One of the distinctive features in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is the difference in capability of visitors, such as Kate and Gerry McCann, to conceal or dispose of a corpse, and that of locals, be they Portuguese or ex-pats.
This story today in Correio da Manhã caught my eye. It is behind a pay-wall, so I only have the headlines.
A corpse has been found in a wall of a house in Rio Tinto. This is near or in Porto – see the map.
There is very little information outside of the pay-wall, but the house appears to be terraced.
I don’t know if the relevant wall is external or internal. I don’t know if the corpse is that of a child or an adult. The only other information is that parts or all of the body were wrapped in a newspaper dating to 1970. Unless someone had kept an old newspaper, it is likely that this death dates back to around 1970. That would give a cold case just short of 50 years.
One the most important dates in Portugal’s history is 1974, when the Salazar regime was overthrown.
Quite how one gets a body into a wall in a house in Portugal is baffling me. My experience of workmen is that they are seldom working alone or unsupervised, so this method of body concealment is quite puzzling.