Madeleine: Police hunt for girl, 5, who went missing 120 miles from McCanns' resortLast updated at 18:20pm on 15th January 2008
Comments (55) Police in Spain were today continuing to hunt for a five-year-old girl who went missing 120 miles from the Algarve resort where Madeleine McCann disappeared.
The family of Mari Luz Cortes fear she has been abducted.
Her father Juan Jose Cortes broke down and said: "Whoever has her, bring her back and everything will be okay."
More than 100 officers and 500 locals have been searching the area in Huelva, a province which borders with Portugal.
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Portuguese police also have search teams out on their side of the border.
Mari Luz has not been seen since Sunday afternoon when she went out to buy a packet of crisps from a local shop.
She was last seen by the shopkeeper wandering home at 5pm.
Her family raised the alarm at 7.30pm after scouring the area themselves.
Police with sniffer dogs have been searching nearby parkland and wells in the area.
They continued working all through Monday night.
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A second girl has now gone missing, not far from where Madeleine (above) disappeared
Mr Cortes, a former professional football coach who now runs a small construction company, said:
"We have no quarrels with anyone. We suspect nobody and everybody because the family doesn't know how to deal with this situation.
"If anyone has taken Mari Luz by mistake or if they thought she was lost, please bring her back.
"She's never left home because she's very shy, and she never gets lost." The five-year-old was wearing a jumper and pink leggings and white boots when she went missing.
Mari Luz's brother plays for local top division football side Recreativo de Huelva.
Huelva is a two hour drive from Praia da Luz, the Portuguese resort where Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3 last year.
Gerry and Kate McCann visited the city on August 3 as part of their campaign to find their daughter.
Portuguese police believe the Madeleine died in the family's rented holiday flat in Praia da Luz on May 3 and that her parents moved the body weeks later.
They were said to be suspicious of two "missing hours" when the McCanns were not seen during their trip to Huelva.
The McCanns insist they can fully account for their time in Spain. And Spanish police denied Portuguese reports that they were investigating the McCanns' trip.
Gerry and Kate McCann, both 39-year-old doctors from Rothley, Leicestershire, believe their daughter was abducted. They insist they had nothing to do with her disappearance.
Private detectives hired by the couple are investigating paedophile gangs based in Spain, it emerged this week.
They are concentrating their investigation in Valencia and Alicante on the south east coast.