Joana Isabel Cipriano Guerreiro (8) was an eight-year-old Portuguese girl who disappeared from the village of Figueira, near Portimão, in the Algarve, on 12 September 2004. According to her mother, Leonor, she was sent to buy some groceries from the village store near her home at around 8pm. She was witnessed by the store owner to buy a tin of tuna and some milk from the Ofelia store, and was last seen by a neighbour walking back near the village church, some 200 yards from her home.
Missing presumed murdered - Joana Isabel Cipriano Guerreiro disappeared on 12 September 2004.
At around 9.30pm, her uncle, João Cipriano, left the house to look for her and made for the store where he met Leonor's partner Leandro Silva and another person MM. Silva and MM returned to the Cipriano family home and when it was confirmed to them that Joana was in fact missing they went out to look for her.
Between 10.30pm and 11.00pm the child's mother, Leonor Cipriano, joined her partner Leandro Silva and MM and only at that point in time did she go to store and asked the owner (NN) if Joana had been there since she was missing.
Leonor Cipriano didn't inform the police authorities about the missing child despite there being GNR officers on duty in Figueira as a popular fair called "Mussels Party" was taking place at the time. It was the shop owner (NN) who made the call at around 12.44am on the 13 September, when she heard that Leonor hadn't yet done so. It was as a result of this telephone call that Leonor ended up talking with GNR officers near the church in Figueira. She told the officers that she hadn't telephoned them because she had no credit on her mobile phone.
Later at around 2.00am, Leonor was seen to buy cakes in a pastry shop in the village.
The next morning Leonor went to the GNR Station, in Portimão, accompanied by her partner, where they filed a missing person report.
Joana never returned and, like the McCanns, her mother Leonor mounted a campaign to find her. Like them, she and her brother João became suspects.
Leonor Cipriano (left) and Kate McCann with posters of their missing children.