Other Disappearances Investigated for Possible Links

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It was released to the public on 4 August 2008 in accordance with Portuguese Law

--->>> 2007 Letter regarding Danilo Chemello and Aurora Pereira Vaz (French) 2007.07.27

With thanks to Chatelaine

08 Processos Vol VIII Pages 2007 to 2008

French Embassy in Spain
Madrid, July 23, 2007

Subject: Spontaneous transmission of information

Dear Colleague,

On June 28 in the South of Spain on the basis of an international arrest warrant an Italian, Danilo CHEMELLO, has been interrogated and the Spanish police has investigated his possible involvement in the disappearance of the little British girl Madeleine Mc Caan [not my typing error...] (Maddie) assuming that he and his companion, have tried to swindle the parents of the abducted minor while cheating them for a reward.

Danilo CHEMELLO is also wanted in France on the basis of arrest warrant of the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Nice having been sentenced in his absence on February 3 2006 for participation with a gang of criminals with the object of preparing a crime punished for a minimum of 5 years in prison. In this French affair, CHEMELLO, at the time in provisional detention in the frame of his prosecution for having abused his children, had hired a private detective to shadow the judge in charge of the case, in order to blackmail him.

During the conversations I have had with the office of the public prosecutor in Marseille, the colleagues have drawn my attention to other elements regarding Danilo CHEMELLO, which deserve, if you allow me to say so, to be communicated to the Portuguese public prosecutor’s office, which is handling the abduction of the minor Maddie.

I send you in annex a copy of a report on CHEMELO and his companion in which, apart from the bad treatment of his daughter Chiara for which he is reproached, the following elements appear regarding the couple CHEMELLO/PEREIRA:

- In 2000 and 2001 they’re supposed to have negotiated with American middlemen for the purchase of ova and the services of a surrogate mother
- They’re supposed to have had frozen embryos sent to a Greek doctor
- There are uncertainties regarding the parentage of the minors Allessandro and Chiara
- There are possibilities of disappeared children and faked pregnancies.

Under French law these elements can constitute criminal offences some of which may have been committed in the following countries: Russia, Byelorussia, Great Brittany, Greece, United States, Switzerland.

In the frame of these criminal activities which are related to the medical milieu, CHEMELLO and his companion may have been in contact with Gerry and Kate Mac Caan, parents of the minor Maddie, who are as for that matter both doctors [cardiologist and GP].

In the frame of the spontaneous transmission of information as foreseen in the convention of May 29 2000, the public prosecutor’s office in Marseille sends these elements to the competent authorities in Portugal and remains at their disposal for more complete information.

With kind regards,
El Magistrado de Enlace

58 - Urgent e-mail 3 September for a decision about the offer to examine the vehicle of Von Aesch then being held by the Swiss authorities.


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From: Maria Teresa Nunes Almeida
Sent: 3rd September 2007
To: DIC Portimao
Subject: Madeleine McCann
Importance: High


To the Coordinator of the Criminal Investigation

Following the message delivered on the 21 st August to Chief Inspector Tavares da Almeida in which the Swiss authorities request urgent information about the interest for the Madeleine McCann investigation, of the vehicle used by Hans Von Aesch (Swiss individual suspected of abducting the young girl who has disappeared in Switzerland) we are sending you the translation of a new message from IP BERNA.

In accordance with this we would be grateful for an urgent response to the offer of the availability of the vehicle mentioned above.

With compliments

Teresa Almeida

59 to 60 - Interpol message 3 September stating that there does not appear to be any link between Von Aesch and the McCann case, but the Swiss authorities offer to make available the vehicle (and the results of the Swiss search thereof) to the Portuguese, and other, police authorities. The offer was made in August, and London deferred to Lisbon, so a decision is now required urgently.
01 Cartas Rogatorias I Pages 59 to 60



Information to IP London ? IP Lyon SG

Our Reference IP/105/342394/CLA

Subject: Urs Hans Von Aesch born on 11/11/1940, Swiss citizen, suspected of attempted murder, child abduction etc, missing girl, YLENIA LENHARD born on 18-11-2001 in Switzerland.

With regard to our urgent request dated 17-8-2007 with regard to the offer made by the St Gallen police force of the availability of Urs Hans Von Aesch?s vehicle to the investigating authorities in Portugal working on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann as mentioned previously. There is no apparent connection between the case of Madeleine and the disappearance of Ylenia Lenhard in Switzerland but this hypothesis cannot be completely disregarded.

The vehicle belonging to the suspect Urs Hans Von Aesch (Renault Traffic, number plate A5472CT) is currently in a guarded area, having been the subject of forensic laboratory tests, but the authorities working on this investigation are waiting for your decision before dismantling the vehicle.

For your information:
On 21-08-2007 IP London responded with the following:

?Following your message of 17-08-2007 with regard to the vehicle belonging to the individual mentioned above, we checked that it was sent to Interpol Lisbon. We inform however, that we also sent an investigative team to Portugal by means of the link created by the police force of the UK with the aim (we hope) to guarantee a reply to your offer?.

We would be grateful if it could be taken into consideration that we urgently require your decision before 5-9-2007 given that a meeting into the investigation is planned for 6-9-2007.

We thank you for informing us. About what is possible, your intentions.

With thanks

IP Berna


61 - Fax 6 August 2007 advising the receipt of a message from Switzerland re: Von Aesch.
01 Cartas Rogatorias I Page 61

From: Interpol Office

Date: 06-08-2007

To: The Coordinator of the Criminal Investigation

Subject: Madeleine Beth McCann


For your knowledge and related to the message from IP Berna about the suicide of the Swiss citizen Urs Hans Von Aesch, I am sending you the translation of the message received from IP Wiesbaden.

With compliments

GNI Chief

Ana Mafalda Duarte
62 - Interpol message 2 August (faxed date 6 August) that the Swiss do not have any information of criminal activity to share at this time.
01 Cartas Rogatorias I Page 62

From The National IP Office



INFO: IP Madrid, Lisbon, London, Rome, France, Lyon

Subject: Urs Hans Von Aesch, born on 11-11-1940, Swiss nationality, resident in Altet del Canonche, Sn Benimantell, in the province of Alicante, Spain.

We inform the assignation of telephone number 00491756006236:

Urs Hans Von Aesch, address 97786 Motten, Zum Schmelzhof **, Germany.

The local police have been informed of the case and they were asked for all the information available about the individual and the addresses mentioned above.

Until now, we do not possess criminal information about him.

With compliments.

IP Wiesbaden.
63 - Interpol message faxed 3 August re: Swiss case of Von Aesch/Lenhard, noting that a possible link with the McCann case should be ruled out.
01 Cartas Rogatorias I Page 63

National Interpol Office

A young girl, Ylenia Lenhard, born on 18-11-2007, Swiss nationality, resident in Appenzell, Switzerland was reported as being missing on 31-07-2007 at 09.00.

She was abducted by unknown persons after having left the public swimming pool on the same day.

A photo of her can be found here:


On 01-08-2007 at about 300 metres from the place in the woods where Von Aesh?s body was found, the rucksack of the missing girl was found carefully placed on a path near to the location of the crime on 31-07-2007 and a float (for learning how to swim) belonging to the girl was found as well as her bicycle helmet as well as a new bread and some earth. The receipt for the purchase of the bread was found amongst Von Aesh?s belongings.

Exhaustive searches are being made in the respective areas.

Given the circumstances, the happenings indicated above appear to be definitely inter-related, neither should a possible link to the case of Madeleine McCann be excluded.

A press conference will take place this afternoon, 02-08-2007 at 14.00 (local time in St Gallen).

In addition three mobile phoned were found in Von Aesh?s vehicle. As well as printed papers with information about Switzerland, Germany, Spain with the following elements:

- Mobile phone Benq-Siemens IMEI 35180801071875 (8) the number could be 00491756006136.
- IMEI 35875700537518 86 ? without SIM card.
- IMEI 35456001729881 (6) telephone number 34627639548

We urgently need your collaboration with regard to the following:

- Any information available about the vehicle Renault Traffic Spanish number plate A5472CT.
- Any available information about Urs Hans Von Aesch, born on 11-11-1940, Switzerland.

Especially for IP Madrid: We ask that you urgently contact Von Aesch?s wife and ask about the motives and details about Von Aesch?s trip to Switzerland as well

Note: the rest of this letter is missing from the files
64 to 65 - Interpol message 17 August re: Von Aesch/Lenhard case noting that the Swiss police had not managed to determine any link with the McCann case, but they make the offer to PT and UK officers to examine the vehicle held (and examined) by them prior to their intended total dismantling of it.
01 Cartas Rogatorias I Pages 64 to  65
National Interpol office


IP Lisbon, London Information for Lyon SG

With regard to Urs Hans Von Aesch, Swiss citizen, born on 11-11-1940, suspected of attempted homicide, child abduction, etc.

Missing girl Ylenia Lenhard, born on 18-11-2001 in Switzerland.

As mentioned in previous correspondence, the investigations underway conducted by the police from the Canton of St Gallen did not manage to establish any link to the case of the disappearance of the British girl Madeleine McCann.

The vehicle of the suspect Urs Hans Von Aesch (Renault Traffic, number plate A5472CT) is currently being held in an isolation area and laboratory examinations by forensic experts from St Gallen have taken place. DNA traces of the girl Ylenia Lenhard who continues to be missing were found in the car. We hope that some of the traces will be released and distributed shortly for the effect of verification.

St Gallen police urgently need to know whether the authorities investigating the case of Madeleine McCann in Portugal or in the UK would be interested in our remaining with the vehicle for subsequent investigations, however it should be mentioned that during the first urgent searches sniffer dogs and other persons entered the vehicle (using rubber gloves).

In case your authorities do not need the vehicle the St Gallen police wish to dismantle the vehicle completely in order to find any signs of evidence.

Please inform us as urgently as possible about your intentions with regard to the vehicle so that the St Gallen police can proceed to dismantle it.

We thank you for your cooperation.

IP Berna



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