Sex Offenders Quizzed In Hunt For Girl
AT LEAST 20 known sex offenders are to be questioned by
police investigating the disappearance of a 19-month-old
girl from her parents' Sydney home.
The suspects, most with convictions and others who have
been reported for alleged sex crimes that could not be
proved, have been known to live in Lurnea, Liverpool,
where toddler Rahma el Dennaoui went missing last week.
Police said yesterday that a further 40 known sex offenders
had also been identified from intelligence files as living nearby.
Those questioned have been asked about their whereabouts
between 2am on Thursday, when Rahma was last seen, and 8am
that day, when she was discovered missing.
Superintendent Mick Plotecki said yesterday that although
police planned to check the movements of known sex offenders
in the area, they still did not know if Rahma had been abducted
or had wandered off during the night.
Police had used the air wing, tracker dogs and divers to search
parks, bush, ponds, creeks and canals, by teams comprising 40 police
and 98 State Emergency Service personnel.
"We have also drained five swimming pools that were green with murk,
in case she may have wandered into someone's yard and fallen in," Superintendent
Rahma had been sleeping in pink silk pyjamas with two of her sisters in a double
bed when she went missing.
Superintendent Plotecki said the investigation had been joined by detectives from
the robbery and serious crime squads, which also specialise in abduction and
extortion cases, in case the child had been snatched, but there had been no
Officers had also searched underneath houses within 100 metres of the el
Superintendent Plotecki said Rahma's father, Hosayn, had been allowed to
return to the home with his wife and seven other children — four girls and three boys — aged from 10 months to nine.
He said Mr el Dennaoui was "a battler" who had been mainly unemployed.
He had supplemented his welfare benefits through casual work carting
fruit from the markets.