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Baby Grace, Riley Sawyers, Madeline McCann: Complete DBKP Story and Video Listing

Baby Grace stories by Death By 1000 Papercuts
[updated: December 11, 2007]

The story of “Baby Grace”, whose body was discovered on a sandbar in a cooler, near Galveston TX on October 29, 2007. The body turned out to be that of 2-year-old Riley Sawyers.

Madeline McCann’s story is that of a 4-year-old girl, abducted from her parents’ resort room while the family was on vacation in Portugal.

Some speculated for awhile that Baby Grace may have been the missing Madeline. Her whereabouts is still unknown.

Baby Grace, Riley Sawyers, Madeline McCann:

He Says, She Says Battle Begins

Grand Jury Bring Capital Charges

Capital Murder Charges and Probable Cause

Riley Sawyers’ Pregnant Mother: Riley Needed Some “Manners”

Case Has Had False Leads and Alarms

Additional Charges, Additional Questions

Mother’s Grim Tale of Abuse and Death

Madeline McCann:”Killed by a Pedophile”

Mother Beat, Tortured Toddler

22 Other Little Girls to be Investigated

Baby Grace, Riley Sawyers: Our Deepest Sympathy

Baby Grace, Riley Sawyers: Couple Arrested

Riley Sawyers: Where is She? What’s Happened to Her?

Baby Grace and the Little Lost Girl, Riley Sawyers

Grandmother Believes Baby Grace is Granddaughter

Baby Grace and Riley Sawyers Possible Match

Baby Grace: FBI Reward Comparison

Police Follow Tip to Dead End; Missing Girl

FBI Now to Announce $20,000 Reward

FBI Offers $20,000 Reward But No Press Release; The Madeline McCann Connection

VIDEO Who Is Baby Grace: A Video Timeline

Baby Grace: A Timeline – “She Could Be From Any Place in the World”

VIDEO Hundreds of Tips Flood Police

Baby Grace, Madeline McCann and the Little Lost Girls

Three Possible Matches Found

Baby Grace Not Only Missing Little Girl

Is Baby Grace Madeline McCann?

The Heartbreaking Story of Baby Grace


Case Has Had False Leads and Alarms

Madeline McCann:”Killed by a Pedophile”

by Little Baby Ginn & Mondoreb

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Madeline McCann: Case Has Had False Leads and Alarms

Was the news in the Madeline McCann case a hoax, cruel trick or the work of an attention-starved news junkie?

Back in June, a letter was sent to a Dutch newspaper; supposedly it contained news of Madeline’s death and the whereabouts of her body.

The letter set off a police investigation of the site mentioned in the letter. Police discovered no body at the location.

It started with the following revelation.

IS Madeleine McCann dead? A letter to a Dutch newspaper. And a map showing where her body can be found. It’s credible:

Police in Portugal are investigating an anonymous letter and a map claiming to show where missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann’s body is buried.

The letter, sent to Dutch paper De Telegraaf, identifies an area 15km (9.3 miles) from where Madeleine vanished.

Authorities naturally had to treat the letter as containing genuine information and dispatched police to the site to follow up.

Portuguese police say they have not found anything in a search of scrubland nine miles from where four-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing.

The search was carried out after a Dutch newspaper published details of an anonymous letter it received alleging Madeleine’s body was under rocks.

Officers said the line of inquiry had now been “discarded”.

Why was the letter considered a lead? The British press had plenty of theories on both the letter, its contents and its author.

It strongly resembles another letter sent to the same newspaper last year, accurately pinpointing where two missing Belgian girls were buried.

Ch Insp Olegario de Sousa said officers were “checking the information”.

Next to a cross and two question marks, the sender writes “vermoedelijke vindplaats Madeleine” – this is the place where Madeleine can probably be found.

A murder investigation. And still only one suspect.

One day on and “BURIED UNDER ROCKS,” says the Mirror’s front –page headline.

The paper notes how the handwriting on the letter is the same as that on the paper giving the whereabouts of Stacey Lemmens and her sister Nathalie Mahy who went missing in Belgium last year.

As the Sun reports, the note says Madeleine is buried “north of the road under branches and rocks, around six to seven metres off the road” in an spot near Odiaxere, close to the Algarve resort from where the girl went missing 42 days ago.

The Mail says the author of this letter and, most likely, the one concerning the Belgian sisters, is unknown to police.

A certain Abdullah Ait-Oud, a convicted paedophile, has been charged with their murders. He denies any involvement. Although police believe he acted with an accomplice who has not been traced.

“MADELEINE IS BURIED HERE,” says the Express on its front page. Portuguese police are searching the area…

That letter proved to be a false alarm in the baffling, and still yet-unfolding, story of the disappearance of the little English girl.

The list of hoaxers and false alarms plagued the case. The letter was neither the first, nor the last.

While the McCanns seemed to be getting their message across, the story also attracted hoaxers and fraudsters. One call was received from a man on an unregistered pay-as-you-go phone in Argentina claiming to know the whereabouts of their daughter, but led to nothing, while an anonymous letter and map sent to an Amsterdam-based newspaper claimed Madeleine was buried in scrubland close to the holiday resort. Some 50 officers and police sniffer dogs were sent to search the area but found nothing.

An Italian man and a Portuguese woman were subsequently held on suspicion of trying to extort money from the McCanns, saying they had information on the whereabouts of their daughter. A man in Eindhoven, Holland, was also arrested for attempting to defraud the McCanns by demanding £1.35m in exchange for information on their daughter.

The first signs of a backlash against the McCanns appeared in mid-June. Chief Inspector Sousa said that the fact that so many people had crowded into the room from which Madeleine was taken was making it difficult for the forensic teams to make sense of DNA samples.

At the same time, thousands of yellow ribbons tied to trees and railings in the McCanns’ home village were taken down amid concerns they were attracting “grief tourists”. Villagers said that Rothley’s main square had become a morbid visitor attraction after it was made the focal point for tributes.

Hopes of finding Maddie were once again raised at the beginning of August when a customer at a restaurant in the Flemish town of Tongeren, not far from the Dutch border, said she was “100% sure” she had seen the youngster. The glass from which the child was drinking was removed for DNA testing. It proved to be a false lead.

The case has had its share of false leads and alarms. One lead that seems to be dead now is the theory that the McCanns were responsible for the girl’s abduction.

Still another theory, entertained for awhile, that the body of the little girl, discovered in a cooler on a sandbar, near Galveston, TX and named “Baby Grace” might be that of Madeline’s. That theory was shelved after the mother last week confessed to beating and torturing 2-year-old Riley Sawyers.

Riley Sawyers was “Baby Grace”, not Madeline McCann.

To be the parents of Madeline, kidnapped from her room while on vacation months ago, every bit of news–true or false–causes pulmonary reactions.

Holding their breath, a sigh of relief, an angry hiss, the sharp intake of breath: all were likely to have been the McCann’s reactions to various bits of news over this long stretch of waiting and wondering.

The news of the Dutch letter and the subsequent investigation was a false alarm. Both the police and the parents sort through bits of news.

Both have their own questions. Most of the questions are the same.

Who removed her from their room? Where is Madeline now? Where will all lead?

Police and parents alike are still working on the answers.

At this point, all that can be offered to Madeline’s long-suffering parents is speculation.

by Mondoreb

Police Probing Madeline Letter
Finding Madeleine McCann’s Body – “Vermoedelijke Vindplaats”
Madeleine McCann: No Breaking News; No Body Found
Madeline: The story six months on
Baby Grace, Riley Sawyers: Mother’s Grim Tale of Torture and Abuse


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Madeline McCann: "Killed by a Pedophile"

Madeline: photo taken the day she was abducted

On the same day that gruesome details of how Riley Sawyers (“Riley Sawyers Mother Tortured Her: Little Riley Never Had a Chance“) died were released, news of what investigators now believe happened to Madeline McCann come to light.

It is not good news for those who had hoped she is still alive.

Police investigators in Portugal, where the 4-year-old was abducted, now believe that a pedophile killed her during a break-in at the resort room where she and her parents had been vacationing.

They were put out by the Telegraph in “Madeleine ‘killed in moment of thwarted desire’“:

Madeleine McCann was killed by a paedophile in a moment of “thwarted desire” before being taken from her Algarve holiday apartment, police investigating her disappearance believe, it has been claimed.

Her parents have all but been ruled out as suspects now. Originally, police had offered her mother a two-year sentence if she would confess.

Detectives now believe she was taken by an intruder who panicked and suffocated her to stop her from screaming, it was alleged.

They are close to abandoning the theory that Kate and Gerry McCann were responsible for their daughter’s disappearance and will instead focus on the man seen walking away from the apartment carrying a child in his arms.

The U-turn has been suggested after a review of the case by senior detective Paulo Rebelo, 45, who took over the investigation in October.

Respected Portuguese daily Publico on Monday published a chilling recreation of what it claimed police now believe may have been Madeleine’s final few seconds of life.

“It was a moment. An unexpected event thwarted the prospect of desire. Madeleine cries as she wakes from her sleep. Her fear makes itself heard,” the newspaper said. “She has to be silenced. Violence, suffocation probably. And unexpected death.

“All over in minutes. Now he had to get her out of there. Close the door. Flee as fast as he could.

“The theory this is the explanation behind Madeleine’s McCann’s disappearance, the night of May 3, was practically ruled out previously by police investigators.

“Now though, it’s gaining strength in the centre of the investigation.”

Private detectives hired by the McCann family are investigating a possible link between Madeline and a local girl that was abducted in 2004.

Joana Cipriano, 8, disappeared from her home in the Algarve village of Figueria, 10 miles from Praia da Luz in September 2004. She has never been found.

Her mother Leonor, 36, and uncle, Joao, 35, were convicted of murder after Ms Cipriano confessed to the crime during police questioning.

She later retracted her confession, claiming it was forced during a beating by detectives, but was found guilty and sentenced to 16 years in jail. Her lawyers claim she is innocent and are appealing.

On Monday it emerged that Metodo 3 are looking into Joana’s case to see if there is anything to link it with Madeleine’s disappearance.

“There may be a connection,” one of the Spanish detectives told Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias.

“We are following all leads,” he said.

Sad news on both the Baby Grace/Riley Sawyers and Madeline McCann cases on the same day.

For Riley Sawyers’ family, the hope that she was still alive has been extinguished. The details of how she died are not pretty.

For the family of Madeline McCann, there still burns a small spark of hope that she might still be alive.

Today’s news did nothing but dampen that spark.

by Mondoreb
notes by Little Baby Ginn
[image: The Telegraph]


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Baby Grace: Riley Sawyers is Missing; Where is She, What’s Happened to Her?

A toddler disappears under mysterious circumstances and interest seems non-existent.

Why hasn’t the disappearance of Riley Sawyers sparked any interest among the authorities?

We’ve wondered since learning of Riley Sawyers nearly a week ago: Why doesn’t the strange circumstances surrounding her disappearance excite any interest? At first, we supposed that we weren’t aware of the facts. But after doing some digging, we’re not so sure of that theory anymore.

Just exactly has to happen to get authorities interested in this case once they learned that a toddler had disappeared scant miles away from where Baby Grace’s body was found?

Maybe there is a secret investigation going on about which we could find no information.

Where is Riley Sawyers?

Two 1/2-year-old Riley Sawyers of Spring, Texas is missing. Gone. There is no Amber Alert for little Riley. No listing in the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children, nothing in the FBI Missing Person’s Database on Riley Sawyers.

No one knows where Riley is, only Riley’s mother and stepfather know how long she has been gone.

Riley may or may not be Baby Grace. Either way, she’s missing.

Authorities in Galveston County Texas are methodically putting together the pieces of the puzzle to solve the mystery of who is Baby Grace. Her little body was found October 29th, wrapped in plastic and encased in a plastic tote resting on a sandbar just outside Galveston, Texas.

No one in the local area had reported a little girl missing that matched Baby Grace’s description. No abduction by stranger cases that the authorities could look into except for that of Madeleine McCann, a little girl abducted by a stranger or strangers almost 5000 miles from where Baby Grace was found.

“We do not believe she is from our area, because no one local has reported a missing child matching this description,” Cindy said. “She could be from anywhere in the world. There are ships that pass through here, so she could be from anywhere.” [1]

Madeleine was abducted from her family’s resort apartment in Algarve, Portugal. Her parents had left the three year old with her two younger siblings alone while the parents dined with friends within walking distance of the children. The Galveston County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI ruled out Madeleine as a possible match. There was no definitive reason given.

The authorities investigating Baby Grace’s case turned to cases of missing girls, ones that matched Baby Grace’s physical characteristics. Little girls taken by a non-custodial parent.

A composite sketch of Baby Grace was released with a plea from the authorities if anyone had information that would lead to the identification of Baby Grace to please contact them.

A new mystery emerged in the case of Baby Grace, that of Riley Sawyers. It seems Riley was the little girl that no one reported missing until a woman over 13oo miles away from Galveston in Mentor, Ohio, happened to hear the story and see the composite sketch of Baby Grace.

Sheryl Sawyers had known Riley since the day the little girl was born. Riley’s mother Kim had lived with Riley’s father, Robert, and Robert’s mother, Sheryl Sawyers for two years until Robert and Kim broke up.

Kim fell in love with a man from Texas that she met online.

Last summer, 2 1/2 year old Riley Sawyers went missing in Texas. Sheryl Sawyers had been helping her son and his girlfriend, Kimberly, raise the child. Last summer, Kimberly suddenly moved the child to Spring, Texas.

Kimberly had apparently met a new lover on the internet as she played the game, “World of Warcraft”. Royce Zigler convinced Kim to move to Texas with her child. [2]

Sawyers lost all contact with Riley.

Sawyers said she wasn’t able to contact the family for months and sent certified letters asking for custody hearings. In July, rumors circulated around the family’s hometown of Mentor, Ohio, that Sawyers had the girl.

That’s when Sawyers said she called Trenor’s new husband, asking where Riley was.

“I told him that all I want to know is where my granddaughter is,” she said. “He told me ‘We have the same questions.’” [3]

Where is Riley?

Sheryl’s search for answers as to the health and welfare of Riley turned to dread when she read about the discovery of “Baby Grace.”

When news of Galveston officers’ gruesome finding in October reached Ohio, Sawyers said she tried to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to see whether a missing-person report had been filed in Spring. She claims dispatchers kept asking for a case number and then told her someone in Texas would have to file a report.

Once the sketch of Baby Grace broadcast, Sawyers called Galveston County.[4]

Riley’s mother is contacted by the authorities about Riley’s whereabouts.

Kimberly, 19, said she gave the child over to someone who claimed to be from family services from Ohio who showed her custody papers. Ohio Family Services said no one sent any papers or traveled to Texas.[4]

So far no word has come from the Harris County Sheriff’s Department as to the whereabouts of Riley. No mention of whether Riley’s mother has had to give a statement or take a lie detector test. The state of Ohio has said that no one has gone to Texas to take “custody” of Riley. If Riley’s mother is telling the truth, then she handed her little daughter over to someone pretending to be a state official, this would mean Riley has been abducted by a stranger. Yet no missing person’s report has been filed, no Amber Alert, no notification to the centers that handle missing children. Galveston County authorities have gotten DNA samples from Riley’s mother and father in an attempt to match Riley to Baby Grace.

What if Riley is Baby Grace?

There has no mention from the Galveston authorities and the FBI of Baby Grace’s cause of death being homicide. Her autopsy revealed three skull fractures. If Riley is Baby Grace then the investigation will turn to Riley’s mother and stepfather. Spring Texas is located 74 miles northeast of Galveston.

What if Riley isn’t Baby Grace?

No one knows where Riley is. Riley’s mother claims a stranger from the state of Ohio showed up with a piece of paper and made off with her. We haven’t been able to find out what date this was supposed to of occurred. Riley could have been “missing” for months.

We couldn’t find a missing person’s report on Riley. We couldn’t find her listed in the FBI missing person’s file. An Amber Alert has not been issued.

We contacted the Harris County Sheriff’s Department to find out if there were any ongoing investigations regarding Riley. We were given the phone numbers for Homicide and Child Abuse. When we asked for Missing Persons we were told that probably wouldn’t apply but after a few moments of hesitation we were given the number.

Riley Sawyers is not where she’s supposed to be and no kidnapping investigation that we could find has been undertaken by authorities.

Where is Riley Sawyers?

Why does this little girl’s disappearance seem to excite no interest?

Our hearts go out to the Sawyers family. They wait to find out whether the DNA samples are a match or the realization that Riley is out there, somewhere. Just not where she is supposed to be.

With her mother.

By Little Baby Ginn
Image [1] wkyc News
Image [2] ABC News
Source – [1] – Baby Grace Timeline: “She Could Be From Anywhere In The World”
Source – [2] – Baby Grace And The Little Lost Girl, Riley Sawyers
Source – [3] – Galveston Daily News – Missing Spring girl could be Baby Grace match
Source – [4] – Fox 23 News – Baby Grace Identified?
[notes: Mondoreb]

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Who Is Baby Grace – A Video Timeline

The video timeline of the case of “Baby Grace”. Police found her body washed ashore near Galveston, TX a little over two weeks ago.

Police have named her “Baby Grace”.

Baby Grace: A Timeline
Contains story from the beginning and listing of Baby Grace coverage.


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Baby Grace Timeline: “She Could Be From Anywhere In The World”

An Unofficial Timeline Of The Case Of Baby Grace

—October 29th, 2007

Green’s Cut, Galveston Bay, Texas

Image [Google Earth]

A man fishing in a remote area of Galveston’s West Bay known as Green’s Cut finds a plastic storage container on a marshy sand bar. Green’s Cut is located about five miles southwest of the Galveston Causeway. Investigators in the sheriff’s office look into the Bay’s tides to determine whether the container drifted from another location.

Inside the blue plastic Sterlite-brand model 1842 container, a little girl wrapped in plastic bags.

In an interview with Crime Library Texas Equusearch Case Manager Cindy Wisdom said that there was no water in the container, “only sand and grass.”

“We do not believe she is from our area, because no one local has reported a missing child matching this description,” Cindy said. “She could be from anywhere in the world. There are ships that pass through here, so she could be from anywhere.”

Source: CrimeLibrary: Texas EquuSearch Trying To Identify ‘Baby Grace’

Galveston County officials put out an alert to participants in a fishing tournament held the prior weekend in an effort to find out whether any participants had seen anything unusual. Purportedly the tournament was a benefit to aid children.

—October 30th

Dubbed Baby Grace by Galveston investigators, more information was released to the media plus a plea to help solve the mystery of who the still yet unidentified little girl.

A preliminary autopsy report indicated one or more skull fractures, but further examination was needed to determine the time and cause of death.

“Baby Grace” was white and weighed between 25 and 30 pounds and stood about 32 to 35 inches tall. She had light brown or blonde hair that reached to the middle of her back.

Galveston County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Pustilnik said the little girl had been dead for at least two weeks, possibly more.

Source: Houston Chronicle – Investigators Seek Identity Of Girl Found In Storage Box

—November 1st – Police release a composite sketch of Baby Grace

Police release a photo of a pair of tennis shoes identical to the ones Baby Grace wore.Called the “Tiara” model, they are a children’s size 8 ½, white with purple trim and lights in the heels.

Source: ABC News – Baby Grace Sketch Released

—November 3rd

A forensic dentist determined that Baby Grace is between 2 and 3 years old. The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the child had been dead for at least two weeks and suffered from a skull fracture.

Hundreds of tipsters from around the country contacted Galveston authorities with possible leads to help identify Baby Grace after sketches were released.

“We’re sorting through a lot of leads,” said Major Ray Tuttoilmondo with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office. “Nothing has hit a home run yet.”

Tuttoilmondo added that several callers said they believe the child’s body, which was discovered by a fisherman late Monday, may be that of Madeleine McCann, a 4-year-old British girl whose disappearance from a resort hotel in Portugal in May has made international headlines. In September, Portuguese police formally identified Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann as suspects in the case.

“Based on the totality of the circumstances, we do not believe it’s her (Madeleine),” Tuttoilmondo said adding that the Sheriff’s Office is also working with FBI authorities to completely rule out the possibility.

Source: Houston Chronicle – Baby Grace Investigators Get Hundreds Of Tips

—November 8th – Investigators look into three possible matches

Could these girls be Baby Grace?

By Sara McDonald
The Daily News

Published November 8, 2007
GALVESTON — Three little blonde girls with light-colored eyes from across the country have captured investigators’ attention.

They’ve all been reported missing in the past four months, seemingly abducted by noncustodial parents.

But most interesting to the investigators at the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is that their height, age and weight are similar to the characteristics of the girl they’ve named Baby Grace, whose body washed ashore last week.

Source: Galveston County Daily News – Could These Girls Be Baby Grace?

—November 12 – CBS News Reports Hundreds of tips flood police, number of possible matches now up to “two dozen”

Investigators on Monday said at least two dozen girls reported missing from across the country match the physical description of the child investigators have named “Baby Grace.”

Investigators were pursuing 170 active leads and on Monday were conducting follow-up interviews with people who had given promising clues, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo said, according to the Galveston County Daily News.

Source: CBS News – Police “Flooded” With Baby Grace Tips

—November 13: Identity of “Baby Grace” Still a Mystery

In the two weeks since Baby Grace has been found, police have sifted through a mountain of phone calls, tips and information. They’ve been working diligently, trying to answer the question: Who is Baby Grace?

The case has sparked the interest of millions both around the Internet and around the world. Vigils have been held and money collected for rewards by volunteers.

Why is that? Why the interest in a unidentified body found in a remote Texas fishing area?

It may also have to do with the initial speculation that the body may have been that of Madeline McCann. Interest in the McCann case has been heavy in Europe, and particularly, the U.K.

Perhaps it’s because some of those interested have a daughter or know a little girl down the street, or at church or in their neighborhood between the ages of 2-4. Next time they see that little girl, they may say a prayer that she’s alive, standing in front of them; that she wasn’t washed ashore in a cooler wrapped in plastic.

She could be any little girl, from anywhere in the world.

Whatever the reason, the identity of “Baby Grace” remains unknown. After two weeks of work, prayers and efforts, the only picture of her is a composite. That picture is how millions know her.

Until the mystery of her identity is solved, that picture will continue to haunt many who follow the case of “Baby Grace”.

By Little Baby Ginn
[notes: Mondoreb]

Baby Grace, Madeline McCann and the Lost Little Girls
Hundreds of Tips Flood Police
Baby Grace: Three Possible Matches Found
Baby Grace Not the Only Missing Little Girl
Is Baby Grace Madeline McCann? New Questions in the Investigation
The Heartbreaking Story of Baby Grace

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Baby Grace: Hundreds of Tips Flood Police

CBS News has reported that “police have been flooded with tips about Baby Grace”.
Police have said that they have narrowed the search down to three girls, but they now have expanded it to about two dozen missing little girls. They also said they have been “flooded with tips” from all over the United States about possible leads. More from CBS News:

Investigators on Monday said at least two dozen girls reported missing from across the country match the physical description of the child investigators have named “Baby Grace.”

Investigators were pursuing 170 active leads and on Monday were conducting follow-up interviews with people who had given promising clues, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo said, according to the Galveston County Daily News.

Hundreds of tips from around the country have poured in since authorities released sketches of the unidentified child on Friday. A fisherman found the toddler’s body a week ago along the Intercoastal Waterway.

Police first suspected the body of the girl may have been that of Madeline McCann, an English girl kidnapped during her parents’ vacation in Portugal. They then ruled her out, only to leave the door open later.

The search for the identity of the little girl police have named “Baby Grace” continues. At the end of the case, one family may at last know the fate of their daughter.

by Mondoreb
& Little Baby Ginn


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