Monday, August 4, 2008
“Can we see mommy soon?”
They were returning to Spain and they stopped at Marrakesh, for the night of May 8 to 9.
Early in the morning, they drove their car to Tarifa, to catch a ferryboat back home. They stopped at a gas station to buy some water and that was the place where Mrs Mari Olli says she saw Madeleine. This is the report that she sent, by email, to British Police, after she tried, without success, to give the information to Spanish Police.
“At the petrol station next to Hotel Ibis Palmeraie in Marrakesh (Address, Avenue Abdelkrim Khattabi) Wednesday 9th of May, about 10 am, I saw the girl inside the shop. She was wearing clear blue pyjamas. Some pattern on the top, trousers little darker. Don’t think the trousers had any pattern. She was very small. Under 1 meter. She was with a man.”
“She was standing alone, the man about a meter from her. I looked back at her, she was very sweet. And it was a strange situation because the man didn’t look like her father. And it’s very strange to see a blond small girl standing alone in Marrakesh. She was very small and normally you would hold her in your arms or at least her hand. And he was turning away from her.”
“She looked sad. I looked at her face, she looked at me. Then she turned to the man and said something that sounds like: “Can we see mommy soon?” I am not sure if he reply. I turned around to pay my things, two bottle of water and some hygiene serviettes. I went in our car, looked for if they had a car, but could not see any special. I wanted to tell my husband, but he was busy with the driving to catch the ferry from Tanger to Tarifa. I didn’t know about the missing child at that time. Because I had not watched the news, when I was on holiday.”
“I saw the news on Thursday the 10 of may, in the evening. Then I remember what I saw in Marrakesh. I started to phone the police, Spanish and English. The Spanish police didn’t want to talk to me. I talked to the English (Police). Friday morning I gave my report to Katy Peters from Scotland Yard. She said someone was going to phone me. But I have not heard anything. I have emailed them and phone them several times. But no response. I am very worried and very sure this was that girl. Her face is very special. And that situation was very strange!”
“My mind is on this situation all the time, and I need to know if someone is looking into my report. I am sure the two Moroccan men inside the petrol station can confirm my seeing as well.”
“If I can do anything more to help, PLEASE let me know!
Norwegian mum-of-two Marie, 45, lives on the Costa del Sol with her British husband and visited Marrakech last week.
She saw the girl there at about 10.20am on Wednesday May 9, at a petrol station next to the Ibis Palmeraie Hotel.
At the time, she had not heard about Madeleine's disappearance.
A man stood nearby and the girl turned to him and asked in English: "Can I see mummy soon?"
Marie said: "She looked sad. When the man saw me looking at them he turned away, so I couldn't see his face."
When she got back to Spain, she heard about Madeleine's disappearance and said she was "physically sick with shock".
On Friday May 11, she contacted Scotland Yard, Portuguese cops, Leicestershire Police and Crimestoppers.
She was told someone would get back to her but yesterday - exactly a week later - she still had had no reply.
Marie, who used to stay in Leicestershire, where the McCanns live, said: "I am very sure it was Madeleine. I think it's very strange that the police haven't contacted me again. I phoned the Spanish police about 20 times.
"We then phoned Leicestershire Police, who took my report and said it was a 'very strong observation'. But since then nobody has phoned me back."
She said the girl was wearing pale blue pyjamas with a pink and white pattern. The man was in his late 30s, had dark brown hair and wore jeans and a T-shirt. He was English-looking.
Asked about the tip, a Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: "We are receiving a large volume of calls about Madeleine from the UK and abroad.
"We are not prepared to comment on individual lines of enquiry because we do not want to prejudice the Portuguese police operation."
This is 5th key sighting.
Yes, it is possible to have time from Nelas to Marrakesh in 16 hours, if Nelas sighting was true.
Mari Olli's sighting is most heartbreaking and I believe it is true. I believe she really saw Madeleine. I feel so big pain for that small lost girl. How may they have wrenched a small girl from her family. It is impossible to believe, there is such an extreme evil in this world.