Paulette Gebara Farah
Nobody saw nor heard anything. The surveillance cameras of the luxurious
apartment building did not register anything out of the ordinary either,
in the case of a little four-year-old girl that mysteriously disappeared
from her home in Mexico.
The case of
Paulette Gebara Farah,
a little girl that suffers from
speech and motor impairment, immediately referred the local media to
that of British girl
in a resort in Portugal, in 2007.
Both girls, aged four, disappeared in a strange way; no locks were
forced, and no doors were broken; nothing to indicate an act of
violence, or anything to indicate the presence of an intruder or an
The little Mexican girl disappeared in the early morning of Monday, the
22nd of March, from her home in a condominium in Huixquilucan county, an
exclusive residential area on the border of the State of Mexico with the
Paulette’s parents swiftly addressed the media and used the internet to
ask the public for help in finding their little daughter, as part of a
broad campaign, after having filed a complaint with the authorities.
Nevertheless, a week later, the case suffered a turnaround as a judge
authorised the General Attorney’s Office of the State of Mexico (PGJEM)
to preventively arrest Mauricio Gebara and his wife, Liseth Farah, as
well as two nannies.
This was due to the fact that the child’s parents and the nannies were
the last persons that had contact with the child, and because they
offered different and contradictory versions in their statements.
Each one of these people “has falsified their statement”, Mexican
prosecutor Alberto Bazbaz told the press on the day before.
“At this moment, we can say that derived from the extensive
investigations, we are able to determine that at least the four adults
that were inside the house, offered different and contradictory versions
on different occasions, and therefore there are inconsistencies that
drive us to make a deeper analysis of the facts”, he said.
According to versions by the little girl’s parents, on the night of
Sunday, the 21st of March, Mauricio Gebara handed Paulette and her
seven-year-old sister over to his wife Lisette Farah, at the entrance to
the Porto Vita 2 condominium in Interlomas, west of the Mexican capital.
The father and the two girls were returning home, after a weekend trip
to Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico.
In her statement, Mrs Farah asserted that, once inside her apartment,
she led the two girls to their bedroom to put them to bed; nonetheless,
the next morning, one of the nannies, upon arriving at the house,
noticed that Paulette was not in her bed.
When faced with this situation, according to the versions, the nanny
alerted the little girl’s parents, who started a search over the entire
house and the building, where they found no trace of her.
According to the police, there are no images to confirm that the little
girl was in the building between the evening of Sunday the 21st and the
early morning of the 22nd; the building has surveillance cameras located
on all entrances, restricted access to the parking area and 24-hour
Hora Cero, 31.03.2010
Update: Paulette's body
has been found inside her family's home. The child's parents and two
nannies remain in preventive custody. Investigations are ongoing.
Further comparisons between the case of Paulette and that of Madeleine
can be read on
CNN Mexico. Curiously, the
article ends by stating that the McCann couple asked for the reopening
of the process of their daughter's disappearance - something that
apparently has yet to happen.