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Fans Are Calling True Crime Drama Series 'The Search' 'Horrifying'

Fans Are Calling True Crime Drama Series 'The Search' 'Horrifying'

Netflix fans have been gripped by true crime drama series The Search, based on the tragic real-life case of a little girl found dead in her bedroom after a nine-day police search.

Viewers took to Twitter to air their views on the series, which they called "horrifying", "binge-worthy" and "crazy".

Starring Darío Yazbek, Diana Bovio and Regina Blandón, The Search tells the story of Paulette Gebara Farah, a four-year-old girl with learning disabilities who appeared to vanish overnight from a suburb near Mexico City in 2010.

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Paulette's mum, Lizette Farah, told police that she had put her daughter to bed as usual. The following morning, when Paulette's nanny, Ericka, went into her room, the little girl was nowhere to be found.

'The Search' is based on the tragic real-life case of Paulette Gebara Farah, a four-year-old found dead in her bedroom after a nine-day police search (Credit: Netflix)
'The Search' is based on the tragic real-life case of Paulette Gebara Farah, a four-year-old found dead in her bedroom after a nine-day police search (Credit: Netflix)

The fact that the four-year-old went missing overnight, and that there were no signs of forced entry to the house or a struggle, meant that police were left with frustratingly few leads.

Paulette's disappearance was made all the more perplexing when it transpired that CCTV cameras positioned around the property showed no footage of the child being taken.

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Added to that, Paulette was unable to leave the house alone because of her learning difficulties, and the family's dogs hadn't alerted Paulette's parents to any intruders.

A huge community search followed, with many pointing the finger of blame at Paulette's parents.

When it was reported that Paulette's parents and nannies were in custody, interest in the case peaked. Reportedly, the details of their statements didn't completely match up, which raised suspicions.

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Then, in a bizarre and tragic twist to investigations, police raided the Farah family home after nine days of searching, only to find Paulette's dead body under blankets at the end of the bed.

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Officers concluded that Paulette had rolled over during her sleep and become lodged in a gap between the end of the bed and the mattress, which caused her to suffocate.

A verdict of accidental death was ruled - but the case remains highly contentious.

The case sparked huge public interest with many pointing the finger of blame at Paulette's parents (Credit: Netflix)
The case sparked huge public interest with many pointing the finger of blame at Paulette's parents (Credit: Netflix)

Twitter users were left reeling by the series' perplexing subject matter, with some saying it had left them "thinking of all kinds of conspiracy theories".

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"New Netflix series The Search based on a horrifying true story I could not stop watching the corruption is over the top!" summed up one mind-boggled viewer.

"The Search" on Netflix . Is CUHRAZY," agreed another.

"The Search on Netflix is so binge worthy!! It's a crime series based on a true story in Mexico City," added a third.



A fourth chimed in. "The Search on Netflix left me thinking about all kinds of conspiracy theories."

Others, meanwhile, pointed to the possible involvement of the Mexican government.

"Just finished The Search on Netflix and woahh if the Mexican govt. is that corrupt to cover the death of a 4yr old girl...I can't imagine what else they could be hiding. Also how everyone went along with their lives after finding the body is just crazy #CasoPaulette."


Like many viewers, we simply can't get our heads around the baffling details of this tragic case.

The Search is available to watch on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Drama, TV and Film, True Crime, TV News, Netflix

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