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Post by Verdi 20.11.18 21:05

Madeleine McCann 'is in a secret lair'

Ulster detective leading the hunt on why he thinks she’s being held captive just like Jaycee Dugard


By Aaron Tinney
September 13 2009




The Ulster detective leading the search for Madeleine McCann today reveals his most chilling theories yet, exclusively to Sunday Life. Hardened ex-RUC cop Dave Edgar told us he is convinced that little Maddie is imprisoned in a hellish lair – just like kidnapped sex slave Jaycee Lee Dugard.

He insisted the “back from the dead” reappearance of Jaycee – and the cases of Austrian cellar girls Elisabeth Fritzl and Natascha Kampusch – confirmed his suspicion.

And despite fresh leads taking his probe to Australia and Barcelona, the east Belfast man insists the golden-haired youngster is being held just 10 miles from where she was snatched in Praia da Luz two years ago.

But he warned that the sprawling wilderness where he believes Maddie is languishing is almost impossible to search completely.
Belfast-born Dave revealed the grim theories when he opened his case files to us.

We spent the day at the Cheshire office he uses to conduct the world’s biggest missing person case.

Sunday Life can now lift the lid on how his Alpha Investigations Group private eye agency really operates and what it is like to search for the world’s most famous missing youngster, who disappeared two years, four months and 10 days ago.

When we visited Dave’s headquarters, US kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard had still not been rescued and the world had long forgotten her name.

But even then Dave said he was convinced Maddie was entombed by an abductor in a cellar or dungeon, like Austrian cellar victims Natascha Kampusch and Elisabeth Fritzl.

“Maddie is most likely being held captive, possibly in an underground cellar, just like Natascha or Elisabeth, and could emerge at any time,” he told us.

Days later, news broke that tormented Jaycee had been freed from the foul compound where she was abused for 18 years by monster Phillip Garrido. Dave simply said: “This just supports my theory that Maddie is alive and imprisoned.”

There was further backing for his theory when American boy Ricky Chekevdia was found hiding with his mother in a tiny “secret room” two years after he was kidnapped while caught in a custody battle.

Former detective inspector Dave, who grew up on Belfast’s Woodstock Road, was drafted in by Kate and Gerry McCann last November after Spanish investigators failed to find new leads.


Renowned for leaving no stone unturned in his UK murder investigations, Dave now spends his days with a four-strong team probing every lead that comes in to his office.

His partner Arthur Cowley has more than 30 years’ policing experience in north-west England – and the pair are backed up by a translator and an ex-police administrator.

They have sifted through thousands of emails, answerphone messages and letters to get that one breakthrough lead.

Last month, the information took Dave’s probe to Australia and Barcelona to track a ‘Victoria Beckham lookalike’ suspect, who spoke with an Australian or New Zealand accent.

She was seen asking two British tourists at a marina in Barcelona if they were there to deliver her “new daughter” – three days after Maddie disappeared.

But he told us he is now back to focusing on his original theory.

He still feels Maddie was snatched by a man spotted by the McCanns’ friend Jane Tanner, one of the so-called ‘Tapas Seven’ who dined with them the night Maddie went missing.

Dave said: “Jane is a very reliable witness and there were other sightings of this man, who Jane saw carrying a little girl in a blanket, in the days leading up to the disappearance.”

He feels this is the lone prowler who has Maddie stashed in a cellar or dungeon in the lawless villages around Praia da Luz.

But Dave warned: “This rural, sprawling terrain makes it extremely difficult to search. You could quite easily keep a child there for years and no-one else would know.


“The person who has Maddie is most likely a paedophile or a person so desperate for a family they were willing to kidnap for it.
“I wouldn’t like to speculate on what is happening to her.”

Dave says the region where he feels Maddie is being held has attracted many strange characters, including convicted sex offenders.

“I don’t want to generalise or make gross exaggerations, but there are people there living on the edges of society,” Dave said.

He added there were as many as nine child sex attacks in the area round Praia da Luz from 2005 to 2007 and the victims included British kids.

Some happened as close as 20 miles from Praia da Luz, and six of them were on girls between the ages of three and 10.

He is now investigating leads on six child sex offenders, 78 other rapists and sex attackers and 22 vagrants.

In a glimmer of hope, Dave said: “The key thing is no body has been found.

“When paedophiles kill, they often dump the body nearby, and this isn’t the case here.

“Even if Maddie had been dumped in the sea nearby the resort, the ocean often gives up his victims.
“Until I find evidence that she is dead, I will keep going.”


And his plans for the future?

“I don’t know. We could still be sitting here in 10 years.

“If Maddie is being held, she may be being brought up to speak a different language and not even remember her own name or where she was from.

“All we can do is try and keep public awareness high – and try and reach as much of that mountainous region outside the resort as we can.”

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/madeleine-mccann-is-in-a-secret-lair-28494565.html

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Post by Verdi 25.11.18 12:47

I make no apologies for reverting to the Crimewatch 2013 Madeleine McCann Special over and over and over again.  A criminal act in itself..

Reconstruction of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann to be shown on Crimewatch

The BBC’s Crimewatch will broadcast a new version of the events surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.


By Robert Mendick and agencies
12:01AM BST 13 Oct 2013               

[Note default time ^^^]


It will show tomorrow what detectives say are “significant changes” to the “accepted version of events”. E-fits of several men police want to trace will also be screened.

The footage features a three-year-old girl as Madeleine. She is shown collecting tennis balls for her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, as they played on a tennis court.

It recreates one of the last photographs taken before Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve in May 2007 when she was three.

Police said yesterday they were issuing the e-fits “to try to identify these men, to eliminate any innocent sightings or to establish if they are connected in any way”.


The fact police will publish several will raise suggestions the men might have been acting in a paedophile gang. Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, said: “The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around the Praia da Luz complex.”

A full reconstruction lasting 25 minutes will feature in the Crimewatch programme, which airs on Monday at 9pm.

In another clip, the McCanns are asked how often they think of their daughter, who went missing when she was three years old in May 2007 from a holiday apartment as her parents dined at a nearby tapas restaurant with friends.

Mr McCann says: "When it's a special occasion, when you should be your happiest and Madeleine's not there, that's when it really hits home. Obviously, Madeleine's birthday goes without saying."


Mrs McCann adds: "It's when you have big family occasions really. That's it isn't it? 'Family occasion' and you haven't got your complete family."


Crimewatch presenter Kirsty Young will speak to the McCanns live in the studio during the programme, while presenter Matthew Amroliwala has been to Praia da Luz to explore the new focus of the police investigation.

During the programme, senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, discusses how the police have approached the inquiry.


"Primarily what we sought to do from the beginning is try and draw everything back to zero if you like. Try and take everything back to the beginning and re-analyse and reassess everything, accepting nothing," he says.


"The careful and critical analysis of the timeline has been absolutely key. Primarily, we're focused on the area between 8.30 and 10. We know at 8.30 that was the time Mr and Mrs McCann went down to the tapas area for their dinner and we know that around at 10pm that was when Mrs McCann found that Madeleine was missing," he adds.

An incident room will be staffed during tomorrow's appeal and the days that follow, when the appeal moves to Holland and Germany.

Mr Redwood and his team recently revealed a vast log of mobile phone traffic.


Scotland Yard detectives, who have interviewed 442 people as part of their review-turned-investigation, hope to track down as many people present in the Portuguese town at the time.

Since launching its own investigation, 41 people of interest have been identified by the Metropolitan Police, including 15 UK nationals. A large but "manageable" list of phone numbers identified as being present in Praia da Luz - though not necessarily used to make phone calls - has been drawn up by detectives with a "significant" number unattributed to any named person.

Detectives have issued 31 international letters of request (ILOR) to mostly European countries in relation to some of the persons of interest as well as accessing phone records.

Ahead of the programme, Mr Redwood, said: "The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine's disappearance. Our work to date has significantly changed the timeline and the accepted version of events that has been in the public domain to date."


"It has allowed us to work with Crimewatch to build the most detailed reconstruction as yet, and highlight very specific appeal points.

"I hope that when the public see our investigative strands drawn together within the overall context of that appeal, it will bring in new information that moves our investigation forward."


The Portuguese investigation officially closed but authorities there are backing the Scotland Yard inquiry and officers from both countries will work together in pursuing new leads.

The Metropolitan Police now has a team of six Portuguese detectives based in Faro, who are carrying out inquiries on its behalf.
The McCanns are currently suing former police chief Goncalo Amaral for libel over claims in the book The Truth Of The Lie.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/10375101/Reconstruction-of-the-disappearance-of-Madeleine-McCann-to-be-shown-on-Crimewatch.html
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So, seven and a half years later, having made the transition between a case review into a full-blown investigation, well in excess of £12 million of our money sqaundered - what has been achieved?

Ah yes, that's it - back to zero !!!

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What happened to Madeleine McCann? Five possible scenarios explained

With interest in the case showing no signs of abating, the chances are that unless Madeleine is found, the theories will keep proliferating



  • Adam Lusher
  • Wednesday 14 November 2018 10:21


In the 11 years since Madeleine McCann went missing from an apartment in the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal, there have been a near-infinite number of theories as to what happened to her.

Having started reviewing the case in 2011, Scotland Yard are still investigating, receiving £150,000 in new government funding to pursue the matter on 13 November 2018.

With interest in the case showing no signs of abating, the chances are that unless Madeleine is found, the theories will keep proliferating.
For now, though, the most commonly discussed scenarios seem to be:

The parents were involved


On September 7 2007, four months after Madeleine’s disappearance, Kate and Gerry McCann were made “arguidos”, formal suspects in the case.

The theory seems to have been that the two doctors killed their daughter by accident, possibly by giving her too much sedative in the hope that she would sleep while they went out to dine with friends at a tapas restaurant 50 yards away.


The McCanns are then supposed to have hidden the body, faked Madeleine’s abduction, and then, weeks later, with the search for the three-year-old in full cry, put the corpse in the boot of a hire car and hid it in some super-secret location.

The Portugese police appear to have been bolstered in the belief that this – or something like it – could be possible by the reactions of two sniffer dogs brought to the Algarve by British officers in July 2007.

The two dogs, one trained to detect human blood, the other the smell of dead bodies, were taken to numerous locations, but only gave alerts inside the McCanns’ holiday apartment.  The cadaver dog later gave another alert signal while inside the Renault Scenic hire car that the McCanns had rented 24 days after their daughter went missing.

Analysis of hair and other fibres taken from the hire car and apartment were analysed by the UK’s Forensic Science Service.  Four days after the FSS analysis was complete, the McCanns were made arguidos, with Portugese officials citing DNA evidence as one of the grounds for suspicion.

It later transpired, however, that neither the sniffer dog or DNA evidence were as watertight as some observers assumed.

Sniffer dog evidence has been the subject of research questioning its reliability, and in one US court case, a judge agreed with analysis of three cadaver dogs’ performances which found they were wrong 78 per cent, 71 per cent and 62 per cent of the time.

The DNA evidence, meanwhile, came with a major ‘health warning’ from the FSS.

An email from John Lowe, of the FSS team, stated that only 15 out of a set of 19 components of Madeleine’s DNA profile had been found in the hire car.
Mr Lowe cautioned: “The individual components in Madeleine's profile are not unique to her; it is the specific combination of 19 components that makes her profile unique above all others. Elements of Madeleine's profile are also present within the profiles of many of the scientists here in Birmingham, myself included.

“It's important to stress that 50 per cent of Madeleine's profile will be shared with each parent. It is not possible, in a mixture of more than two people, to determine or evaluate which specific DNA components pair with each other. ... Therefore, we cannot answer the question: Is the match genuine, or is it a chance match."

Kate and Gerry McCann had their formal arguido status removed in July 2008.  They have always maintained their innocence.  They have dismissed as “ludicrous” theories about how they might have used the hire car to dispose of the body in a location that Algarve locals didn’t know about.

They are also continuing their legal action against Goncalo Amaral, the former lead Portugese investigator in the case, who in 2008 wrote a book claiming they had faked their daughter’s abduction after her accidental death.

Burglary gone wrong


According to this theory, thieves broke into the apartment, then killed or abducted Madeleine when she woke up and saw what they were doing.

It is understood that the Scotland Yard review team has not yet ruled out such a scenario – even though you might expect it to involve thieves acting in panic, making hurried mistakes and leaving a trail of obvious clues in their wake.

At one time, though, the Met detectives had identified four Praia da Luz locals who seemed as if they might have fitted the bill.   Their backgrounds, mobile phone contact and locations around the time of Madeleine’s disappearance all seemed to fit the pattern of men involved in a burglary that had gone wrong.

The men were questioned in 2014 – but Scotland Yard has now announced there was no evidence to implicate any of them and abandoned the case against all four.

Paulo Ribeiro, one of the men, has also told BBC Panorama how amazed he had been when approached by British detectives.

"I thought it was incredible," he said. "I knew of nothing when the police arrived at my door with a piece of paper that had a drawing on it, saying it bore a likeness to me and that someone had said I was involved and that I looked like the person who had kidnapped Maddie.”

He and the other three men, were also backed by Pedro do Carmo, deputy director of the Policia Judiciaria, who told Panorama he had never considered them to be suspects.

He said: "I can only say that we questioned those people on request of the Metropolitan Police and only based on the request of the Metropolitan Police.
"We never questioned those people. We never saw or looked at those people as suspects of the crime."

And, despite British detectives still considering the idea of a burglary gone wrong to be plausible, Carlos Anjos, the former head of the Policia Judiciaria officers' union, told Panorama: "This burglary theory is absurd. Not even a wallet disappeared, no television disappeared, nothing else disappeared. A child disappeared."

Abducted or killed by a local paedophile


In 2009 there were reports that some of those investigating Madeleine’s disappearance believed the Algarve had been “awash with paedophiles” when she went missing.

One source was quoted as saying: “There are 38 known sex offenders in the Algarve.  The area is a magnet for paedophiles. There have been seven sexual assaults involving the children of tourists in the Algarve in the last four years.

“They all have the same modus operandi as Madeleine's disappearance - that is, a break-in at a holiday apartment and children molested.

“Five happened before Madeleine's abduction, and two afterwards. One took place a month before she vanished.”

Could a local serial paedophile have escalated his activities to the point where instead of leaving a molested foreign child in situ, they progressed to abduction or killing?

Names have been proposed, and either categorically denied or conclusively disproven.

In this respect, probably the most bizarre twist came last year when it emerged that the broadcaster, wit and ex-MP Sir Clement Freud, who had a Praia da Luz holiday home and who had befriended the McCanns, was also a paedophile who sexually abused girls for decades.

One of Freud’s victims told ITV News she felt “very uneasy” after discovering that the former politician had befriended the McCann family:

"He was a private man, not the type to suddenly befriend  a couple who had intense media attention. It really jarred with me, left me feeling very uneasy.  Nobody else would have thought Freud capable of abuse and rape but he did it to me.”

Some investigators, however, have cautioned against the whole idea of the involvement of a local paedophile.  They point out that only very rarely do predatory paedophiles take the risk of sneaking or breaking into a building to get at a child.

Abducted by slave traders or paedophile child traffickers


There have been numerous variations of this theory, placing Madeleine in locations from Belgium to Africa.


In 2008, for example, it was reported that police were examining claims that Madeleine was taken on the orders of a Belgium-based paedophile ring that had placed an order for a “young girl”.

The highly organised gang, it was said, may even have taken a photograph of Madeleine beforehand so the Belgian paedophiles could confirm she fitted their requirements and give the go-ahead for the abduction.

Other theories have suggested Madeleine could have been taken to Lagos marina, five miles from Praia da Luz, and put on a boat bound for Morocco.

There have been reports of girls fitting Madeleine’s description being seen in Morocco around the time of her disappearance, and in the first few weeks of the hunt for their daughter, the McCanns did visit the north African country to appeal for information.

Morocco also fits into theories that Madeleine was sold into slavery: it is on the trafficking route to the Saharan desert country of Mauritania.

Mauritania was the last country in the world to abolish slavery, outlawing the practice only in 1981.  There are rumours that significant numbers of people remain in slavery in the country to this day, and that gangs operating out of Mauritania sell children to rich Middle Eastern families.

Colin Sutton, an ex-Scotland Yard detective, told the Mirror last month: “The Mauritania line is certainly a possibility and needs to be looked at.

“If someone wanted to get a three-year-old child into Africa it’s the obvious route. The infrastructure and contacts for people smuggling are clearly there.”

Madeleine woke up, wandered from the apartment, and was involved in an accident


If Madeleine had woken up and gone to see her parents at the tapas restaurant, it has been claimed, there were a number of potentially fatal accidents that could have befallen her.

If she lost her way in the dark and took a wrong turn, a walk of less than 200 yards would have taken her to some roadworks.

It has been reported that workers repairing drains had dug a 6ft-deep, 4ft-wide trench.  Had she fallen in, causing her to die or be knocked unconscious?  And had she then not been noticed when the trench was filled in the next morning?

This theory has been disputed by the engineer and the foreman in charge of the works, who have both insisted the trench was checked by them and the police.
Other accident theories have posited a drink driver who runs over Madeleine, panics, and hides the body.  A local might know hiding places where a body could lie undiscovered for ten years: the surrounding countryside is sparsely populated with plenty of scrubland and many old, long-abandoned wells.

Such scenarios, though, would require unusual behaviour from a little girl going in search of her parents.

Kate McCann has pointed out that Madeleine, coming up to her fourth birthday, would have had to have been able to open the curtains, slide open the patio door and then shut both of them behind her.  Then she would have had to open and shut the garden gate leading to the road.

During her holiday, she had got to know the way that took her to the pool complex where her parents were eating.  So why would this little girl have continued down the dark, lonely path leading to the roadworks, instead of turning towards the reassuring lights and noise coming from where she knew she could find her mum and dad?

This article was first published on 3 May 2017


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/madeleine-mccann-disappearance-latest-what-happened-scenarios-a8632886.html


The UK press seem to have themselves in a bit of a pickle trying to keep this fairytale alive for over eleven years - they're repeating themselves.

 
https://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t13561p500-media-mayhem-mccann-media-nonsense-of-the-day#393600

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Post by Verdi 26.11.18 23:36

Maddie cops ‘ignored claims her body was dumped in reservoir’

By TOM GOODENOUGH

25th November 2014, 2:15 pm
Updated: 4th April 2016, 11:55 pm

POLICE searching for Madeleine McCann ignored a claim her body may have been
dumped in a lake, it has been reported.

A note — found outside the flat from which Madeleine disappeared — suggested
the three-year-old’s body may have been dumped in a remote “Reservoir of
Wilderness” just miles from the holiday resort of Praia da Luz.

The letter described the murky waters as a “perfect” place to hide a
body.

The unnamed handyman who found the note, who did not wish to be named, said:

“It clearly said Madeleine’s name at the top. It was written in Portuguese.

“Beneath it was a location for what it claimed was her final resting place

He went on to say that after handing cops the letter – found a year after
Maddie went missing – nothing was done.

The remote Barragem da Bravura lake is just 15 miles from Praia da Luz, where
Maddie was last seen.

Police searched the surrounding woodland after Madeleine vanished in 2007 but
it is thought they did not dredge the lake itself.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/546615/maddie-cops-ignored-claims-her-body-was-dumped-in-reservoir/

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Divers search lake for Madeleine McCann

By Martina Smit and agencies
12:01PM GMT 04 Feb 2008    [Note default time]

Divers are searching a remote Algarve lake for Madeleine McCann after being hired by a Portuguese lawyer who believes her body has been dumped there.

Marcos Aragao Correia is thought to be spending more than £1,000 a day to keep up the dive hunt at the Barragem do Arade reservoir, 35 miles east of Praia da Luz where the four-year-old went missing on May 3 last year. Five days into the search, the divers - of the local firm Dive Time - have already found a 15-ft length of blind cord knotted together from several pieces. "It is now with the police," Mr Aragao said. "I think it could turn out to be significant."

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The human rights lawyer said underworld criminals told him Madeleine was raped, murdered and then dumped in a nearby lake that was "deserted with lots of trees and a beach area". The Barragem do Arade, which is the second closest to Praia da Luz after another reservoir which police have already searched, was the only one that fitted the description, Mr Aragao said.

He claimed to have told Portuguese police of his tip-off three days after Madeleine disappeared. "So far they haven't acted upon my information," he said. "I'm determined to carry on with this until I find Madeleine's body or satisfy myself she is not here." But he added that Metodo 3, the private investogators hired by Madeleine's parents, thought his information was "important" because of the reservoir's proximity to the town of Silves, where a girl like Madeleine age was seen being swapped between cars.
The dive search comes as it emerged that Kate and Gerry McCann are set to remain suspects in their daughter's disappearance despite an admission by Portugal's top policeman that detectives were "hasty" in naming them as such.

Alipio Ribeiro, the national director of the Policia Judiciaria (PJ), told a radio interviewer at the weekend that there "perhaps should have been another assessment" before the McCanns were declared "arguidos" - formal suspects - four months after Madeleine vanished.

His remarks were sezied upon by Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' official spokesman, who almost immediately issued a statement urging Portuguese authorities "to act humanely by removing their arguido status as swiftly as possible".

However, an unnamed source at Portugal's Attorney General's Office told the newspaper 24 Horas: "We will be saying nothing officially about Mr Ribeiro's comments. The fate of Madeleine's parents will be reassessed at the appropriate moment."

Although Portugal's Public Prosecution Service have the power to remove someone's arguido status before the end of a criminal investigation, it rarely happens. The McCanns are likely to have to wait until the end of the police investigation to find out whether they will stand trial.

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Madeleine McCann's body 'may no longer exist'

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The McCanns spent Friday in London consulting their lawyers



By Caroline Gammell in Praia da Luz
14 Sep 2007

Portuguese police have allegedly asked UK forensics experts to examine evidence to see if Madeleine McCann might have previously been drugged, as they turn their attentions on the apartment next door to the one from which she vanished, it has been claimed.

The latest speculation on the police investigation into the missing four-year-old emerged as detectives in the case admitted they may never find her body.

There is speculation her corpse may have been weighed down with rocks and dumped in the sea or even destroyed in an incinerator.

The new claims, in the Evening Standard, centre on the apartment neighbouring the McCanns' and police are said to believe it may hold the key to the whereabouts of any body in the hours after she was reported missing.

They also follow reports in the newspaper France Soir that Madeleine allegedly died from an overdose of sleeping pills.

Further claims in the Evening Standard take the theory one step further suggesting that the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham has been asked to look for evidence that she had been given drugs on the night she went missing and on earlier occasions.

The McCanns have always emphatically denied that they ever sedated any of their children.

Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry have been formally named as suspects, but police have admitted that they do not have enough evidence to charge them.

Mrs McCann, 39, is expected to be recalled to Portugal in the next few days to face further questioning as police work on the theory that she may have accidentally killed her daughter while her husband helped cover up the crime.

The couple have vehemently denied these claims.

But the couple, who spent Friday in London consulting lawyers about their arguido status, have been told the case against them is weak if a body is not found.

A senior Portuguese police source said there was very little for detectives to pin on the McCanns.


"We have nothing concrete," he told Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas. "There are a lot of indications but without more information it is impossible to determine what happened in those four vital hours in the case between 6pm and 10pm.

"Even if the blood and traces gathered in the car or in the apartment were confirmed to correspond to 100 per cent of the little girl's DNA, that wouldn't prove anything."

Madeleine disappeared from the family's holiday apartment 5A in the Mark Warner Ocean Club resort on May 3.

For several weeks forensic scientists in Birmingham have been examining bodily fluids and hair found in the back of the couple's Renault Scenic hired 25 days after their daughter went missing.

As the investigation continued, Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias said police had admitted Madeleine's body "may no longer exist".

A source told the paper: "One theory is that the body may have been thrown in a bag filled with stones into the high sea from a yacht in Lagos marina."

Mr Murat, a 33-year-old property developer, is the only other named suspect, or arguido in the case.


Family friends of the McCanns have demanded to know why he is not facing the same amount of scrutiny as Madeleine's parents.


They insist he was involved in the preliminary search for the little girl while he maintains he was at home with his mother in their villa 150 yards from the McCanns' apartment.

The Portuguese authorities are still trying to track down Mrs McCann's personal diary to gain an insight into her psychological state before and after Madeleine disappeared. It is understood they have photocopies of extracts and are now trying to get the papers formally accepted as evidence.

The investigating judge Pedro Miguel dos Anjos Frias, has until next Thursday to authorise any further police activity in the case against the McCanns after being handed a 4,000 page file by the public prosecutor last Tuesday.


Police are on standby to carry out searches along the coast to the west of Praia da Luz and attention has also focused on the area surrounding the town's church.

In the UK, Mr McCann's sister Philomena said the couple and extended family would be prepared to sell their homes to help foot the legal bill to clear their names.


Mr and Mrs McCann have appointed lawyers in Portugal and the UK after being named official suspects in their daughter's disappearance.


The couple's £640,000 home in Rothley, Leicestershire, has been besieged by the world's media since the McCanns flew home last Sunday.


Their battle to shift suspicion has been hampered by the fact that they are not allowed to hire their own private investigator.

Under Portuguese law, no independent inquiry can be carried out while a criminal investigation is underway.

It is only when a person has been charged with a crime that they are entitled to appoint their own experts – such as forensic specialists – which have to be approved by the court.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1563185/Madeleine-McCanns-body-may-no-longer-exist.html

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Madeleine McCann: is it time for the press regulator to step in?

Roy Greenslade - 9th May 2014

Is the Press Complaints Commission going to find itself dealing with one last controversial complaint or will it become the first headache for the new Independent Press Standards Organisation?

I refer to the concerns aired about current media coverage of the renewed search for Madeleine McCann by both her parents and the police.

Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, have issued a statement, which is posted on Facebook, registering their disquiet at "interference" by journalists in the new investigation into their daughter's disappearance. It states:

"We are dismayed with the way the media has behaved over the last couple of days in relation to our daughter's case.
There is an on-going, already challenging, police investigation taking place and media interference in this way not only makes the work of the police more difficult, it can potentially damage and destroy the investigation altogether – and hence the chances of us finding Madeleine and discovering what has happened to her.
As Madeleine's parents, this just compounds our distress. We urge the media to let the police get on with their work and please show some respect and consideration to Madeleine and all our family."

This came the day after the Metropolitan police assistant commissioner, Mark Rowley, sent a letter to editors appealing for restraint because of the potential for the Portuguese to halt the investigation.

Rowley explained that the British police were operating under Portuguese law and his opposite number in Portugal, in the policia judiciaria, did not intend – as had been the Met's practice – to brief the media on the search.

He said that the Portuguese police chief had been clear "that if we provide any briefings or information on the work they are undertaking on our behalf, or if reporters cause any disruption to their work in Portugal, activity will cease".

It would mean that Scotland Yard detectives would be unable to excavate sites around the resort of Praia da Luz where the then three-year-old Madeleine went missing on 3 May 2007.

But where exactly should the press draw the line? What happens if reporters discover facts without having had police briefings? Is it wrong for British papers to reproduce every story appearing in the Portuguese press? Where does factual reporting stop and intrusion into grief begin?

With the questions in mind, let's look at how have the press has reacted to the call for restraint.

The Daily Mirror has been in the forefront, running a "world exclusive" splash on Monday, "Maddie cops to start digging up resort". The story appeared to be well sourced.

On Wednesday, the Mirror splashed on an "exclusive new lead" headlined "Maddie cops to dig yards from apartment". A similar story was the splash in the Daily Star, "Maddie: police dig up 3 sites" and in the Daily Express, "Police dig in new hunt for Maddy."

If factually accurate, as appears to be the case, the problem for the Met with these stories was that it was bound to raise suspicions by the Portuguese police about off-the-record briefings (even if that was not the case).

The Sun also ran a page lead that morning, "Kate had dream of where to dig", in which Mrs McCann was alleged to have told a family liaison officer about her dream of where officers should look.

By Wednesday evening, Sky News was reporting that "disagreements over leaks to the media may delay British police in their efforts to scour areas they will be given access to."

Its crime correspondent, Martin Brunt, reported from Praia da Luz, on "what appears to be a developing row between the British authorities and the Portuguese authorities about essentially Scotland Yard giving out information to journalists about what is going to happen.

"The Portuguese are making it very clear that they were not happy with journalists being briefed."


Brunt also spoke about another "blow for Scotland Yard" because - according to a report in a local Portuguese newspaper, the News Journal - the authorities had rejected a Scotland Yard plea to search the homes of three men accused of burglaries at the Praia da Luz complex at the time Madeleine vanished.

The Daily Mail also referred to "ongoing tensions between British and Portuguese authorities" It quoted Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe as saying: "There are always going to be complications when you have got one police force in one country working with the police force of another. We have both got to be sensitive to these things."

British newspaper editors cannot be other than aware of the sensitivity surrounding the Madeleine McCann story. Her parents spoke movingly at the Leveson inquiry of their unfortunate treatment by certain papers some seven years ago.

They remain acutely concerned about intrusions into their privacy despite acknowledging the need for continuing publicity about the case.

They and their friends, along with a local man wrongly identified as a suspect, were paid large sums in libel damages for inaccurate, defamatory reports in the aftermath of Madeleine's disappearance.

Although it is obvious that editors would not wish to repeat the sins of the past, they are fascinated by the story and remain wedded, as always, to the kind of scoop journalism that can lead them to overstep the mark.

I can accept that it is difficult to suppress information - and, of course, to accept the diktats of the Portuguese authority - but editors will surely wish to avoid scuppering the police operation.

One aspect of the reporting, however, does require more attention. The Mirror's article on Wednesday quoted "a source close to the McCanns" as saying: "This is an emotional time for them."

And the inside story, drawing again on the unnamed source, referred to the couple as "tormented parents" facing "their worst nightmare". Some people may not be regard it as intrusive. But it is surely bordering on poor taste to attribute feelings to this couple in such circumstances.

Will the current regulator, the PCC, step in before this gets out of hand again? Or will it leave it to the incoming Ipso?

https://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2014/may/09/madeleinemccann-national-newspapers
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Someone should remind Messrs McCann how they totally ignored the Portuguese authorities when asked not to contact the media back in the summer of 2007.  Not a PJ whim but a Portuguese legal requirement to accord with their police investigation protocol of secrecy at the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance.
Gerry and Kate McCann ....

"We are dismayed with the way the media has behaved over the last couple of days in relation to our daughter's case.
There is an on-going, already challenging, police investigation taking place and media interference in this way not only makes the work of the police more difficult, it can potentially damage and destroy the investigation altogether – and hence the chances of us finding Madeleine and discovering what has happened to her.
As Madeleine's parents, this just compounds our distress. We urge the media to let the police get on with their work and please show some respect and consideration to Madeleine and all our family."

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Spin is not the answer

Mark Lawson - 26th October 2007

By hiring their very own Alastair Campbell, the McCanns have fuelled the doubts they seek to allay

The pattern was familiar from politics: following a major interview, public and pundits dissect the answers given and not given, while the official press spokesman for the interviewee takes to the airwaves to explain what the responses really meant.

The latest subjects of this strategy, however, were not politicians, but Kate and Gerry McCann. Listening to Clarence Mitchell answering on their behalf on numerous news outlets yesterday morning, it struck me that one of the most remarkable aspects of the Madeleine McCann case is that her parents are the first private citizens to have their very own Alastair Campbell.

And yet, listening to the phone-in callers piling in with still more sceptical derision after their Spanish television interview and Mitchell's glossary on it, I also felt that their decision to respond to family tragedy with political methods has been a terrible error. By using manoeuvrings designed for vote-grabbing, they increasingly risk the treatment that politicians receive: the belief that they are public property and that everyone has a right to an opinion on their character and veracity.


Admittedly, in one way the McCann case has gone far beyond the political model. The two most celebrated image-manipulators of modern politics - Alastair Campbell and James Carville - had a rule about the attention span of the media. They believed that there was a limited length of time - Clinton's man first put it at nine days, Blair's at 11 - for which the same story would stay on the front pages before other events provided a distraction.

The disappearance of a four-year-old on holiday, though, has shattered these calculations. The name of Madeleine McCann has now appeared on the front pages of the Daily and Sunday Express for getting on for 180 days now, with most other mainstream papers of all kinds coinciding for at least half of those. Judged by sheer unanimity of coverage across all titles, the last equivalent story was probably the second world war.

Some of this has happened because of a change in media priorities: a retreat from serious political events towards the kind of news that could plausibly be the storyline for a Hollywood film - the obsession with Princess Diana, who has occasionally been allowed to share an Express front page with Madeleine, began this bias in reporting.

But, above all else, this domination of the front pages has happened because the McCanns have encouraged it and their financial backers have funded it. The reason the nine-day/11-day rule has not applied is that Campbell and Carville were working on a model in which the subject of the journalism wants the coverage to stop, and therefore adopts tactics - of silence or diversion - which encourage reporters to look elsewhere. If the events in Portugal were to have a clear ending of any kind, Madeleine's parents would share the usual human desire to halt media interest but, for the moment, their desperate desire to keep the public looking for their daughter has led them to court publicity.

It was presumably for this reason that the McCanns became the first doctors to have a spin doctor. Previous civilians who have attracted public interest, usually through sex with a celebrity, have had Max Clifford speaking on their behalf, but his role is not usually spokesman but broker, placing their revelations in a single paper for a slice of cash. Clarence Mitchell, in contrast, briefs universally for free in the style established by the White House and followed by Downing Street.


It's easy to see how the McCanns fell into the trap of getting a press spokesman. Though firmly protesting their innocence of the insinuations by Portuguese press and police, those suggestions of guilt have caused them to believe that they need their own counter-voice.

The problem with this approach is that the traditional purpose of spin doctors is to convince people that a leader hasn't quite done what he probably did. The more often the press guy comes to the podium, the closer his boss's career is to being over.

Another difficulty is that Mitchell is usually commenting on events of which he has no firsthand knowledge, so his briefings tend to elide fact with assertion. And his habit of answering one question but then deflecting the next on the grounds that a response would break Portuguese judicial rules may be legally necessary but transmits a sense of slipperiness.

The biggest drawback, though, is that the McCanns have turned to spin and media manipulation at the precise moment these arts are most discredited in politics. What they say in an attempt to keep their child's face in people's minds has the effect of turning a daily spotlight on them. Anecdote and phone-ins suggest these appearances increase the resentment and suspicion they are aiming to defuse. Their tragedy is becoming a public relations disaster.

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Madeleine documentary claims UK sex offender still a suspect

Mon, Dec 24, 2007, 00:00

Theo Usherwood

BRITAIN:Only one British sex offender with links to the Algarve remains a suspect in the hunt for Madeleine McCann, a television documentary claims today.

In the programme, The Madeleine McCann Mystery, Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt claims that all 52 British sex offenders with links to the Portuguese holiday destination have been investigated and only one remains in the frame as the search for the missing four-year-old continues.

The documentary comes as Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry, face their first Christmas without their daughter.
The programme features forensic expert Prof David Barclay, who says it is unusual for children of Madeleine's age to be abducted by paedophiles.

He said: "There are two options. She [ Madeleine] came to harm at the hands of some member of the family or of friends, or that it was some paedophile who happened to be passing by. Both are really, really unlikely, but we know she's gone.

"Abduction for sexual purposes of children is eight, nine, 10-year-olds. It is really, really unusual to want to take a child of three-and-a-half.


"It would be somebody overcome by the urge at that time. I mean, how often can you do that and get away with it? There are no people in Praia da Luz that have got that sort of history. I know people who have got that, they have been looked at but they [ the Portuguese police] didn't check up on the other people staying in the apartments."

Prof Barclay criticises the fact the McCanns' apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz was not protected as a crime scene, following Madeleine's disappearance on May 3th. He claims that in similar cases, police have bought the house so they could keep it until after any trial.


Brunt also claims a blue tennis bag used by Gerry McCann (39) hours before Madeleine disappeared has gone missing.

The McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, rejected the claim. He said: "As far as Kate and Gerry are concerned, there's no missing tennis bag. They came back from holiday with everything except of course, tragically, Madeleine."

The programme hears from Robert Murat's aunt, Sally Eveleigh. She said: "All the people that know Robert, that were out on that night, that own bars, businesses, restaurants, that closed them all up to go and search for Madeleine, were interviewed and questioned by the police and they all didn't see him.


"Of course they didn't see him, he wasn't there. But three complete strangers who have never met him before say that they saw him in the dark with his dodgy eye, which is actually a detached retina, it is not a glass eye. I can't understand that."

Asked who those people were, she added: "The friends of the McCanns."

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MADDIE TAKEN IN DAD'S TENNIS BAG



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by Jerry Lawton
24 December 2007

Vital holdall goes missingA TENNIS bag that could have been used to move Madeleine McCann's body has gone missing, it was claimed last night.

Dad Gerry was reportedly seen with the holdall as he took up to three tennis lessons a day on the ill-fated holiday that ended with Maddie, four, vanishing.

But the blue sports bag has been lost, according to a shock new TV special on the mystery that is gripping the world.

Police are desperate to trace it to discover if it was used to carry the little girl's body.

Sources say police believe Maddie died in an accident inside the McCanns' apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3.

It is also reported that officers accused her parents of disposing of her body to mask negligence and dodge a manslaughter rap. The McCanns, both 39, deny any involvement in the disappearance.

According to The Madeleine McCann Mystery - a Sky News special on tonight at 7.30 - the bag is vital to the investigation.

But the McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Gerry's baffled. He's never owned such a bag. There simply is no missing bag. They are entirely innocent."

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McCanns' Christmas message to Madeleine

By Nick Britten
8:07AM GMT 21 Dec 2007

Madeleine McCann's parents today make a heartfelt Christmas appeal to their missing daughter, urging her to "be brave".

Standing in front of a Christmas tree at their Leicestershire home, Gerry and Kate McCann tell the four-year-old: "Our only Christmas wish is for you to be back with us again."

Their three-minute video appeal for Madeleine's safe return is being released worldwide today, seven months after she went missing from their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

It includes three clips of Madeleine filmed last Christmas which have not been seen publicly before.

In one she is shown excitedly opening a parcel containing the same pink bag she took on the fateful holiday. In another she is carrying a gift from her to her brother Sean while in a third she is standing on the kitchen table.

Sitting in front of the family Christmas tree with his wife by his side, Mr McCann said next week will be the "hardest Christmas imaginable".

The couple discuss the possibility that someone knows what happened to their daughter, who vanished while they were eating in a tapas restaurant at the holiday complex where they were staying.

They had left Madeleine and their two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie, asleep in the apartment while they ate nearby.
And they make a direct appeal to her kidnapper to end their "despair and anguish".

Speaking directly to the camera, addressing her daughter, Mrs McCann says: "Madeleine, it's mummy and daddy here. Just know how much we love you, Madeleine. "We all miss you so much.

"Sean and Amelie talk about you all the time every day.

"We're doing everything we can, Madeleine, to find you and there are so many good and very kind people helping us.

"Be brave sweetheart.

"Our only Christmas wish is for you to be back with us again and we're hoping and praying that that will happen.

"Love you Madeleine."

Turning her attention to her kidnapper, she says: "If that person is you, we understand that you may be staying silent because of fear for yourself or through misguided loyalty to other people.

"But you must understand that you hold the key to ending all this despair and anguish, for both us and Madeleine.

"At this time of year, when so many families are coming together we beg you to help us be reunited with Madeleine. Please do the right thing and come forward."

Making a direct appeal for information, Mr McCann says: "This special time of year is all about families coming together with love and peace.

"Clearly for us and the rest of our family it's going to be the hardest Christmas imaginable without Madeleine here."

He adds: "Since Madeleine was taken from us on May 3, someone knows what happened to her and may well know where she is now. That person has it within their power to show us the compassion to end this terrible ordeal for us."

The McCanns, who remain official suspects in Madeleine's disappearance, have not spoken publicly about what they have bought for Madeleine for Christmas this year.

Writing in his internet blog earlier this month, Gerry McCann said the family would be having a very quiet Christmas, attempting to preserve as much normality for Sean and Amelie.

"Despite not yet being three, they both seem to understand they will be getting presents from Santa," he said.

"They have also asked if Santa will be bringing Madeleine home, which just about broke our hearts."

The couple have been inundated with gifts from around the world for Madeleine, which they said would remain unopened until she returned home.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1573396/McCanns-Christmas-message-to-Madeleine.html

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McCanns: it will be a tough Christmas

12:01AM GMT 16 Dec 2007

The parents of Madeleine McCann are bracing themselves for "an incredibly difficult" Christmas.

Gerry and Kate McCann said they were planning a quiet Christmas with family and are expected to spend the festive period in their home village of Rothley, Leicestershire.

They said they wanted to give their twins, Sean and Amelie, as normal a Christmas as possible with a tree and presents.

The couple, who are Roman Catholics, will attend a midnight mass on Christmas Eve at which prayers will be said for their missing daughter.

The four-year-old vanished on May 3 while the family were on holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Mr and Mrs McCann refused to comment on whether they were buying presents for their oldest child in her absence.

In a statement, the couple said: "Christmas 2007 will be an incredibly difficult time for us if Madeleine is not found.

"We plan to have a very quiet, private Christmas with family in the UK. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us… and ask you to stay with us as the search for our daughter continues."

Last week, a witness in the case broke her silence to protest the innocence of the parents. Bridget O'Donnell and her partner, Jeremy Wilkins, made friends with the McCanns in Portugal during their holiday.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1572704/McCanns-it-will-be-a-tough-Christmas.html

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Kate and Gerry McCann have released a moving list of the things they miss about Madeleine as part of a campaign for the charity Missing People:  December 2015


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Gerry McCann returns to work

By Nick Britten - 1st November 2007

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Gerry McCann has returned to work for the first time since his daughter's disappearance and admitted he was not anticipating any breakthrough in the case.

Mr McCann, a consultant cardiologist, will begin on three days a week but hopes to be working full time early next year.

Six months after Madeleine's disappearance, and with the police investigation apparently not following any direct lines of inquiry, Mr McCann said it was now time to take the next step as he and his wife, Kate, try to resume as normal life as possible.

Speaking on his way into Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, Mr McCann said he was returning confident that he had done everything he could to find four-year-old Madeleine.

He said: "We have always said that at six months we didn't want to look back and say 'I wish we had done that and wish we had done this'.

"But now we feel we have done everything we can do to establish the search for Madeleine on an ongoing basis and we feel we have the proper infrastructure now in place to find her."

He said he was focused on his job and was keen to "get back a degree of normality with a working routine".

While Mrs McCann has confirmed she will not be returning to her job as a GP, Mr McCann always said he would return to his job.
Neither have earned anything since May and some instalments of the couple's mortgage on their home in Rothley have been paid from the Find Madeleine fund.

Doug Skehan, clinical director of the Glenfield's cardio-respiratory directorate, said he was confident Mr McCann could handle a return to his £75,000-a-year post, adding: "His trauma is well known but his professionalism is high. Many people who work in hospital have difficulties outside but they do engage with their clinical practice."

Mr McCann, who remains an official suspect in his daughter's disappearance in Portugal, specialises in general cardiology and has a sub-speciality of MRI scanning of the heart and his return will be phased.

He will initially split his time between assessing the results of MRI scans of patients, which involves "limited contact", and research for the British Heart Foundation.

He aims to have more direct contact with patients in clinic in a month, and early in the new year return to full clinical care.
His return earned a mixed reaction from visitors to the hospital, with some suggesting his mind might still not be on his job.

Sybil Berry, 87, of Leicester, who was visiting as a respiratory patient, said: "I think I would find it a bit embarrassing if I met up with him. For a start, I wouldn't know whether I should bring up Madeleine or not.

"But I do think some people might be worried, because he has been out of practice for six months while all of this has been going on."

Karen Wales, 50, from Groby, Leics, said: "The hospital has stressed he won't be seeing anyone for a while, so it shouldn't be a problem. But I think it's important that the people in charge are 100 per cent sure that he is fit to work on patients before they let him do so. If Gerry McCann was treating me or a relative I would want to know his mind was fully on the job."

It has emerged that Mr McCann would be earning his full salary of £75,000 despite only working part time initially.

An NHS spokesman said: “Gerry will be paid his salary and this is entirely consistent with what happens with other staff returning to work on a phased basis after a period of time away.”

Clarence Mitchell, the family spokesman said: “Gerry is entitled to receive this pay on whatever basis the NHS deems appropriate.”

On Saturday, the McCanns will attend a church service to mark six months since their daughter went missing from their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1568014/Gerry-McCann-returns-to-work.html

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Oh my, how I miss those halcyon days of cornflakes with the Kate and Gerry weekend show.  How times have changed since the memorial 10th anniversary finale of little Madeleine McCann's disappearance, leaving only the remnants of days gone by with the obligatory reminder by the errant columnist - Tracey 'Olive Oyl' Kandohla, lost is the mists of nostalgia.



Madeleine McCann: Parents were convinced they found missing daughter and had plane on standby


  • Hatty Collier
  • Saturday 29 April 2017


Private investigators searching for Madeleine McCann were so convinced they had found her that a plane was put on standby with its engines running ready to collect the missing girl.

Clarence Mitchell, the McCann’s media spokesman, has revealed two heartbreaking moments in the first 12 months after the girl’s 2007 disappearance in which her parents, Kate and Gerry, believed they had found their daughter.

Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Mitchell, who has acted as the family’s spokesman for the last decade, described how a blonde, English-speaking girl was located in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

He said: “All the information coming back to us suggested heavily that it could be Madeleine, so much so that an aircraft was put on stand-by, with its engines running, waiting to fly to pick her up.

“Kate and Gerry sat tight. They had learned by that stage to be sceptical, not to give in to natural hope only for it to be dashed. They preferred to wait until the Moroccan authorities had checked it out. And when they did, it became clear she was not Madeleine.”

Mr Mitchell also described another occasion in which Madeleine’s parents believed they may have found their daughter after he received chilling phone calls from a man repeatedly naming a farm where she was being hidden.

The moment came when they family were still in the Portugese resort of Praia de Luz just weeks after she vanished from the family’s holiday apartment there on May 3. Mr Mitchell had been sent by the British government to the Portugese resort to assist the family with the huge media interest.

He said: “Shortly after I arrived, I started to get phone calls, always at three o’clock in the morning, always the same ghostly man’s voice, repeatedly naming a farm where she was being hidden.”

Mr Mitchell said British police recorded the calls and a farm, fitting the man’s description, was located near Seville, over the border in Spain.
He said the farm was raided and looked exactly as described but Madeleine was not found and the tip-offs were never explained.
It comes as the McCann’s prepare to mark the 10th anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance.

The family, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have vowed to "never give up" hope of finding their daughter, who would be 13 now.
Earlier this week Assistant Met Commissioner Mark Rowley said there were "significant investigative avenues" of "great interest" to police.

Last month the Home Office confirmed £85,000 was being given to police to cover operational costs from April to September. More than £11 million has been spent on the UK’s inquiry so far.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/madeleine-mccann-plane-was-put-on-standby-with-engines-running-ready-to-pick-up-missing-girl-after-a3526946.html


Clarence Mitchell wrote:Shortly after I arrived, I started to get phone calls, always at three o’clock in the morning, always the same ghostly man’s voice, repeatedly naming a farm where she was being hidden

affraid  Blimey, that sounds a bit fishy!

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Airdate: Madeleine: Her Parents’ Story

May 1st, 2008 By David Knox


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Nine will air a special in which UK parents Kate and Gerry McCann talk about the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, one year on.

National Nine News Special: Madeleine: A Year of Mystery: Her Parents’ Story will air on Wednesday May 14.
It airs for one hour at 8:30pm, except in Victoria where it airs at 9:30pm. The difference in start times is due to Hell’s Kitchen, already differing in timezones because of Underbelly programming.

This Saturday marks one year since the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal.

After a year of frantic searching and painful allegations, Kate and Gerry McCann talk openly about their daughter Madeleine’s disappearance.

Hell’s Kitchen remains uninterrupted in all states on May 14.

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Madeleine's DNA was found in Murat's house, police claim

Last updated at 18:06 24 October 2007

Detectives searching for Madeleine McCann have told a Portuguese newspaper she WAS at the home of official suspect Robert Murat.
Officers claim traces of the missing four-year-old's hair and body fluids were found in at the Briton's villa.
The new allegations come as Mr Murat was due to be removed from the suspects' list after detectives failed to provide enough evidence to charge him.

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But according to sources quoted in the newspaper 24 Horas DNA samples found in his house was Madeleine's.

Detectives claimed they matched traces found in the hire car rented by the Kate and Gerry McCann 25 days after Madeleine disappeared.

Mr Murat,33, an Anglo-Portuguese who lives at his mother's rambling walled villa Casa Liliana, was arrested two weeks after the youngster vanished from her parents's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, 60 yards away.

He became the first and only official suspect in the case until Kate and Gerry, both 39, were named by Portugal's Justice Ministry six weeks ago.

Sources alleged Mr Murat did not return to the house after his arrest on May 14 on suspicion of havimg been involved in Madeleine's disappearance.

The tell-tale traces were reportedly discovered during searches between June 10 and August 4.

They explain why Portuguese police are refusing to drop their theory that Madeleine died in her parents' apartment and her body was hidden nearby until it could be removed from the area.

But Mr Murat's lawyer Francisco Pagarete insisted his client was innocent and would fight to clear his name.
He said: "My client is accused of a virtual crime.

"All he has done is to be a suspect in the early stages of the child's disappearance.

"I have read the statutes and there is no such crime."

Mr Murat will have a chance to clear his name next month.

Under Portugal's new penal code suspects cannot be held for more than six months without knowing details of the evidence against them.

Meanwhile new claims have been made that Gerry McCann organised a game of tennis in the days after his daughter Madeleine disappeared.


In an allegation likely to infuriate the McCanns, a waiter at the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Laz said Gerry and Kate were "very cool" after she vanished and seemed less upset than their friends.


The waiter said: "What we found really strange was Gerry, days after the little girl disappeared, calmly playing tennis. He played with an old couple from England.

"I thought that everybody else in the group seemed more upset and stressed and bothered than the parents.

"They were so cool about it. I never saw them cry or anything. They played tennis and went jogging.

"They didn't seem as distraught as their friends. If my kid disappeared I'd go insane. I wouldn't be able to function. They'd have to lock me away."

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-489408/Madeleines-DNA-Murats-house-police-claim.html
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A classic case of what you don't know - invent!

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“All we can do is try and keep public awareness high – and try and reach as much of that mountainous region outside the resort as we can.”

No actual searching then?
No interrogating the mccanns and chums even if the mccanns are your employers?

oh deary me, someone forgot how to copper.


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The rule of Secrecy of Justice explained


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By: JOÃO TABORDAHead of the litigation departmentNeville de Rougemont e Associados, Sociedade de AdvogadosTHE DISAPPEARANCE of four-year-old Madeleine McCann from her bed on Thursday, May 3, has touched us all in the past week.

Much has been said about the Polícia Judiciária’s (PJ) investigation, the searches conducted by the police and the rule of Secrecy of Justice.The principle of Secrecy of Justice and the role of the PJ can be better understood if we put them in the context of the Portuguese criminal legal system.Thanks to American television, most of us are familiar with the system of criminal investigation in the US, in which state criminal prosecutions are conducted by the District Attorney’s Office.This office has at its disposal a department of criminal specialists in investigation, who prepare the court case, gather information, interview suspects and witnesses and prepare the People’s case against the Defendant, which will eventually be distributed to a selected prosecutor to prosecute in court on behalf of the People.InvestigationIn general, this system is similar to the Portuguese one. In Portugal, when a crime occurs, it is reported to the police authorities, either the Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP) or the Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR).The criminal complaint, once received by the police, is investigated briefly and on a preliminary basis by the PSP or GNR and then it is immediately referred to the local Public Prosecutor’s Office.

From this moment on, the public prosecutor’s office takes full charge of the proceedings (much in the same way as the District Attorney’s Office in the US) and is assisted in its investigation by the PJ.The PSP, GNR and other security services can, in turn, be instructed by the PJ to assist in the investigation by, for example, conducting searches.No line of investigation or enquiry or search is performed by the PJ without the knowledge of the Public Prosecutor’s Office or without its permission or instruction.

A Criminal Investigation Judge supervises all these proceedings and authorises, judicially, all the acts and orders given by the Public Prosecutor to the PJ namely where an arrest or search warrant is necessary.The Secrecy of Justice rule applies only during the investigation of the crime. Article 86 of the Portuguese Criminal Procedure Code states that all parties to the investigation are bound by a duty of secrecy. This duty of secrecy applies to all those connected to the investigation and to all those who have obtained knowledge of the investigation from the commencement of the investigation to the moment that the proceedings become public.

Traditionally, the rule of Secrecy of Justice aims to guarantee the effectiveness of a criminal inquiry and a fair investigation and trial.More recently, this rule has been defended on the basis of the rights to privacy, to a good name and reputation of victims, defendants or other parties involved in criminal proceedings, and also on the basis of the presumption of innocence. For these reasons, the Portuguese Constitution includes under the chapter of Basic Rights the “Right to the Secrecy of Justice”.

The rule can also be justified on the basis of protecting the gathering of evidence. Third parties knowing of prospective police action in gathering evidence could lead to its destruction or to the tampering with such evidence.MediaThe rule allows the investigation to follow its course undisturbed and prevents witnesses being coerced by the suspect or material evidence being compromised; therefore it is extremely important at the initial stage of investigation.The principle of secrecy, to a larger or lesser degree, is in use in police forces around the world including the British police.

However, differences may lie in the way that other police forces, particularly in the US and the UK, use the media as a vehicle for spreading information with the objective of bringing new evidence to the investigation.The PJ, with authorisation of the Criminal Investigation Judge (JIC), can provide information to the media.  In addition, provision is made in Article 86 of the Portuguese Criminal Procedure Code for the PJ to provide the press with summary reports regarding the ongoing investigation specifically in order to prevent crime.ProtectiveAlso, it is not unusual for the PJ to ask for information through the media in particular cases.

However, each police investigation is unique and requires more or less secrecy to gather evidence and make arrests. This does no mean that the PJ is failing to release information to the public for the sake of it - it only means that some information must be gathered more discreetly than other information.Care must be taken that information which is released would not, for example, compromise an investigation by alerting perpetrators of the PJ’s intentions or potential course of action.Although the physical search for Madeleine has been scaled down, the detective work is still ongoing.

While the PJ may not have a media liaison department on the scale of the UK or US police, it has a good record in missing persons cases.The rule of secrecy of justice not only protects those who have been interviewed in the course of the investigation, particularly in such a high profile and emotive case such as this, but it also protects Madeleine’s parents from public scrutiny.

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Well well well, here's an excuse I've heard many a time - lost in translation..

Madeleine McCann: Possible translation errors

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Robert Murat was an official police translator in the first week



By Fiona Govan in Praia da Luz
2:16PM GMT 12 Nov 2007

Inconsistencies in the statements given by the McCanns and the group of friends who were dining with them at the time of Madeleine's disappearance may have been caused by errors in translation, it emerged today.

Portuguese detectives investigating the case of the missing four-year-old have admitted that they are reassessing the original witness statements to look for inaccuracies in their translation.

"In the early days of the investigation there were dozens of statements being given at what was a very confusing time," a police source said.

"Obviously the police acted in good faith in their selection of translators but given all that has been said about the various contradictions in the versions of events, detectives are now re-examining the possibility that there may have been some problems," he said.

The admission came as police undertake a thorough review of the case under the new head of the inquiry, Portugal's second most senior policeman Paulo Rebelo, 45.

He was brought in to take over from Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral, 47, who was sacked at the beginning of October, following a swathe of criticism that the police investigation had been flawed from the start.

Detectives are now said to be questioning the decision to use Robert Murat, 33, as an official police translator in the first crucial week after Madeleine disappeared.

The British ex-pat, who is bilingual, was made an arguido - or formal suspect - on May 14.

He was reportedly under police surveillance for at least a week during which time he was repeatedly called in to translate the statements of key witnesses, including staff and guests at the Ocean Club Resort in Praia da Luz.

Mr Murat's lawyer confirmed that his client had translated for police during that time.

"My client, on the request of police participated in various operations and was directly involved in the investigation," Francisco Pagarete told Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas.

"He swore a commitment of honour in Lagos court to do the translations. The reports that my client translated are being considered by the court and they were done under oath," he said.

It is unclear whether Mr Murat was directly involved in translating the statements of any of the so called Tapas Nine - the name given to the McCanns and the seven friends who dined with them on May 3 at their Algarve holiday complex.

Speaking about the development the McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "We will not comment on anything that goes to the heart of the investigation."

But he welcomed a police evaluation of the translation process.

"The translation of the statements during Kate and Gerry's interviews took a long time and it made the process far longer than it would otherwise have been.

"Whether there are mistakes or not, if the fact that police are re-evaluating this issue now is a sign they are thoroughly reviewing the case then we would welcome that.

"Kate and Gerry have always said there are innocent explanations for any alleged inconsistencies in their statements because they are innocent."

Mr Mitchell also issued a strong denial that there was "a pact of silence" over what happened that night following claims that some of the Tapas Nine had felt pressurised by the McCann lobby.

A Spanish newspaper yesterday reported that a lawyer representing one of the friends of the McCanns said his client had felt he had to "keep quiet".

The unnamed lawyer told El Mundo: "My client feels obliged to keep silent about what he can do to help the investigation, and not because of the Portuguese secrecy laws."

"It's not that he is scared of the McCanns, but the economic and political lobby surrounding the couple is truly frightening to anybody," he said.

The lawyer said he had been asked by his client to contact Portuguese police to arrange to be re-interviewed.

"The intention of my client is to bring to light the truth of this sad story, without any concern for who might be implicated," he allegedly said.

But Mr Mitchell dismissed the report as "speculative" and "utter rubbish".

"All of Kate and Gerry's friends speak as one, they have one lawyer and he has certainly not put out any statements on their behalf.

"None of the group have asked to change their stories and none have expressed any worries about being suppressed.

"From the very start they have said they would be willing, in fact keen, to discuss their statements with the police, and they remain so.

"To suggest that there is some kind of political pressure on the group to stay quiet is outrageous," he said.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1569143/Madeleine-McCann-Possible-translation-errors.html

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Judge extends Madeleine secrecy

14th May 2008

A Portuguese judge overseeing the Madeleine McCann inquiry has extended judicial secrecy by a further three months, court officials have confirmed.


The files would otherwise have been open for consultation from Thursday by those involved in the case, including Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry.

They are formal suspects, as is Briton Robert Murat, but all deny involvement.

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Kate and Gerry McCann and were officially named suspects in September


Secrecy rules loosened

The decision by the judge, which was widely expected, follows a request from prosecutors in the case.

It means that neither the formal suspects in the case nor other interested parties, including the media, can gain access to details of the investigations until mid-August.

Most Portuguese legal experts are reported to believe that legislation that took effect last year, loosening Portugal's strict secrecy rules, will not permit yet another extension.

The McCanns were officially named suspects, known in Portugal as being given "arguido" status, in September.

They launched a new campaign for information ahead of the first anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.

They had also called on Portuguese detectives to open their files, so they could find out what leads were being pursued.

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Original Source:   PEOPLE: SUNDAY 13 MAY 2007


13 May 2007 Rachael Bletchly In Praia Da Luz



 

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MUM & DAD'S VIGIL FOR SNATCHED HOLIDAY TOT LOCALS APPLAUD THEM ON DAY SHE TURNS FOUR
 
MISSING Madeleine McCann's parents put on brave smiles yesterday as an emotional church service helped them cope with their agony.
At times during the weekend, distraught mum Kate clutched a rag doll she had bought for the tot's fourth birthday - but never got the chance to hand over.

And dad Gerry spoke of a "tidal wave" of devastation caused by her abduction ten days ago. What should have been a day of joy was agony as her family waited for news on the kidnapped little girl.

Maddie should have been blowing out candles on her Dr Who cake. But the only candles flickering were at sombre vigils for her.

Kate and Gerry, both 38, drew huge comfort from mass at the church in Praia da Luz, Portugal, where they were on holiday when Maddie vanished.
Gerry told villagers who have given heartwarming support: "We are looking forward to the day when Madeleine returns to us as a joyous one. We believe that we will see Madeleine soon and she will be safe and well and we will continue to hope."
 
As they left they were greeted by children holding balloons and a crowd of villagers, who applauded them.

Mr McCann told the congregation: "Today we should be celebrating the fourth birthday of our daughter Madeleine.
"Instead we have had to remember what a normal, beautiful, vivacious, funny, courageous and loving little girl that we are missing today.
"I like to think about the effects of Madeleine's abduction from us nine days ago like a tidal wave. The devastation which was tremendous was greatest for Kate and me."

And he added: "The devastation affects everyone we meet here in the resort and has affected this community.

"The tidal wave did not stop here, it has travelled many miles across Europe, across the sea to Glasgow, Liverpool, Leicester, Ireland, America, Canada, New Zealand and continental Europe, where we have many friends and family."
Gerry also spoke movingly of the "tremendous outpouring of warmth" from people in Portuguese.
GP Kate has lost almost a stone in weight since Maddie was abducted and is unable to eat properly or sleep without sedatives. She looked frail, gaunt and haggard yesterday.

At an earlier service, the couple followed a Portuguese tradition of wearing green and carrying green branches to the 16th Century church as a sign of hope.

Local mechanic Pedro Melo, 25, explained: "We want Madeleine's parents to know how much we care. We feel like crying for them. Their pain must be so great."
 
A picture of Maddie, whose face can be seen on lamp posts and in shop windows across the town, was pinned near the altar - set in a red heart.
As the service neared its end, a single piece of green string was passed through the crowd right to the back of the church until everyone was holding it - uniting them with the McCanns.
 
Back in the UK Maddie's relatives and family friends were also anxiously awaiting news.
A party in Glasgow planned for her birthday by uncle and aunt John and Philomena was put on hold. John, 48 said: "There was no point in having a birthday party without Madeleine - but the party has only been postponed, not cancelled.
 
"We are going to have it when she comes back and then it will be a massive party."
Philomena, 43, spent the day handing out 15,000 posters to football fans outside Glasgow's Celtic Park ground, hoping to jog the memory of supporters who may have visited Portugal.
 
Maddie's grandparents in Liverpool, Brian and Susan Healey, told last night how they were "storming heaven" for her. Susan, 61, said: "Please God she will be back to blow her birthday candles out. She loved to blow out candles.
"It is hard for everybody but with the help of our friends it's possible to keep going. We have to keep Madeleine in the spotlight, we have to have Madeleine brought home."
 
Brian, 67, pleaded to Maddie's kidnappers: "Please just bring her home. The support we have had is immense. We are storming heaven trying to find her." Friends in Liverpool have tied yellow ribbons and pink balloons to their fences. The village square inRothley, Leics, where the McCanns live, has become a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of people wanting to show support.
The war memorial has been decorated with a thousand yellow ribbons. Next to it stands a 3ft pink and white rabbit, flanked by dozens of teddy bears. Among the hundreds of scrawled notes were many from children, not much older than Maddie.
 
One from Alex, eight, and Cameron, five, read: "We are thinking about you on your birthday and hoping you will come home safely. Hope you get to cuddle the teddy soon."
 
Staff at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital, where Gerry is a cardiologist and at Kate's GP surgery in Melton Mowbray have held vigils.
 
The McCanns arrived back at their resort apartment at 4pm yesterday after spending the day with their twins Sean and Amelie, two, in a brave bid to carry on as normally as possible. Amelie was carrying a red balloon. Kate hugged Sean, who was carrying a green balloon. Gerry smiled and paused for photographs and kissed Amelie gently as they walked into the apartment.
Last night Kate arrived for Mass clutching a blanket from her missing daughter's bed. She was wearing shorts and a yellow top and held Maddie's Cuddle Cat tightly as she held her husband's hand. Green and yellow ribbons have been tied to the church doors - green the Portuguese symbol of hope and yellow in remembrance of missing Maddie.
 
Chancellor Gordon Brown expressed his sympathy for Maddie's parents.
At a meeting in Gillingham, Kent, the PM-in-waiting said: "Every parent will be sympathising in their hour of need."
Hundreds of ex-pat Brits gathered in Praia da Luz yesterday to tie yellow ribbons wherever they could in support.
 
The railings in front of their holiday complex were covered in the colourful tributes, alongside bunches of yellow flowers and cuddly toys.
Claire Borges, originally from Banbury, Oxfordshire, said: "We feel like we've been hit in the stomach. Every day you pray for good news."
Today is a Portuguese religious holiday known as Miracle Day - in which the faithful pray for lost causes.
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From ANTONELLA LAZZERI, in Portimao, Portugal Published: 04 Mar 2010
 
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THIS little girl's rag doll could have been given to Madeleine McCann by those who snatched her, investigators believe.
The cuddly plaything was among evidence suggesting Maddie was held at a remote house - but Portuguese cops abandoned the line of inquiry.
Private detectives hired by the missing tot's parents Kate and Gerry found the white bungalow in an orange orchard outside Silves, Portugal, after trailing a woman seen earlier with a Maddie lookalike.
They staked the place out and spotted the doll and a child's drawing.
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Portuguese police on the Maddie case were tipped off, but the McCanns camp claim they did not fully investigate.
A source close to the McCanns said yesterday: "This is one of the strongest leads there's been in the hunt for Maddie.
"There was credible evidence at the orchard that needed proper investigation by the Portuguese - that never happened."
The private investigation began after British tourist Jean Godwin, 56, contacted the Find Madeleine hotline.
She reported seeing two woman with a girl she was "100 per cent sure" was Maddie in Carvoeiro on September 7, 2008.
Mrs Godwin, of Widnes, Cheshire, said the women were holding the hands of a "gaunt" little girl, who was wearing a "black wig to disguise her fair hair".
She was struck by the large irises in the girl's eyes - a feature of Maddie in photos.
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Also a woman was seen passing a child in a blanket to a man in a car on May 5, 2007 - in Silves.
Retired care worker Mrs Godwin confirmed Mr Albino was one of the women she saw from a photo.
The photo was also shown to British witnesses who saw a couple acting suspiciously near the McCanns' holiday apartment. Several identified Mrs Albino.
Teacher Jorge Vitorino Cabral Martins - who was seen meeting Mrs Albino at the orchard property several times - was also placed in Praia da Luz by several witnesses.
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McCann investigators saw Mr Martins discard a "child's drawing done by someone aged four to five". They also photographed the rag doll on the front seat of his white Citroen Berlingo van.
During a surveillance operation, Mr Martins was seen shopping for clothes and shoes for a little girl.
Neither he nor his girlfriend Maria Alice dos Santos Silveira have young children or grandchildren.
McCann 'tecs visited the Silves house pretending to be buyers. They were convinced the other woman seen with the girl was inside but no one answered.
Dave Edgar, head of the inquiry team, sent a report to Portuguese cops. It lies, with more than 50 other sightings of Maddie, in a dossier filed away at a police HQ.
It was obtained by The Sun and revealed yesterday.
Media Mayhem - MCCANN MEDIA NONSENSE OF THE DAY - Page 22 Sun-4-3-10-mbm
Cops confronted Mrs Albino, who denied being the woman Mrs Godwin saw. A police report states: "Nothing of interest was found."
Martins and Silveira denied having anything to do with Maddie's abduction.
He said the doll was given to him by his students. Mrs Silveira said the drawing had belonged to her 28-year-old daughter.
That was as far as the police took the matter. But the McCann team are still working on the lead. The child's drawing has been sent off for forensic analysis.
Kate and Gerry, both 41, of Rothley, Leics, insist they will never give up looking for their daughter.
The source added: "After Dave Edgar sent his report to the Portuguese police our investigators heard nothing more.
"It is now clear from the files that very little was done to rule these people out as suspects.
"But it was very significant information and remains an open investigation."
  A WOMAN whose possible sighting of Maddie at a store in Dunedin, New Zealand, was revealed by The Sun yesterday has been interviewed again by police.
Checkout worker Taryn Dryfhout is angry she was not asked the questions before. She said: "They wanted descriptions of the people and how they paid. I'm sure it was Maddie. She was very afraid."
The girl was snapped on store CCTV in December 2007.
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