Alleged Madeleine McCann ‘Troll’ Brenda Leyland Found Dead

Retracing the Case of Madeleine McCann 2:07

LONDON — A British woman who allegedly posted abusive tweets about the parents of Madeleine McCann has been found dead in a hotel room just days after she was confronted on live television. Brenda Leyland, 63, was stopped outside her home by Sky News and asked to explain her messages to the parents of the three-year-old who disappeared in Portugal in 2007. Leyland said she was "entitled to" send the tweets, before driving away. Police confirmed Sunday that a woman, who they did not identify, was found dead in a Marriott Hotel some 15 miles from Leyland’s home and that there were no suspicious circumstances. Sky News acknowledged the body was Leyland's and her identity has been widely reported in the British press, including by the BBC. Leyland was allegedly among the so-called Twitter "trolls" identified in an 80-page dossier submitted to police by outraged members of the public.


- Alexander Smith