Last night the badly decomposed body was spotted in water next to a petrol station jetty around 6pm on Friday. Police identified the child from the clothes she was wearing and her parents were expected to carry out a formal identification last night.
A police spokesman said that an initial examination had shown the child had suffered a serious blow to the head but no formal cause of death was expected until an autopsy could be performed overnight.
According to Typically Spanish , a man has confessed to involvement in the death of Mari Luz Cortés, but claims she fell and died accidentally. The man, a known paedophile named only as Santiago G., lived locally in the Torrejón area and had been a suspect of the family from the start.
Update 12-25-08 New sentence against Santiago del Valle
The man who is linked to the killing of Mari Luz Cortés has been found guilty of the abuse of another child in Sevilla.
The alleged killer of the Huelva five year old Mari Luz Cortés, Santiago del Valle, has been sentenced to prison for three years for the abuse of another child.