the police operation focused on areas close to her family home and groups of officers could be seen conducting house to house inquiries in the vicinity.

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police described the investigation as "extensive", but stressed that the door-to-door inquiries were part of the wider hunt.

She said: "West Yorkshire Police is carrying out a large number of searches in and around the area where Shannon lives. This forms an important part of the investigation to build up a clearer picture of Shannon and her lifestyle and should not be seen as unusual."

Earlier, the congregation at St James Church, Heckmondwike, close to the youngster's home, began their Sunday service with prayers for her safe return.

The community has rallied around the family with worried neighbours and family members, some wearing T-shirts showing pictures of the schoolgirl, gathering at the residents' association hall near her home.

The last confirmed sighting of Shannon was as she left West Moor Junior School at 3.10pm after returning from a swimming lesson. Detectives have released CCTV footage showing Shannon entering and leaving Dewsbury Sports Centre swimming pool with classmates shortly before her disappearance.



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1 comment:

  1. beware of the dog...

    Eddie the sniffer leads care home search
    Last Updated: 2:04am GMT 25/02/2008 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/25/njersey325.xml

    The search at Haut de la Garenne is being led by a sniffer dog that specialises in detecting human remains.

    Eddie, the springer spaniel, was involved in the search for Madeleine McCann in Portugal


    Eddie, the springer spaniel, first came to public attention when taken to the Algarve to help the search for Madeleine McCann last summer.

    He was said to have picked up traces of the missing girl in the back of Kate and Gerry McCann's car which they hired five weeks after she disappeared.

    The seven-year-old "enhanced victim recovery dog" flew to Jersey last week with a second sniffer dog that specialises in detecting blood.

    On Saturday, Eddie picked up the scent of the child's skeleton through several inches of concrete in the corridor on the ground floor of Haut de la Garenne.

    The dogs are helping a search team made up of police and experts who have travelled from England and Scotland to help the Jersey police.

    Among the group are a forensic anthropologist and an archaeologist.


    After Eddie identified seven areas on the property, ground penetrating radar equipment was used to look for any disturbances in the soil.Forensic and archaeological experts have dug trenches in the ground floor of the children's home which they are searching on their knees.

    The painstaking fingertip work is expected to take several weeks. Similar trenches are being dug outside the building and JCB diggers have been brought in to clear shrubs and bushes which are in the way.

    Six more sites in care home probe http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/jersey/7262108.stm

    Child's body found at care home .... The excavation of Haut de la Garenne, involving a sniffer dog and ground radar, started on Tuesday when information emerged from the police inquiry. ... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/jersey/7260625.stm

    Hostel excavated after child's remains are found Police in Jersey investigating child abuse allegations dating back decades are continuing their excavations at a former care home where a child's remains were found at the weekend....."The [sniffer] dog has indicated that there is another area, and we are concentrating some of our searches there," she said. "Apparently the remains that the dog detected yesterday were detected through several inches of concrete."..... "As a result of definitive indications from the ground penetrating radar, the archaeologist and also, perhaps most pronounced from the [sniffer]dog, we excavated one particular area of the house," he said. [...] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/hostel-excavated-after-childs-remains-are-found-786759.html

    Hunt at children’s home after skull is found The Times February 25, 2008 Hunt for bodies at Jersey children’s home is extended to six more sites .... After the discovery of the skull buried in a Victorian-built institution used as a location for the television series Bergerac, officers searched the area with sniffer dogs. They have identified six more sites of interest at the hostel and say they cannot rule out the discovery of more bodies. The child’s skull unearthed over the weekend has been sent to the mainland for dating but police say that it had been there for at least five years. Police used dogs and ground-penetrating radar to uncover the remains, which were under 7in of concrete. [...] http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article3428019.ece

    More bodies feared at Jersey home Sniffer dogs locate more possible remains after child's skull found buried at former children's home Six more bodies feared buried in Jersey home ..... Yesterday Lenny Harper, the senior investigating officer, said a sniffer dog that found the first remains had identified six other potential burial sites in and around the home. Radar equipment had confirmed areas of interest and Harper said he could not rule out the possibility that "half a dozen" bodies might be found. "There could be six, but it could be higher than that," he said. The officer in charge of the case said bones were found on the premises around five years ago. At the time, it was assumed they were animal bones, but in the light of the new findings, the police hope to examine them - if they can find them again. "They have gone missing," said Harper.....The discovery of the remains on Saturday came after Jersey police last Tuesday began a forensic search of the building, which is now a youth hostel. "We got information from three different sources that there may well be human remains here," said Harper, speaking outside the home in St Martin. .... Saturday morning The body of a child is found at the home after a sniffer dog detects remains through several inches of concrete. It will take several weeks for the gender of the body, and how long it had been there, to be established.[...] http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/25/jersey.child.bodies

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