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Internet 'Troll' Who Sent Vicious Messages to Madeleine McCann's Family Found Dead

| by Lisa Fogarty

A 63-year-old woman who was one of several “Internet trolls” who posted mean, hurtful comments to the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann, was found dead in a hotel room in Leicester, England, on Saturday afternoon, reports the New York Daily News.

Just a few days before her death, Sky News exposed Brenda Leyland as one of many “trolls” who reportedly used social media to accuse Kate and Gerry McCann of playing a role in the 2007 disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine. In one of the tweets Leyland left behind, using a now-deactivated Twitter handle @sweepyface, she reportedly said the McCanns should suffer “for the rest of their miserable lives,” reports Sky News.

When a reporter from the news outlet asked the woman why she felt the need to leave such vicious comments, she reportedly said, “I’m entitled to.”

Leyland left her home shortly after being exposed by Sky News, and her death is not being treated as suspicious, reports the Leicester Mercury.

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The woman is reportedly a mother of two who vanished from her village after someone took a photo of her.

This news comes just as British authorities have received an 80-page dossier that contains tweets, Facebook posts and messages left on message boards – all of which are meant to harass the McCann family. Some of the messages include death threats, according to police.

Madeleine was last seen on the evening of May 3, 2007. She, her parents, and her siblings were on vacation in Portugal when her mother and father found her missing from the room after she had gone to sleep.

Sources: New York Daily News, Sky News, Leicester Mercury

Photo Credit: Facebook, Sky News