On 4th March 1998, Rui Pedro took his bicycle and, around 14.00 he went to his mother's office, to ask her for permission to go on a drive with a 22 year-old male. His mother refused and told him to ride his bicycle behind her office. In the afternoon, around 17.00, Rui Pedro's teacher phoned the parents because Rui was late, which was unusual.
Immediately his parents started to look for him. During their search, they found out that a neighbor had found his bicycle around 15.00. It was hidden in the wood where Rui Pedro was seen riding his bicycle. Rui Pedro has yet to be found, despite an intensive search and international appeal.
His mother believes her son was abducted by a pedophile ring. A few months after his disappearance, police showed her a photograph from a global pedophile website. The picture was not clear but it showed a boy who looked like Rui Pedro. His mother believes it was Rui.
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Mendonça was 11 years old and riding his bicycle outside near his home when he disappeared. His whereabouts remain unknown.
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