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.Sad news on both the Baby Grace/Riley Sawyers and Madeline McCann cases on the same day.
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.
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.
notes by Little Baby Ginn
[image: The Telegraph]
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