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5 Feb 2009

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Lawyer for Leonor Cipriano says the search is stalled

Text: Luis Maneta
05 February 2009

Marcos Aragão Correia says that there are no sniffer dogs in Portugal trained to detect cadaver odour. He therefore requests that one be brought, as in the Maddie case.

The lawyer and the friends of Leonor Cipriano are unable to find a dog trained to detect cadaver odour. The idea was to use the animal to conduct searches in the mountains of Figueira, where the body of Joana is supposed to be buried. But the "mission" is likely to sink underwater due to the lack of a specialist dog, like those who came from England to participate in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

"The best we were able to find are search and rescue dogs, used to rescue people alive and which, therefore, are not adequate to recover the body of Joana Cipriano," Leonor's lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia told 24horas.

In a meeting with the lawyer in Odemira prison, Leonor Cipriano recalled that her brother had confessed that he had buried the body near an abandoned house, "there, at the top, next to the mountains of Figueira". The ground has already been inspected by Marcos Aragão Correia and a friend of Joana. Without success. "It is not worth going back without the help of a dog trained for this purpose," said the lawyer.

"The courts were convinced that there was a crime, in which Joana was murdered. It is a great inhumanity that they will not provide a decent funeral for the girl," he says.

According to Marcos Aragão Correia, the searches already carried out have been limited to one of the five houses, in ruins, in the area. "We need to look at all of them. In the Maddie case a dog was brought from England to try to find evidence against the parents. Why not do it now to locate the body of Joana?" He asks.

MP archives confession

The Public Ministry have decided to archive the letter in which Leonor Cipriano accused her brother of having killed her daughter, 24horas found out through a source connected to the process.

In the letter, Leonor claimed to have been "convinced" by João Cipriano to surrender the girl to a "couple that could not have children," in return for a "financial reward". In this version, things would have gone awry. And João would have assaulted the girl, to death.

The confession was made on January 15 and delivered by Marcos Aragão Correia to the MP. "The decision to archive is no surprise," said the lawyer. Leonor and her brother are serving a sentence of 16 years in prison for the murder of Joana.
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