March 31st, 2010
03:01 PM ET

Officials: Missing Mexican girl's body found

The body of a handicapped missing 4-year-old Mexican girl has been found in her parents' apartment, officials said Wednesday.

Paulette Gebara Farah's parents were detained earlier this week after authorities said they found discrepancies in their stories.

Paulette disappeared March 22. Her parents, Alberto Bazbaz and Lisette Farah, said they put her to bed Sunday night and she was missing Monday morning, the state of Mexico attorney general's office said.

Paulette could not talk and needed help to walk.

Officials found Paulette's body in her bedroom early Wednesday morning in a space between the bed frame and the mattress, the attorney general's office told CNNMexico.

The family lives in Huixquilucan, a town in the greater Mexico City metro area.

The girl's disappearance had drawn great attention throughout Mexico and officials said they assigned 30 investigators to the case. Web pages from friends of the family and others were posted on the Internet, asking for help finding her.

Other details of her death were not immediately available. The attorney general's office postponed a news conference scheduled for midafternoon.

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  1. Xavier Tello

    Just a note:

    Alberto Bazbaz is the State's Attorney. The girl's father is Mauricio Gebara.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Autumn

    I kind of doubt it was an accident. I just can't believe she had falled in a crack somewhere and they didn't tear the bedroom apart looking for her.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roger

    According to the police, the girl was asfixiated by someone and her body hidden inside a plastic bag which was between the mattress and the bed frame. That is why the police is investigating her parents.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • S. Grayson

      I saw the report when they found this little girl. They didn't find her in a plastic bag norr stuffed under the matress. The Mexican authorities found her in a space that was between the footboard and the matress of her bed, but not in a bag. She had the bed sheets and the covers of the bed covering her.

      January 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. louis

    This is Mexico. this people are savages and don't have any regards for life.. I think Obama should close the border and let settle their own issues...

    March 31, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. FMJ

    Wow as the father of a handicapped 7 year old, i will do anything for her and would hurt anyone that would touch or harm her.

    i dont understand how this could be done to a child.. You have no idea how my heart just hurts for my daughter..She is what i live for...

    God bless her soul..

    March 31, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tricia

    If my child was not in her bed., The first thing especially if handicap would look all over and behind to see if they fell.
    The parents killed there child, now are playing it off as if she was taken by another person and killed. Those parents should rot in jail. Shame on you for hurting this little girl.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lizzard79

    How can a girl roll from the mattress to the space between the mattress and the bed frame? and how could no one find here there. Nope I would agree with the arrest.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kim

    This is a very sad story, but why exactly is this international news. Children go missing every day in THIS country, and the media barely acknowledges them. Once again, a liberal site ignoring tragedies in our own country.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mr. Garcia

    "This is Mexico. this people are savages and don't have any regards for life.. I think Obama should close the border and let settle their own issues..."

    If you want to see savages just look at america' inner cities, were the poor kill the poor. Mexicans have as much regard for human life as anyone else you ignorant slob, just remember when your getting mugged by someone with nothing to lose that he stabbed you because he was wanted what you had, not because he was of any one race. Educate yourself to whats really happening in this, the "greatest" nation on the planet....god, the arrogance of some of you just sickens me. Jacksonville Florida has murder rate that can put many Mexican cities to shame. Think about it.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JusticeSeeker

    This case is not unlike the case of Madeleine McCann, the British child whose parents claim was abducted in Portugal, May 2007.

    The difference is that the Portuguese police were unable to prosecute the McCanns due to a lack of a body – the case was shelved. Cadaver dogs alerted to the McCann apartment,their clothing and to the car they hired a month after Maddie disappeared, yet the McCanns were able to return to the United Kingdom and continue to proclaim their innocence. Despite their unwillingness to return to Portugal for a reenactment of the night Maddie disappeared, despite Kate McCann's unwillingness to answer 48 questions asked to her by the Portuguese police, despite their claims that night that the window had been "jemmied" (later proved to be impossible), despite the changes to their statements; unlike Paulette's parents, the McCanns are free.

    They've paid their mortgage out of money donated by the public to a fund set up to find Maddie, they *continue* to ask for the public for financial support. Yet the circumstances in both these cases are eerily similar. One set of parents arrested, another set flying around the world in private jets.

    Although the British media has attempted to portray the McCann's as "cleared", they certainly were not, there was simply not enough evidence to convict.

    So many of the details in Paulette's heartbreaking case and the McCann case are nearly identical. People around the world are convinced that Maddie's parents know she died, that the FUND they set up to "find" her was fraudulent and that there is a cover-up to the case underway. Those people are continuing to demand justice for Maddie. In Paulette's case, it appears justice WILL be done. It is not as likely for Madeleine McCann.

    May both these innocent little girls be at peace. They should have been loved and protected, and they were not.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      Very well said. It is absolutely shocking what the Tapas 9 have been allowed to get away with.

      June 13, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Crystal

    I don't understand how a mother could kill her own child. These are people that don't deserve children. Not everyone gets a chance to be a parent and it hurts me to hear this kind of news . Because that is a innocent life that left this world

    April 1, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Patricia

    She fell in the crack??????????? in a plastic bag???? are you stupid??/

    April 1, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. PATTY

    I hope I'm wrong but I feel that the mom might have been ashamed of having a handicapped child. Since they are wealthy she seems like those snobby people that are portrayed in the novelas. My paulette rest in peace when I seen her picture she was beautiful and she had a special glow.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. LM

    I applaud the Mexican police for acting so quickly when the inconsistencies were apparent. The mother's behaviour in front of press cameras certainly set alarm bells ringing.

    R.I.P. Paulette

    And no, Mexicans are not savages. Their ancestral cultures date back to when Europe was barbarian, and they are a nation with great dignity, despite the hard blows their country has suffered.
    Racism and xenophobia speak volumes about the lack of culture or values of those who make such statements.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
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