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candyfluff Tue 12-Aug-08 15:05:55

so what gets my back up so much is that if you saw who you thought was maddeline mc cann why the hell wouldnt you grab her and call police immediatley,im sure her parents are thinking the very same thing!!

tiredemma Tue 12-Aug-08 15:07:36

most recent one has been discounted. It was agirl out walking with her Nanny.

SpandexIsMyEnemy Tue 12-Aug-08 15:08:22

this is the exact discussion I was just having in nans kitchen!

I pray it's her and also she's not been harmed sexually/ill treated.

what I want to know is at the v least why don't they ring the police at the time - why wait till the day after?

lets hope after all this time she's found safe and well, & isn't taken away out of sight again.

<still say that Portuguese inspector bloke had something to do with ti some how - even if it was cover it up>

LIZS Tue 12-Aug-08 15:11:07

are they "new" ?

candyfluff Tue 12-Aug-08 15:12:28

i just cant get my head around the fact that if you knew it was her why didnt you do something about it ,i feel sick to my stomach for kate and gerry it must be heart renching.

amidaiwish Tue 12-Aug-08 15:13:49

yes apparently some guy sold her a chocolate ice cream last week in Belgium

and it must be her because her favourite ice cream is chocolate

that and 95% of all 4 year olds.

I so want them to find her, it makes me ache and i do not understand why you wouldn't grab her and call the police. I also think if any of these were real leads they would not be on front page news alerting whoever is holding her.

SlartyBartFast Tue 12-Aug-08 15:15:17

what gets me is the news make such a fuss about it - if it was her her kidnappers would take her into big hiding.

i bet her parents almost wish her body could be found.

wannaBe Tue 12-Aug-08 15:21:33

you would grab a child you thought was her? seriously? And just what exactly would you do with her? take her away from her parents and take her to the police? And that would make you ... what... a child snatcher?

I would be absolutely livid if someone grabbed my child, even under the pretence of thinking it was another child. Call the police by all means, but grabbing a child would just not be on, and if someone did that to my child I'd be looking to press charges.

Personally I think that most people wouldn't just grab her A because you just don't doo that sort of thing, and B because most people don't actually believe she's out there.

amidaiwish Tue 12-Aug-08 15:33:10

if i saw a 4 year old girl, with the shading in her eye, with people who didn't look like her parents, and she said "those people took me from my holiday" then YES I WOULD GRAB HER.

if i turned out to be wrong i could hold my head up high that i had just reason to.

of course i would call the police straightaway. i am sure these petrol stations have panic buttons and fast police response.

DoubleBluff Tue 12-Aug-08 15:37:24

These sightings are crap and it makes my blood boil.
These people who have 'seen' her are attention seekers. ANd th epress are only printing this crap to boost their sales.
It is sick.
O fcourse I would be aas thrilled as the next person if Maddie turned up safe and well, but this hysteria is not helping.

SlartyBartFast Tue 12-Aug-08 15:41:10

exactly, the Sun made the petrol station one look like a NEW sighting from their front cover = only to find out it was a year ago!!!
this is all being raked up because of the portugease police making their fihndings public. i think

icecreamsoda Tue 12-Aug-08 15:52:09

But even if you found her now you couldn't just grab her. Do you think she even remembers who she is and who her parents are? She probably doesn't even know she was taken by strangers, because if she is still alive she was probably told that she had been sent to live with whoever might have her because her mummy and daddy didn't want her any more or had died or who knows what, but it would have been a believeable explanation for her, and her life would now be with those people. So if you grabbed her it would be as traumatic for her as being taken in the first place.

Even if she was found now, it wouldn't be as simple as just returning her to her parents. She would probably have to undergo months of therapy to help her deal with what has happened to her. And her family would probably have to undergo therapy to help them come to terms with the fact that she probably wouldn't remember them.

This is never going to have a happy ending.

HonoriaGlossop Tue 12-Aug-08 16:13:25

agree with doublebluff. Attention seekers will 'see' her for years to come. It must be torture for her parents. Responsible papers should let police investigate first; but of course they don't do that because when the police have found it's nothing, then they have no story, do they?

UniversallyChallenged Tue 12-Aug-08 17:53:27

Anyone know why last night's Maddie thread was deleted? Unless it went pear shaped after midnight when i stopped mnetting it was saying similar things as this one

SpandexIsMyEnemy Tue 12-Aug-08 18:30:34

usually (and here i'm thinking about the forced lads who are move/killed etc) the papers usually find out a few days later - after everything's been sorted, facts etc found out - to that end, it's not impossible that these sightings have been investigated prior to newspaper 'leaks'

would I take her if I thought it was her - possibly not - I don't think so - maybe. but what I would do would be to try and alert the police and keep her talking/in the area until they got there if possible.

piratecat Tue 12-Aug-08 19:45:50

yes i was wondering where that thread went.

expatinscotland Tue 12-Aug-08 19:49:26

her name is MADELEINE, not 'Maddie', and i am so sure some stranger grabbing up a person's child is going to go over well with her parents.

it would right piss me off if some random person tried to take my daughter and run away from her and when i caught up with them, because i would, you'd better believe they would wish they hadn't.

CuckooClockWorkOrange Tue 12-Aug-08 19:54:14

I don't believe any of these alleged sightings. For a start, I can see that without looking too far, even my own dd looks a bit like mm. Same age HOney ish hair, blue eyes. Kind of 'neutral' features...

If I saw her (god can't believe I'm even typing it) I would know it was her. I am SO familiar with her face, if it WAS her, I'd be in no doubt. I'd recognise her like my own child now.

I don't know how anybody (from GB anyway) could say they were 60-80% sure.

CuckooClockWorkOrange Tue 12-Aug-08 19:55:46

ps, my dd was out with her grandma and father last week. They are respectively black and (visibly) mixed race. My dd is not. I am now wondering if people thought they kidnapped her!

expatinscotland Tue 12-Aug-08 20:00:16

if i turned out to be wrong i could hold my head up high that i had just reason to.

oh, yes, i'm sure the magistrate would really applaud you in court when the parents pressed charges.

and i expect you'd be equally happy with some stranger using the pretext that your child looked like some other kid to abduct your own daughter.

vinous Tue 12-Aug-08 20:03:13

Madeleine front pages add thousands to newspaper sales, so it's convenient to re-hash some sightings from the newly released papers and throw in some new ones for good measure. It's not news or newsworthy.

wannaBe Tue 12-Aug-08 20:03:29

but you don't know her. You only know her from those pictures, which are now 18 months old.

18 months is a long time in a child's life.

She may have lost teeth, her facial features might be changing, she may look more grown-up.

And it's highly unlikely that if she were being paraded round in public, she even looks the same now. Has probably had hair cut/possibly dyed. In the not too distant future she will be able to wear a contact lense and that blemish in her eye will be irelevant because no-one will see it.

CuckooClockWorkOrange Tue 12-Aug-08 20:05:01

"in the not too distant future she will be able to wear a contact lense"

Heaven help her. She won't be wearing a contact lense. Ever. I just HOPE they find her body one day.

wannaBe Tue 12-Aug-08 20:06:52

I agree with you there. I've never thought she was alive beyond the night she disappeared.

But for those who believe she is alive, the reality is that even if she was, she would never be found.

MrsGuyOfGisbourne Tue 12-Aug-08 20:44:07

icecream soda and wannabe - totally agree. She was three when she was reported missing. After more than a year, if she was alive and living a 'normal' life, she would not remember her previous life. This is August, the newspapers have to fill theri front pages, they have finally given up on Diana, and so Madeleine has taken her place as a money spinner.
I have always thought she was probably dead even before she was reported missing - poor little thing - indescribably sad case.

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