The Argentinean “McCanns”: Sofia Herrera’s father was detained
The story of Sofía Yasmín Herrera, 3 years old and 8 months, is similar to the one of Madeleine McCann of almost four years old who disappeared in Portugal in 2007. Sofia was with her parents and mysteriously disappeared on the 28th of September 2008 from a camping site in the touristic town of Rio Grande, Argentina. The similarities with the 'Maddie Case' and with the controversial 'McCanns', grew on the other side of the world. The contradictions of Sofia's parents statements arouse suspicions since the first day. In cases like this, usually the close circle around the victim has and should be always investigated.
Sofia Herrera’s father was detained as ordered by the judge because he contradicted himself during the reconstruction of his daughter’s disappearance. In addition at the magistrate’s request, the camping’s caretaker where the girl was last seen was also detained. The reconstruction started last Wednesday and ended yesterday. Today, the judge will hear the detainee’s statements.
The arrests came after the reconstruction of the disappearance, which began Wednesday and ended yesterday. “It was the second reconstruction, with all the players who were there at the last moments the girl was seen; because, during the various statements, several differences were detected between the stories. Thanks to this new diligence, we could detect some serious incongruences in some of the things that were said relative to the time and space, which caused a shift in the case”, confirmed a prosecution source who intervenes on the case to Pagina/12.
At the moment Fabian Herrera is accused of "hindering the investigation" and the caretaker Alberto Urrutia, for the alleged "abduction" of the child.
Buenos Aires police, federal police and even a forensic team of Cordoba [Argentina’s Cordoba ] intervened on the case. Last night, after eleven months without Sofia, the judge Eduardo López ordered the arrest de Herrera, while, at the request of the plaintiff’s attorney (Francisco Ibarra) the same was done with Urrutia. Although the crimes against them are different, both men were arrested after the second reconstruction of the events.
The site of the reconstruction: the campsite John Godall Rio Grande (Tierra del Fuego).
The time: between last Wednesday and yesterday.
The intention: to determine the time (the hours) and the exact place where each player was just before the disappearance.
The players: the child's mother (María Elena Delgado), Fabian Herrera (the father), Paloma and Silvio Giménez (friends of the couple Herrera), their two sons and the caretaker Urrutia; these were all people who were camping at the time of Sofia's disappearance.
After finishing the first stage of the judicial reconstruction and because of the alleged inconsistencies between the statements of Herrera and his friend Giménez, on Wednesday, Judge Lopez made a confrontation between the two. “Since the beginning of the case, Delgado, Paloma and Herrera had different contradictions in their statements. Silvio Giménez was the only one who in nine witness’s statements has always said the same thing”, told this newspaper a source of investigation.
During the confrontation, Giménez said the same that he had reported in September 2008, while Sofia's dad “did not remember well all the facts because I was very nervous”, assured to Pagina/12 his wife .
According to a preliminary report of the (second) reconstruction, Herrera kept repeatedly “forgetting” about the day when his daughter disappeared. For example, at the moment of establishing with his body the distance that separated him from Sofia, in the last time he saw her, the man replied that “it was not more than 20 meters”. However, measurements taken at the camping site yesterday by the Buenos Aires police officers determined that, between the place Herrera said he was and the space where his daughter supposedly was there were more than 180 meters. Between the testimony and the diligences, there was almost two “cuadras” [measure – one cuadra= 80 meters by 80 meters] of difference.
A few days ago, psychologists from the Supreme Court of Justice determined that “the report of one of Giménez’s children – the six-year-old boy who said that he saw Sofia as she climbed into a car – is not a lie, but contains several inconsistencies, fissures, and basically is not accurate”, confirmed the prosecutor source. Therefore, according to the lawyer, from “the statements that were taken today (yesterday) it could determine that the last place where the little girl was seen, was very close to the house of Urrutia”, the camping’s caretaker.
The Madeleine Case
Madeleine McCann, who had three years, disappeared on May 3, 2007, while on vacation with her parents and siblings in Praia de Luz, Portugal. The case was investigated by the British and Portuguese police, and remains unresolved. The Investigators from Portugal consider to today the girl's parents, Gerry and Kate McCann (doctors), as suspects.
A member of the Portuguese Judiciary Police said that the parents "continue a strategy of disseminating new information almost daily through the media," which "aims to harm the investigation and take it in the wrong paths."
The parents, meanwhile, hold a public campaign and hired detectives to find the girl. A couple of weeks ago, at a press conference they presented the sketch of a a woman who they consider suspicious.
in Pagina/12 (Argentinian Newspaper) here & here