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Post by Verdi on 06.01.20 14:30

'Finding Madeleine McCann is almost impossible,' says top cop as he blasts decision to give extra money to search

Colin Sutton has claimed the young girl could be buried in one of 600 wells near Praia da Luz in Portugal


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Charlotte Neal

  • 09:00, 3 APR 2018

A top cop has blasted the extra £100,000 funding for the Madeleine McCann search operation - he thinks finding her is "almost impossible".

Colin Sutton, who turned down the chance to lead the inquiry into Maddie's disappearance, told a documentary her corpse could be buried in one of 600 ancient wells in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

Madeleine went missing from an apartment there aged three in 2007, and Mr Sutton says police stand little chance of finding her now.

Forensic scientist Professor David Barclay also claimed the area is "the easiest place to hide a body" he had ever visited.

Mr Sutton said investigators searching for the young girl face a "thankless task".

"It's almost impossible without specific intelligence that would allow you to focus on a specific area," he claimed, adding the only hope of finding her is if someone who knew what happened told police.

"It would be very easy to secrete something there and be very confident it wouldn't be found," he added.

The new information emerged in an Australian documentary on Channel 7 this weekend.

Madeleine vanished from the holiday apartment on May 3 2007 while her parents Kate and Gerry McCann were out for a meal at a nearby tapas restaurant.

They've never given up hope that she could be found alive - she'd now be aged nearly 15.

In February the Daily Mirror revealed the Kate and Gerry McCann have raised £728,508 through a 'Find Maddie Fund' which could be used to fund private investigators.

The cash in the Find Maddie Fund - made up mainly of public donations and profits from Kate’s bestseller book - has grown over the past financial year, according to the latest accounts.

If Operation Grange, launched in May 2011, is shelved the McCanns have vowed to continue the search themselves.

Family spokesperson Clarence Mitchell said: “The Met Police will put in a further request for funds if they feel work still needs to be done.

“Money in the Madeleine Fund gives Kate and Gerry the option to pick up their own inquiries again, if they choose, with private investigators.”

Just days ago, the Home Office approved a further £100,000 could be added to the £11million already spent on the investigation.

Government funding for Operation Grange has been agreed every six months, with £154,000 being granted from October last year until the end of March.

It is believed that the latest round of funding will be as much as £150,000 and a Home Office spokesman said: “The Government remains committed to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

“We have briefed the Metropolitan Police Service that its application for special grant funding for Operation Grange will be granted.”

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann were “incredibly grateful” to the Home Office for granting the money request.

He said: “They are very encouraged that the Met Police still believe there is work left to be done and they are incredibly grateful to the Home Office for providing an extra budget for the investigation.”

Last year, detectives said a "critical line of inquiry" was being pursued.

Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have vowed never to give up hope of finding their daughter.


https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/finding-madeleine-mccann-almost-impossible-12294387

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Post by Guest on 06.01.20 14:52

If the Find Madeleine Fund has such an amount of money and her parents vowed to find their daughter, they also must be aware that an abductor killed and buried her in the area, not only the parish of Luz, but also in the parish of Aljezur.

600 or more ancient wells, other possible spots. 

If they don’t want to use money from the fund to create a new search after almost 13 years possible, then they have something to hide.

Maybe a good reason for those who donated money to urge the parents to do what they vowed. 

This unsolved crime can be solved. The impossible doesn’t exist.
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Post by Verdi on 10.01.20 15:17

Anguished parents struggle in sea of despair

May 15, 2007 — 10.00am

HOLLOW-CHEEKED and red-eyed, Kate McCann grips her husband's hand tightly as she faces the television cameras. In her other hand she holds Cuddle Cat, her missing daughter Madeleine's favourite toy. "We are remaining positive. We still believe Madeleine will return to us," she says, her fingernails digging ever deeper into the pink, furry cat.

Her face tells a different story. Mrs McCann, a 38-year-old GP, is a woman tormented: a mother whose anguish knows no depths.

It has been 12 days since four-year-old Madeleine was snatched while she slept, tucked between her twin siblings, at her parents' holiday apartment in Portugal.

A lacklustre police investigation has seemingly made little progress in finding her, making the plight of her parents, forced to live out their anguish in public, all the worse.

Since her daughter's kidnap on the night of May 3, Mrs McCann has grown ever more gaunt, her frail frame stooped from her burden of grief. She appears on the verge of collapse.

Throughout the vigil that she and her husband, Gerry, a cardiologist, have endured, she has carried Cuddle Cat constantly. Pinning it to her handbag, twisting it through trembling fingers.

"Kate will be able to smell Madeleine on it," says Susan Healy, her mother. "That is why she cannot put it down."

Tragically for Mrs McCann, there is little else from which she can draw solace. Or hope.

Two streets away, behind the gleaming whitewashed apartment in Praia da Luz, where the McCanns were on a week-long holiday with Madeleine and their two-year-old twins, Amelie and Sean, two silver vans sit parked. Inside, locked in separate steel cages, four Alsatian sniffer dogs growl and bark in the midday heat. There is no sign of their green-uniformed handlers, officers from Portugal's Algarve Search and Rescue Dog team. They are down on the seafront, shopping for T-shirts.

Were it not for their uniforms they, too, might be on vacation. Instead, they are part of a 180-strong police search for the McCanns' daughter. But their shambolic, haphazard modus operandi symbolises the inept and bumbling investigation that represents the Portuguese authorities' efforts to find the toddler.

The police are wildly out of their depth, claiming that the rigidity of Portuguese law prevents them from disclosing any information. Olegario Sousa, their chief inspector, speaks English, but he rarely ventures more than one well-rehearsed speech. To every question he responds: "That is an aspect of the investigation we cannot talk about. It is the law, you know."

The police refuse to confirm reports of suspects, but neither will they deny them. Thus, this emotional and highly charged search for a missing child has become punctuated with endless red herrings and speculation.

Their ineptitude is, perhaps, inevitable: Praia da Luz is not a place one would expect a child kidnap. The village may be in Portugal, six kilometres from Lagos on the Algarve's south-western coast, but it could just as easily be south-east England in the 1950s.

The retired English middle classes have migrated here to re-create an image of a Britain that no longer exists, with its narrow cobbled streets, jammed with whitewashed apartments and quaint tea shops and boutiques. One rarely sees the Portuguese, especially not young people.

The gentle pace and child-friendly reputation of Praia da Luz convinced the McCanns that it was the ideal spot for a holiday.

It was five days into their break, at 10pm on May 3, that the nightmare began and this ordinary family was pitched into a maelstrom. From happy poolside holidaymakers, they have become the central characters in a bewildering, heartbreaking story of danger and despair.

Much has been made of the fact that the McCanns were only metres from their children and could see their apartment from the dinner table of the resort's tapas restaurant. But that is just not so. The McCanns' flat was outside the complex and, crucially, outside its security doors. Only the top of their accommodation could be glimpsed from the restaurant.

To check on the children, they had to leave the complex by the security doors, turn left up a main road, climb the back stairs of their end-of-row flat, go in through the rear french windows, which they had left unlocked, and walk to the front of the apartment where their children slept. That room overlooks a car park and another main road.

Their decision to leave the children alone, one that has astonished the Portuguese community, has been criticised. It is one, too, that Madeleine's devastated parents will be regretting with all their hearts. For Kate McCann's family, many of whom flew out to Portugal after the abduction, that criticism has been hard to bear.

"I have sat at that table, I know how diligent Kate and Gerry were about checking the children," Mrs Healy said. "They knew immediately that Madeleine had been taken, that she hadn't just wandered off. But it was difficult to get that across to the Portuguese police initially."

The McCanns raised the alarm when they found their daughter missing, but, while police responded quickly, they were not convinced she had been kidnapped. They neglected to protect the crime scene, allowing access to cleaners and failing to fingerprint the McCanns, so that their prints could be eliminated, until the following Monday.

As the family waited fearfully for news, they faced the agonising reality of trying to explain to their toddler twins why their big sister was no longer there.

"That was terrible for them," says John McCann, Mr McCann's elder brother, who has also travelled to Portugal to help search for his niece.

"Kate dressed Amelie in her sister's pyjamas and the baby said: 'Maddy's jammies. Where is Maddy?' But she is too young to understand. And how do you explain? All we know is that Madeleine needs her family. She loves us, we love her. It is time for her to come home."

That hope is becoming ever harder to sustain.

While the Portuguese police tried, initially, to play down the sickening prospect that an organised pedophile ring may have taken her, or that she has become another victim of the child-trafficking trade - stolen to order for a childless couple - with every passing day, those fears become more real.

Telegraph, London

https://www.smh.com.au/world/anguished-parents-struggle-in-sea-of-despair-20070515-gdq519.html?page=3

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Post by Blackpied on 10.01.20 15:57

I don't buy newspapers anymore and never will,I don't understand
how the disgusting McCanns and others can tell a newspaper what
to print,my head starts spinning when I read the obvious lies in the
"story"above,damn them.
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Post by sandancer on 10.01.20 17:34

" Hollow cheeked and red eyed , gaunt , on the verge of collapse " 

Maybe that was all from her run the previous day ? Sand got in her eyes ?

The one where she martyrs herself -" Madeleine had suffered , so must I " 

They must all be avid readers of Barbara Cartland and Mills and Boon ! 

sick    aaagh

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Post by Verdi on 10.01.20 23:53

"Kate will be able to smell Madeleine on it," says Susan Healy, her mother. "That is why she cannot put it down."

Says Susan Healy - her mother! Has she forgotten how many times cuddlecat went through the wash for whatever reason?

Kate washed the Cuddle Cat five days after Madeleine went missing saying it was smeared with sand and sun cream.

Gerry's sister Philomena said it was cleaned again two months ago because it was filthy after being carried around.

Police sources questioned Kate's decision to wash the toy so soon after Madeleine's standby to receive fresh samples. Kate washed the Cuddle Cat five days after Madeleine disappeared, saying it was smeared with sand and sun cream.

Philomena said it was cleaned again two months ago because it was filthy after being carried around.

Police sources questioned Kate's decision to wash the toy so soon. A former Scotland Yard detective said: "It's the last thing I'd expect a mother who is devastated at losing her child to do."


https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-want-mccanns-diary-and-laptop-505602

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You can't/shouldn't cling on to one media report because it suits your mindset. It's all nonsense!

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Post by Verdi on 11.01.20 11:47

Tom Towers of the Daily Tablet, is regurgitating the mystic Fia Johansson story - again!

Madeleine McCann’s ‘new family don’t know her true identity or history’, psychic claims

Psychic Fia Johansson – who has reportedly worked with US law enforcement agencies on missing person cases – believes Maddie is alive and well
ByTom TowersNews Reporter

08:26, 11 JAN 2020

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/madeleine-mccanns-new-family-dont-21257400

Parrp!!! Someone fetch the bilge pump.

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Post by CaKeLoveR on 11.01.20 13:48

This 'new family' must live several galaxies away.
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Post by peter64 on 11.01.20 23:59

As this case has come this far maybe as a last ditch effort, all the world's "best" psychics should come in and do a reading. There is very little anyone can do otherwise. We can only seem to hope something comes to light. So cold now.The Americans appear to have much success with psychics if one is to believe the cases on YouTube.
My biggest struggle with this case is that they are medical staff who know all about DNA,evidence and sterile fields- Never, ever contaminate a crime scene. They knew she was taken so why did they do this? It beggars belief.
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Post by Verdi on 23.01.20 0:45

Does this startling theory reveal what REALLY happened to Madeleine McCann?

INVESTIGATIVE journalist Mark Williams-Thomas has revealed an intriguing new theory on what he believes really happened to Madeleine McCann


By Kayleigh Giles

PUBLISHED: 05:21, Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Speaking on This Morning today, the reporter - who visited the Praia da Luz, Algarve, resort three days after Madeleine’s disappearance in 2007 - raised concerns about the still unsolved case.

"It’s such a well trodden story by so many and such a difficult story to tell now because there so many legal implications," he told co-hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

"On the morning of Madeleine’s disappearance, we do know she went to [her parents] Gerry and Kate and said, 'Where were you last night?""

He continued: "Because we know the twins did wake up on days prior to her disappearance. And I think as a result of that, Madeleine was clearly aware they were in the tapas bar that was in the resort.

    I believe Madeleine McCann woke up in the middle of the night.

   Mark Williams-Thomas
"Now the interesting element is that in order to get to the tapas bar you had to actually come out of the premises and walk on a public road to go back in again.

"And that raises concerns I have in regards to Madeleine. I believe she woke up in the middle of the night, she went looking for Gerry and Kate and she left the apartment and went out."

The journalist went on to claim: "The patio door at the back was insecure," and added that the family’s room didn’t have air conditioning despite the heat.

Phillip then told Mark: "Legally we have to leave it there."

Madeleine, who would now have been 13-years-old, vanished from an apartment in Praia da Luz at the age of three.

Her parents Gerry and Kate are believed to have been out eating at a nearby restaurant at the time of her disappearance.

So far the inquiry, which has explored dozens of theories about what happened to Madeleine, has cost more than £12 million.

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/770257/Madeleine-McCann-This-Morning-Mark-Williams-Thomas-ITV
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Showbiz sums it up nicely - not an element of truth anywhere to be seen.

People like Mark Williams-Thomas and Colin Sutton are a liability, they do more harm than good with their constant interference.  How is it possible the McCanns could ever be tried by a court of law without the process being halted by shouts of unfair trial?

They had that worked out the moment they alerted the media about the 'abduction' of their three year old daughter on the night of 3rd/4th May 2007 and they've been working hard to secure their freedom ever since.

There is an age old saying .... 'it's not what you know but who you know'  Job done!



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Post by crusader on 23.01.20 11:01

He was on the Jeremy Vine show yesterday saying the same thing. Pity no one asked him about the jemmied window blinds.

I wonder what significance the air conditioning remark has, if any that he mentioned on This Morning.
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Post by Verdi on 23.01.20 12:01

The interview is so incredibly crass, last night I tried to locate the video just to be sure he hadn't been misquoted - so often the case with tabloid reports I'm given to understand.

But to be getting on with, until confirmation is at hand, one or three quotes to dissect..

'the reporter - who visited the Praia da Luz, Algarve, resort three days after Madeleine’s disappearance in 2007'

[Reporter? He's not a reporter - he's an ex- police officer - or as the UK said of Snr Amaral, a disgraced cop!]

'It’s such a well trodden story by so many and such a difficult story to tell now because there so many legal implications


[What legal implications? The fact that the McCanns and their team threaten to sue anyone who dares speak out about the lies and deception?]

'we do know she went to [her parents] Gerry and Kate and said, 'Where were you last night?


[We don't know anything of the kind. We only know what the McCanns and their adherents have told us]

"Because we know the twins did wake up on days prior to her disappearance. And I think as a result of that, Madeleine was clearly aware they were in the tapas bar that was in the resort.

[Why would Madeleine be clearly aware her parents were at the Tapas Bar? Because the twins did wake up on days prior to her disappearance, or because she was a three year old child blessed with the wisdom of an elder?]

"The patio door at the back was insecure," and added that the family’s room didn’t have air conditioning despite the heat.

[It wasn't hot, it was cold. The patio door was insecure because the parents McCann said so. Air conditioning i don\'t know ]

The bloke's lost the plot, if he ever had any grasp on it in the first place. Why do they even bother to give him studio space?

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Post by Blackpied on 23.01.20 12:05

Ditto Verdi.
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Post by crusader on 23.01.20 17:48

Kayleigh Giles is a freelance T V and showbiz reporter. She was reporting on Mark Williams Thomas who was on This Morning with Phil & Holly.

He said he was in Portugal within 3 days, he said it was very very warm there. There was no air conditioning in the apartment and the back door was insecure.

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/770257/Madeleine-McCann-This-Morning-Mark-Williams-Thomas-ITV
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Post by Verdi on 23.01.20 21:11

According to the Express report he also said ....

'I believe she woke up in the middle of the night, she went looking for Gerry and Kate and she left the apartment and went out."


So, a three year old child woke in the night, realised her parents weren't around so found the patio door in the dark, opened it (for it was closed but unlocked - apparently), left by the steep stone steps with safety (?) gate and then wandered into the dark en-route for the Tapas Bar because she knew her parents would be there.

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She was then abducted/kidnapped/stolen by a stranger who just happened to be in the vicinity at the same time as the great escape - not a trace, never to be seen or heard of to this very day?

I look forward to the book when it's published.

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Post by Verdi Today at 0:46

Madeleine McCann: 'I listened for 15 seconds and knew they were innocent’

A wealthy British businessman was moved to help search for Madeleine McCann after her parents Kate and Gerry became suspects

By Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

7:05AM BST 10 Sep 2014

Gerry and Kate McCann never ceased doing what they could to move forward the investigation – which they saw as stalled – into Madeleine’s disappearance. They held, always, to the belief that their daughter could still be alive.

When they returned to the UK from Portugal in September 2007, Gerry insisted it did not mean they were giving up their search for her. ''As parents we cannot give up on our daughter until we know what has happened.”

Three days later, someone who was to be of great and lasting assistance to them got in touch. Brian Kennedy, a wealthy British businessman, had been following events as they unwound in Portugal and wanted to help.

“I was incredulous,” he told us. “I’d been losing all hope and faith in human nature. I had been asking myself, 'How is this possible?’ [Kate] is grieving. My instincts were telling me there was a great injustice being done. I called my lawyer and said, 'I want you to reach out to these poor folks and see if we can help them’.”

Kennedy, the Scottish-born, Cheshire-based son of a window cleaner, then aged 47, had leapfrogged from trainee accountant to a management role in a kitchen-equipment company, then to the mobile-phone business, double-glazing and plastics. By 2007 his net worth as head of his company, Latium Enterprises, was said to be £250 million.

An experiment with retirement had driven him “nuts” and he was back in the business fray. When he began talking about trying to help the McCanns, friends and colleagues told him not to get involved, that his intervention would end in tears. “What,” he recalled someone saying, “if the parents turn out to be guilty?”

“I remember replying, 'What happens if they’re innocent?’ Can you imagine the horror of losing your daughter… and then the world turning against you and accusing you of being responsible for her murder? Is it not bad enough, the terror, the agony they are going through? I could understand it – I’ve got five kids. I told my lawyer, 'If you feel they’re innocent, then we’ll get behind them and help them’.”

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ooops Awkward!

His lawyer made contact with the McCanns and they met Kennedy in London. “Within 15 seconds of listening to Kate,” he said, “I made a decision, using all the emotional intelligence one builds up over many years. I was 100 per cent convinced of their total innocence. I told them that, one, we would find a top Portuguese lawyer to defend them, and get them off as arguidos [the McCanns had been designated “named suspects” by the Portuguese authorities days before they returned to England]. Two, we’d do everything in our power to influence the public’s perspective and views. And, three, we’d support them in setting up some private investigators … The Portuguese police had stopped investigating. It was urgent to get some other guys on to it.”

Top-level legal help was found in Portugal. At Kennedy’s bidding and at his expense, Clarence Mitchell – a government adviser who had previously acted as the McCanns’ spokesman in Praia da Luz, the holiday resort from where Madeleine had disappeared – quit his Whitehall job and came back on-board.

Kennedy prefers not to reveal how much he spent on helping the McCanns, beyond saying that there were “substantial” outgoings – principally legal and media-related costs. Stephen Winyard, the owner of Stobo Castle Spa, in Peebleshire, and Sir Richard Branson also contributed. However, it was Madeleine’s Fund – the not-for-profit company established to find her in 2007, the board of which Kennedy’s then lawyer joined – that would, in time, deal with the cost of private investigators, once that effort went into high gear.

Present at Kennedy’s first meeting with the McCanns in London were representatives of Control Risks, a firm specialising in security and crisis management. It had already sent detectives to Portugal to see the couple right after Madeleine’s disappearance, at the expense of an anonymous donor whose identity has never been revealed.

Kate McCann had not enjoyed that first encounter. One of the Control Risk operatives was a mysterious figure who introduced himself only as “Hugh”. He was one of the many former intelligence officers the company employed, and a main part of his role now was as a potential kidnap negotiator. Kate, already distraught, had not liked the James Bond atmosphere he brought with him. Besides, there would never be anybody other than hoaxers with whom to negotiate.

As the McCanns’ renewed use of Control Risks began to be mentioned in the press, noises of disapproval came from Portugal. “You cannot have private detectives intervening in criminal cases,” sniffed Carlos Anjos, head of the Polícia Judiciária’s union. The McCanns resolved to go ahead, motivated by advice Gerry had noted during a research trip to the US earlier that summer.

A document issued by the US Justice Department for use by parents of missing children, The Family Survival Guide, recommended considering using private detectives if they could “do something better or different than what is being done by law enforcement”. Given what they saw as the fiasco of the Portuguese police probe, the McCanns nurtured that hope.

“I had no experience at all with private detectives,” Kennedy remembered. “But the way you run a business is all about surrounding yourself with people who understand industries that you don’t understand.” He initially hired two former Metropolitan Police detectives, and in late September decided to follow up a rumour that Madeleine might have been sighted in Morocco. Kennedy and the detectives, who flew out aboard his private jet, hired a Moroccan tourist guide to accompany them to the mountain village where it was reported the missing girl might be. She was not there, but the guide – promised a reward – subsequently spoke of having travelled vast distances circulating Madeleine’s picture. “If I find her,” he said, “I will be rich. I have been promised I will never have to work again – maybe a million pounds.”

“I suppose,” Kennedy said later “we had been looking for low-hanging fruit. After a few weeks, though, we decided we needed to go about it in a very professional way.”

Brian Kennedy had set a potentially useful process in motion. Months earlier, the Portuguese police had produced a poor drawing of the man the McCanns’ friend, Jane Tanner, had seen carrying a child near the holiday apartment in which the McCanns had been staying on the night Madeleine vanished. Now, in England, a British forensic sketch artist took on the job of extracting more and relevant information from Tanner. This fresh image got major media coverage – raising the possibility of new leads.

Kennedy then cast around for suitable private investigators to hire, and picked Método 3, a Spanish company. The agency’s claims included having located 23 missing children and teenagers. Given that it was not legitimate for investigators to work for the McCanns in Portugal while the police probe was still under way, it was hoped that Método 3 – with its knowledge of the region and its connections in Spain – might prove effective.

It seemed, briefly, that the private detectives could also rebuild bridges with the Portuguese Polícia Judiciária. At the request of the head of Spain’s anti-kidnapping unit, two PJ officers met Método 3 operatives. But the points the private detectives raised did not interest the Portuguese.

Método 3 followed up on a vast number of potential openings in the hunt for Madeleine. Nothing tangible resulted, but they made some startling statements that kept the case in the public eye. “We are 100 per cent sure,” their boss, Francisco Marco, told the American network CBS, “that she is alive. We know the kidnapper. We know who he is and how he has done it.” On the BBC’s Panorama programme, he said: “We are very close to finding the kidnappers.” Then, in early December, he announced: “We believe she is in an area not very far from the Iberian peninsula and North Africa. And we have a fairly certain idea who she is with.”

No facts emerged, however, to back up these claims. According to The Daily Telegraph, a source close to the McCanns said the couple had begun to think “they might have been sold a pup”. A veteran Spanish police detective was derisive. Método 3 would solve the case, he said, “cuando las ranas crecen los pelos” – “when frogs grow hair”.

As the months slipped by, the McCanns made a move they were to regret. A contract was agreed with Oakley International, a US-based company described by a source close to the couple as being apparently “absolutely the best, but extremely secretive”. Oakley was said to employ former FBI, CIA and US Special Forces personnel. It was reportedly agreed that Madeleine’s Fund would pay the company £500,000 under a three-stage contract – with more to come should Madeleine be found alive.

The McCanns and Kennedy at first got the impression that Oakley was doing its job. Its investigators appeared to be collating and following up information that came in as a response to the parents’ appeals, and were conducting covert interviews in Portugal.

But it later emerged that hundreds of calls to a dedicated hotline were never checked by Oakley. Tapes of interviews conducted in Portugal were said to be useless, involving people irrelevant to the case. Specialists used by Oakley began to find that their bills went unpaid. An undertaking to deliver satellite images of Praia da Luz on the night of May 3, 2007, when Madeleine had disappeared, resulted only in pictures grabbed from Google Earth. With little or no real progress, and as funds continued to haemorrhage, Brian Kennedy called time.

Oakley’s boss Kevin Halligen, it turned out, was a fraud. After his involvement in the Madeleine case, Halligen was arrested in the UK in connection with charges relating to a trading company fraud, and extradited to the United States. He was convicted there on the fraud matter, then deported to Europe.

“The Oakley episode went sort of sweet and sour,” Kennedy told us. “There were genuine guys breaking their back, trying to make a breakthrough. The lion’s share was spent on the investigation, despite what the newspapers say… [But] it all ended in tears.”

It was a major setback, but Kennedy and the McCanns did not give up. On the recommendation of the head of Manchester’s Serious Crime Squad, they went on to hire an experienced former senior police officer, David Edgar. He put in much arduous, systematic work – and held the fort until 2011, when, following an appeal to David Cameron, Scotland Yard began investigating. The dossier the McCanns’ private detectives had gathered was passed to the Yard, and its probe continues today – as Operation Grange.

'Looking For Madeleine’ by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan (Headline, £18.99) is available from Telegraph Books for £16.99 + £1.95 p&p (0844 871 1514 or visit books.telegraph.co.uk)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/11077525/Madeleine-McCann-I-listened-for-15-seconds-and-knew-they-were-innocent.html
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Well, shiver me timbers affraid  ! Shame on you Messrs Telegarph bignono

I seriously don't know whether to laugh  or cry3 .

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