Uncle admits to attempting  to sell niece

João Manuel Domingos Cipriano, the uncle of missing child Joana, has admitted that he tried to sell his niece.

In a new statement about his involvement in the case, sent to the Algarve Resident on Tuesday via his lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia and containing a copy of a signed declaration, João Manuel Domingos Cipriano says he did try to sell Joana but that the sale was unsuccessful.

He claims he cannot reveal the identity of those who tried to buy his niece nor the location of her body for fear that those behind the sale will try to kill him while he is in prison.

Joana went missing from her home in Figueira, near Portimão, on September 12, 2004 and has never been found.

Her mother, Leonor Cipriano, and uncle were both convicted of her murder, abuse and concealing a body and are currently serving sentences between 19 and 20 years for their crimes.