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Post by Dutchgirl on 18.06.14 13:41

I havent seen this before  - mods please delete if necessary.

A BLOODY footprint was found in Kate and Gerry McCann's apartment matching a print on their hire car, according to a forensic report.
The existence of the two marks, revealed for the first time yesterday in English newspaper The Mail on Sunday, is believed to be at the heart of renewed suspicion the couple were involved in their daughter's disappearance.

New tests carried out at the Forensic Science Service laboratory in Birmingham show there is a "moderate" chance the blood belonged to Madeleine. But the results are inconclusive.

The report comes as Portuguese police conducted new searches around the holiday resort where the child was last seen.

The inquiry into the four-year-old's disappearance has been rife with conjecture and speculation over DNA.

And, until now, confusion has surrounded what samples had been found and how important they might be.

Part of the report reveals officers who examined the McCanns' apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve after Madeleine went missing on May 3 discovered a "partial footwear mark", believed to be from a size five or six shoe, outside the bedroom.

It added that it "appeared to have a blood imprint" that was visible to the naked eye.

The FSS results conclude the footprint matched the pattern of a mark found above the rear bumper of the McCanns' Renault Scenic hire car, a print which Portuguese police apparently believe is consistent with someone lifting a body in or out of the boot. Experts could find no definite traces of blood in that print.

Blood in the footprint at the apartment was tested for DNA. Results are rated on an eight-point scale: no scientific evidence, limited, moderate, moderately strong, strong, very strong, extremely strong and conclusive.

Scientists found there was only "moderate" support - No.3 on the scale - to suggest it matched Madeleine's DNA.

What they believe is significant is no traces of blood were found around it.

"It is quite possible, therefore, that the blood had been picked up on the sole of the shoe from outside the apartment, from literally anywhere," a source close to the investigation said.

The source said there was concern Portuguese police had already attached too much weight to the results.

Local police are about to search land and a lake within a large radius of the Ocean Club Holiday resort in Praia da Luz - where the youngster vanished on May 3.

The areas to be covered include the coast between Praia da Luz and the village of Burgau, land between the Ocean Club and the beach, and the forests and isolated villas around the Bravura dam in Odiaxere, according to the Times.

The land was searched early on in the investigation but it is believed searches there were not extensive.

Paulo Rebelo, one of Portugal's most senior detectives and the new head of the investigation, is thought to have ordered the move.

Police frogmen are expected to start searching the lake, which is 4.02 km wide, later this week, according to the Sun.

Officers are also reportedly planning to examine spots where Madeleine parents and their friends, used their mobile phones.

Last week, Robert Murat, the first person to be declared an official suspect over Madeleine's disappearance, broke his silence to make a direct plea to the Portuguese police to finally clear him of suspicion.

Mr Murat was shown speaking briefly in a interview with BBC News. He said: "It's five months, my savings have gone. Mum is doing what she can. It is just very, very difficult."
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Post by Guest on 18.06.14 13:50

Any link for this please Dutchgirl?

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Post by Dutchgirl on 18.06.14 14:12

candyfloss wrote:Any link for this please Dutchgirl?

Moving to Video and Press Archives section, as old news.
oooops big grin  forgot the link - Here we go

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Post by Guest on 18.06.14 18:09

https://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t5492-bloody-footprint-found-in-mccanns-holiday-apartment

Did you mean you hadn't seen this particular article before, or not heard of the footprint at all, Dutchgirl? If the latter, there's more on the footprint on the thread linked above.

One of the 'secret' items retained on the PJ files, perhaps? For use at a date yet to be confirmed?  whistling 
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