Spanish border had not been alerted by the look of this
What evidence of a stranger abduction would you expect them to be able to present?
It doesn't seem to have been the first idea that came to Leonor's mind. The GNR (in what appears to have been a search and rescue operation) hadn't found her, so that would have more or less crossed off an accident in the vicinity. How thorough would that operation have been? Would they have even noticed anything potentially relevant in forensic terms, such as a shred of clothing, or a child's sandal (if Leonor had got her footwear wrong) for example?
The family checked with relatives and friends in case she could have gone off with them for some reason, including her estranged husband.
There doesn't seem to have any systematic house-to-house enquiries, which might have revealed unfamiliar cars, faces, or anything else (although the Portimão cops may have started prior to the takeover by Faro), and there was no CCTV for police to check. A couple of witnesses said that they saw Leonor and João with a "bag", no doubt made to sound suspicious in the press, but it was just a shopping / carrier bag.
10 oct 2004
Already in the afternoon yesterday, the stepfather of the child had been led to PJ of Faro in order to be interrogated again - the fourth lowest since disappeared on 12 September. "They came back to ask me the same questions and I gave the same answers. Wanted to know where was that day and went on to explain that was not in my house, but in my mother, with her, my stepfather and friend, "said the CM António Leandro.
That afternoon, they should have gone back to being heard in PJ's friend stepfather, what will happen in the coming days.
Already after learning that the brother had been in Figueira, hours before, accompanied by the PJ, António Leandro reaffirmed its confidence in Leonor Cipriano, his wife and mother Joan. "She never beat the child, even when she gave bad answers. How could have killed her?"
A doubt that since the disappearance of the girl, the whole family grieves Leandro. The Junk where almost all work, there was talk yesterday successive anonymous phone calls they receive daily for almost a month. "Sometimes callers are silent and almost fifteen minutes. They do not speak, do not hear anything. Sometimes, to insult us and arrived already get children to talk to us," lamented David Lourdes, mother of Antonio Leandro.
"I think Joan is alive. There is no body, no news confirming she's dead," said David Lourdes. "That's why none of us will Figueira in the procession."
NO SIGN OF CHILD IS ALMOST A MONTH
Tuesday, October 12, was a full month since Joanna was last seen, near the church of Figueira, Cockle party night in the village near Portimao. In this Sunday, September 12, his mother sent him to buy milk and preserved in pastry 'Celia'.
Joan was four days ago at Grandma (mom's stepfather) in Lagos, where it should only return on Monday. However, this Sunday at 18h00, Leonor took her back to Figueira. "She was here and was fine. Asked her if she wanted to go. Joana shrugged, did not answer me and I never saw her," recalled David Lourdes.
"At midnight I got a call from the Leandro asking if Joan was with me, because Eleanor had sent her shopping and she had not yet appeared. Next morning, when I got there, I saw Eleanor crying with John beside. soon realized that he had not appeared. Till today, "laments grandmother.
VANISHING FRONTIER NOT PASS The disappearance of Joanna, which dominates the national present almost a month ago, went completely unnoticed in Spain, even in the province of Andalusia, which borders the Algarve. Spanish police say they know nothing and local newspapers just woken up to what happened yesterday.
"We have not received any request from the Portuguese authorities about the disappearance," confirmed the CM Rodrigues Pedro Perez, commander of the local police to Ayamonte. In Guardia Civil and the sub-delegation of the government's position is the same. "We do not know anything," he said official sources.
In Media, the surprise is total. Ayamonte, the radio does not know anything. And in Huelva, Andalusia's second city, the two main newspapers had not written a line about it. Something that could change in the coming days.