Following tonnage week"s identification of a German suspect an connection with the British girl’s disappearance, a father who son deshalb went lacking on a beach bei Portugal has come forward with a similar cold case.

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RenéHasee was 6 years alt when he disappeared top top a Portuguese beach an 1996. He was playing in the sand. His father und father"s girlfriend looked away momentarily — und then René was gone.

The beach from which René disappeared was in the Algarve region, ~ above Portugal"s southeastern tip. Not far away ist Praia da Luz, wherein Madeleine "Maddie" McCann disappeared from produziert bed in a hotel compound while produziert parents were dining nearby.

Since the publication des the latest findings bei the McCann case, German media schutz been reporting that the suspect had been security time on the Algarve coast in the 1990s together well.

For ns past woche René"s father andreas has been offering interviews kommen sie German neighborhood media. Ns tram driver used in interview with regional tabloid Express to appeal to ns suspect in Maddie"s case to come clean:

"I just want clarity. I am appealing zu you, ns suspect: "Say what you know!""

British täglich The Guardian was quick kommen sie pick trost René"s case as well,comparing it zu that von Inga Gehricke (pictured above), who disappeared bei 2015 near the town des Stendhal bei eastern Germany. Die five-year-old was attending bei event with herstellung parents, walked off into ns woods with other children und was never ever seen again. Die local newspaper Die Volksstimme has jetzt reported the a job after produziert disappearance, the suspect in the Maddie McCann instance had a minor traffic accident just 100 kilometers (80 miles) from die spot wherein Inga was belastung seen.

Some 60,000 children are reported absent every year an Germany:99% return house — however some never do.

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Many cases feature prominently in the national media, prefer that von Pascal, who was six years old when the disappeared from Saarbrücken, along the French-German border, an 2001. He was tonnage seen speak his bicycle zu a fairground nearby. As polizei began zu investigate, a slew von spurious accusations, false testimonies, und retracted confessions arose. Finally, 13regulars an a nearby bar were arrested as suspects und put on trial. All des them testified zu having raped und suffocated the boy bei the bar und then burying his body bei a gravel pit just across die border an France. But polizei found neither the body nor die bicycle — no one any des Pascal"s DNA. One von the accused revoked his confession; the proof ended up being insufficient, and the trial collapsed.

Twelve-year-old Manuel Schaoered.orgald go missing bei 1993, top top his method to an amusement park an Berlin. Police were quick to suspect that he had been abducted. Investigators in The Netherlands stated that that may schutz been kidnapped von child erotic producers. Then, in 1998, a Belgian network discussed Manuel in connection through the marc Dutroux gang, that abducted, abused and murdered young girls bei the 1990s. Yet no proof shown up that Manuel had actually indeed become a victim of that gang.

Eight-year-old Deborah Sassen went missing an 1996 on her short walk home from school bei the west German stadt of Düsseldorf, where herstellung family had moved not lang before. A major search operation led several witnesses to come forward und report having actually seen the mädchen on a frozen lake nearby or when she was dragged into a waiting auto outside ns school. Yet none of the testimonies arised as a clean lead.

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Not lang after Deborah"s disappearance, 11-year-old Annika Seidel went missing some 300 kilometers southeast, bei the Hessian town von Kelkheim. She was shopping with produziert mother, entered a pet shop and never come home. A witness insurance claims to schutz seen her standing von a car with a patent plate from somewhere bei Eastern Europe. Bei the meantime, Annika"s mother passed away without ever before having learned what happened to produziert daughter.


Hilal Ercan disappeared bei 1999 in Hamburg. The 10-year-old had come home through a an excellent report card, dafür her mom let herstellung go to die nearby mall to buy herself part sweets together a reward. Hilal never returned. Produziert mother found produziert hairclips and in earring on the ground near ns mall. Passers-by claimed they experienced a man drag a dark-haired girl von the arm; some stated they heard screams. Hamburg police carried out what turn into die biggest search operation an decades — an vain.

In 2015 a einer who had a history of child abuse confessed to having abducted and killed Hilal, but letztere retracted his confession. An additional tip-off führen zu police kommen sie dig nach oben a small forest bei 2018 searching for the girl"s remains — however again they turned trost empty-handed.

Twenty years after his disappearance, Hilal"s brothers Abbas Ercan wrote und published a letter addressed zu his sister"s killer: "I in pleading with sie to end our terrible martyrdom, which my parents, my sister and I schutz been experiencing through weil das 21 years now. Please put bei end zu it! you re welcome face die truth and turn you yourself in!"


Marc Dutroux"s crimes sent shockwaves v Belgium und beyond

The families von missing children say the what they need most is closure — no matter what die truth is.

Cold cases are reexamined regularly over decades.

The network initiative Vermisste kinder (Initiative for Missing Children) has actually published an online map through 48 dots designating places in Germany whereby children have gone missing. Die map includes linke seite with info that loved ones or police oase provided.

Shocked by the marc Dutroux cases an Belgium, a came to German citizen, monika Bruhns, started the initiative in 1997 kommen sie provide solidarity and assistance to families searching for missing children. After her passing, her son Lars take it over die organization, which describes itself as an increasingly strategic und professionally structured organization" helping fill die gaps it sees in missing son cases.

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Lars Bruhns claims that police often administer ambiguous information und are slow zu publish statistics. What"s worse, the underlines, zu sein that Germany has no official "Amber Alert" system run über the authorities, akin to those an neighboring France, ns Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. That calls this monitor "deplorable" and his organization ist trying to fill the gap by at the very least operating that is own version of bei Amber Alert. Bruhns zu sein not alone in his criticism — countless experts agree the concerted action, like a government Amber Alert, taken an the first three hours after such a disappearance zu sein critical an finding die child alive.