Seventeen year old Marta del Castillo went missing practically from outside her front door last Saturday evening in Seville. The clock has stopped for another family. A void has opened up in a neighbourhood where the only talk in the streets, normally full of cheerful chatter, is to ask if there’s any news.
Someone somewhere knows whether Marta was taken against her will or whether she said goodbye to her friend, pretended to go home and instead ran away in the other direction. Apparently the first option seems more likely but I’m sure her family are holding their breath for a phone call to say “I’m sorry I was silly, I’m on my way home”. If only.
Yesterday the parents of murdered five year old Mari Luz went to see Marta’s family to give them their support. The Seville family spokesperson, Javier Casanova, said that it had helped to talk to people who have already been through their torment. But if I was Marta’s mother I’m sure that suddenly being put in the same boat as parents whose daughter had been abducted and killed would make matters worse.
We can only hope they find her soon.
Filed under: General by Rachel Haynes