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PORTUGAL MADELEINE MCCANN: Missing from Praia da Luz, Portugal - 3 May 2007 - Age 3

Discussion in 'Europe: Missing & Unidentified' started by Kimster, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. Kimster

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    A HUGE search operation is under way after claims Madeleine McCann was spotted in Paraguay, it has been reported.

    Four police stations, the anti-kidnapping division, intelligence personnel and Interpol are investigating claims the missing child has been spotted, according to a local news outlet.

    Miraz Ullah Ali, a researcher, claimed he spotted Madeleine, who would now be 12, in the city of Areguá.


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    A reported sighting of Madeleine McCann in Paraguay has been dismissed by police in the country as false.

    A private investigator claimed the missing British girl - who would now be 12 years old, having disappeared when she was three - had recently arrived in the South American nation

    But officials sought to discount the claims after a search of the suspect area.

    Miraz Ullah Ali Isa, a British private detective, told ABC Color he had been told Madeleine had arrived in Paraguay.

    "My team and I received the information that Madeleine arrived in Paraguay one or two months ago and is living in Aregua in the custody of a woman," he said, referring to a city in the south west of the country.

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    I've always thought Maddie's age-progression was very well done. I wish they were all so life-like. Looking for a real child instead of some computerized child.

    I wonder where the PI came up with the info that Maddie was in Paraguay? If it's based on true info, it's interesting that local police would dismiss a sighting. Why not dismiss the entire notion that she could be in Paraguay?
    There have been so many "sightings" over the years. I truly hope Maddie is alive and out there and will be found. But I fear many of them, especially in this case, are people looking for attention.
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    I didn't know who or what to believe about this case.
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    Suspect reportedly seen carrying Madeleine in Praia da Luz.
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    Additional Praia da Luz suspects

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    Who did the key witness see? Police focus on Irish family's claims they saw a family carrying a child away
    Could Irish family have witnessed toddler being snatched?

    Retired businessman saw man carrying blonde child

    Thought at the time it was Gerry McCann, but proved to be elsewhere

    By Rebecca Camber
    PUBLISHED: 21:55 EST, 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 05:13 EST, 16 October 2013

    The new Crimewatch appeal focused on a claim by an Irish family that they saw a man carrying a child through Praia da Luz at around the time Madeleine McCann was found to be missing.

    Two differing e-fits of the suspect were issued, and police say it is possible the family did see the three-year-old being spirited away by her abductor.

    The sighting came when Martin Smith, a retired businessman in his 70s, was walking back to his apartment in the Algarve resort following a meal and drinks at a bar with his wife and children.

    The Metropolitan Police have issued this e-fit picture of a man who they believe may be connected with Madeleine McCann's disappearance The Metropolitan Police have issued this e-fit picture of a man who they believe may be connected with Madeleine McCann's disappearance The Metropolitan Police have issued this e-fit picture of a man who they believe may be connected with Madeleine McCann's disappearance
    Police detail new E-fit, burglaries and nighttime creche At a spot a six-minute walk from the McCanns’ holiday accommodation, they saw a man carrying a blonde child aged around four.

    It was just before 10pm and the street lighting was poor.

    More...Crimewatch callers 'name' Maddie suspect: McCanns delighted by overwhelming response to TV reconstruction

    SARAH VINE: Maddie, my little girl and why life is a risk you can't avoid
    Pictured: The innocent father who was key suspect in Maddie investigation for SIX YEARS until he was cleared by his daughter's 'frilly pyjamas'

    Although Mr Smith admitted he was not wearing his glasses at the time he later said he thought the man could have been Gerry McCann.

    New inquiries: Irishman Martin Smith, pictured, was in the resort with his family when Maddie disappeared and their evidence has led to hunt for new suspect Key witness: Irishman Martin Smith, pictured, was in the resort with his family when Maddie disappeared
    This is an impossibility as dozens of witnesses confirmed he was at the holiday complex at

    10pm. British police have also said they are certain that Mr McCann has nothing to do with his daughter’s appearance.

    Speaking to Portuguese police a few weeks after Maddie disappeared, Mr Smith said it was ‘not possible to recognise the individual’.

    His grandchildren were also unable to identify the man or the girl – but thought she could have been Madeleine.

    Yet in September 2007 Mr Smith suddenly called police again to say he believed the man he saw could have been Gerry McCann.

    He had been watching television coverage of the family returning to Britain. However numerous witnesses say they were with Mr McCann at the tapas restaurant at the time in question – so he could not possibly have been 500 yards away.

    This has led to Mr Smith’s account being called into question.

    The retired businessman from County Louth, Ireland, was staying in Praia da Luz with his wife Mary, now 65, his son Peter and his wife and their children.

    He part owned an apartment in the resort and visited


    New inquiries: Irishman Martin Smith, pictured, was in the resort with his family when Maddie disappeared and their evidence has led to hunt for new suspect Key witness: Irishman Martin Smith, pictured, was in the resort with his family when Maddie disappeared
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    October 21, 2013 5:53 PM PrintText

    Madeleine McCann Update: Former detective believes new sketches of suspect could be breakthrough in case

    CBS) - Last week, a British television program broadcast two police-artist renderings of a possible suspect in the Madeleine McCann case. The four-year-old disappeared from a resort in southern Portugal on May 3, 2007. Although Madeleine has never been found, Portuguese authorities closed the case in 2008.

    However, Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, have continued to search for their missing daughter. And last year, police in England began to re-investigate the case by examining reports from Portuguese police, private investigators hired by the McCanns, and leads developed by the Metropolitan Police in London.

    The renewed investigation is now publicly-focused on the two artist-renderings of a suspect. They were made in 2008 after McCann private investigators interviewed Martin and Mary Smith of Ireland, according to Ian Horrocks, a former Metropolitan Police detective. The Smiths were vacationing in Praia da Luz, Portugal the same week the McCanns and their three children were on holiday in the seaside town.

    Man wanted for questioning in the disapperance of Madeleine McCann. Man wanted for questioning in the disapperance of Madeleine McCann.
    / Metropolitan Police
    The Smiths said they saw a man carrying a blond child in his arms - the man was between 5'5" and 5'9" with light colored hair; the child had very white skin. The sighting was about 9:55 p.m. and 400 yards southwest of the McCanns' vacation apartment.

    "48 Hours Mystery": Where's Maddy? [Feb. 11, 2009]

    Though the police-artist renderings were made in 2008, and Portuguese police took statements from the Smiths, The Express, in England, reported today that British police did not learn about the drawings of a suspect until two years ago.

    After Madeleine disappeared, Portuguese police considered the McCanns suspects in their daughter's disappearance for the next 14 months. And until very recently, Portuguese police did not allow their counterparts in the UK access to the case files in Portugal. Why not? Portuguese authorities said they considered the case closed. The McCanns are currently pursuing a defamation lawsuit against the former lead Portuguese detective on their daughter's case.

    Another sketch of the man wanted for questioning in the Madeleine McCann case. Another sketch of the man wanted for questioning in the Madeleine McCann case.
    / Metropolitan Police
    Ian Horrocks, a former detective in Britain, believes the world-wide broadcast of the artist renderings of a new suspect could be an important breakthrough, but he also advises caution. Horrocks points out that one of the main problems with the artist renderings is the fact that there are two different faces. "There's no way of knowing," says Horrocks, "which one is right."

    Horrocks told Crimesider that the location of the Smiths' sighting - 400 yards from where the McCanns were staying - is also troubling. Horrocks estimates, "It could take 5 to 10 minutes for a person to walk that distance, carrying a child who has just been abducted." That, according to Horrocks is "too long a time, someone could raise an alarm," suggesting the abductor probably would have been more careful.

    He speculates that if the Smiths' sighting is of Madeleine's kidnapper, then the chances are the suspect lived near the area where the they saw the person carrying the child.

    Complete coverage of Madeleine McCann on Crimesider
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    Official statement from London's Metropolitan Police:


    Portuguese authorities reopen investigation into Madeleine McCann

    24 October 2013
    Madeleine McCann

    The Portuguese Judicial Authorities have today, 24 October, announced that they have reopened their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. This development follows the discovery of new lines of enquiry as a result of an internal review of their original investigation by the Portuguese Policia Judiciaria.

    The Portuguese investigation will run in parallel with the Operation Grange investigation, and a team of Portuguese colleagues continue to follow up enquiries on behalf of the MPS under the terms of the International Letter of Request (ILOR).

    At the request of The Policia Judiciara, AC Mark Rowley and DCI Andy Redwood attended a meeting with senior officers on 17 October, in Lisbon, to discuss this significant development, and for a comprehensive briefing on the new lines of enquiry which, at this point, are separate to the lines of enquiry being followed by the MPS. At the conclusion of that meeting, the group were joined by Kate and Gerry McCann who were briefed on the plans to apply to reopen the investigation.

    Assistance Commander Mark Rowley, Specialist Crime and Operations, said: "The meeting was very positive, and we and the Policia Judiciara have a shared determination to do everything possible to discover what happened to Madeleine.

    "Colleagues in Portugal fully shared with us the developments in their review, and the fact that they were taking the significant step of applying for the investigation to be formally reopened.

    "From the near future, MPS detectives from Operation Grange will travel regularly to Portugal under the terms of the ILOR in relation to the UK investigation.

    "This is a welcome development, but both sides of the investigation are at relatively early stages, with much work remaining to be done. This new momentum is encouraging, but we still have a way to go, and as with all major investigations, not all lines of enquiry that look promising will yield results.

    "Last week was a significant point in the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance, and I would like to thank the public across Europe for the overwhelming response to the appeals that we made here at home on Crimewatch, as well as in Germany and Holland. Today's development is good news. Combined with the formal re-opening of the Portuguese investigation today, and our ever closer working relationship, I believe that we have the best opportunity yet to finally understand what happened to Madeleine."
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    From the book 'A Verdade Da Mentira' ('The Truth of the Lie' by Gonçalo Amaral) - Chapter's 8 & 21 - The sighting by the Smith family

    Chapter 8 - A man carrying a child on the way to the beach - pages 111-114

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    Love these articles and visuals! :thankyou:! :hug:
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    Thank You. I'm a visual person and photographs are great for me.
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    Me too! That's why I love watching the documentaries on these cases as well.
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    Madeleine McCann cops to start digging up resort where she vanished 7 years ago May 04, 2014

    22:49 By Tracey Kandohla, Russell Myers While the search for missing Maddie continues the McCanns must also consider the possibility that her body will be found in police digs

    Share Share Tweet +1 Email Kate and Gerry McCann have never given up hope their missing daughter Madeleine is alive – but they are now bracing themselves for the heartbreak of a police search for her body.

    Scotland Yard detectives are preparing to go to Portugal to launch extensive digs in and around the holiday area where the youngster vanished seven years ago at the age of three. The tormented couple have been briefed by officers about their plans to search three sites near the Praia da Luz resort they were staying at.

    It is understood a team of highly-skilled forensic officers will use radar equipment to look underground in the grim hunt for clues.

    A source close to the McCann’s said: “Kate and Gerry have been told police will be conducting the searches in and around Praia da Luz as soon as they get the green light from Portuguese authorities.

    “There will be earth diggers everywhere and it will look very dramatic and it will be a heartbreaking and hugely emotional time for Madeleine’s poor parents.

    “They don’t believe police are acting on any new tip off. They just need to carry out their own digs, looking for any possible clues that Portuguese authorities may have missed on their previous searches.

    “It will not be a mere fingertip search of certain areas, it will be full ground searches, using radar and other equipment. It is such a sensitive part of their investigation but it has to be done.

    “Police have assured Kate and Gerry that it does not mean they are specifically searching for her body. They are doing searches as much as to rule scenarios out as much as rule them in. They will be concentrating on several different places at different phases.

    “Certain areas should have been searched properly way back by the Portuguese authorities but were not.”

    Kate and Gerry will not be going to Portugal but will be kept updated throughout.

    The source revealed the dig will form a routine part of the Met’s cold case review into Madeleine.

    It comes after a Crimewatch TV appeal resulted in new information coming to light. The source added: “They have been tasked with the painstaking job of going through every single detail the Portuguese police have already done, plus following up any new leads that have come in. They are looking into it with fresh eyes. New information has come in following Crimewatch but it is not known if any of it is linked to these searches.”

    Police will dig two areas of land surrounding the Ocean Club’s Apartment 5A, where Madeleine vanished on May 3 2007, and an area on the nearby beach.

    PA Kate and Gerry McCann. Kate and Gerry McCann.
    Saturday was the anniversary of the youngster’s disappearance and prayers were said for her at her village church in Rothley, Leics. Heart doctor Gerry, 45, told wellwishers: “The Met are going back out to Portugal very soon. They are chipping away and there is new evidence. We are going to continue hoping we get a happy outcome and one day we will know what’s happening.” Kate has admitted the pair could not be blinkered to “a worst case scenario” but they are said to have been buoyed by the new development. They previously raised concerns about the pace of progress in the new investigation after tensions were revealed between British and Portuguese investigators.

    The Met had said they were confident of being able to start “operational activity” in Portugal soon but their hopes have so far failed to materialise. The latest news is a sign Portuguese detectives could be willing to grant full access to files and evidence their British counterparts on Operation Grange have been requesting for months. Sources say a team could be in place even by the end of the week to fly to Portugal to try to find what happened to Madeleine, whose 11th birthday is next Monday.

    Kate, 46, said recently: “The passing of further weeks and months as a result of unnecessary delays and barriers are not only frustrating, they are distressing.

    “Each day without Madeline and each day of not knowing is another day too many. I just want to know if she’s alive or dead.” The former GP told last week how she secretly returns to the resort to feel close to her daughter and “to walk those streets” and “look for answers”. But she has not been back since April last year.

    Madeleine’s great uncle, Brian Kennedy, 75, said: “We would just like to know something, whatever news that may because not having any idea where Madeleine is, is so difficult.”

    Police are trying to identify a serial sex beast who may have struck at least 18 times in Algarve resorts from 2004 to 2010, assaulting British girls as young as 10 as they slept in their beds. In some attacks he wearing a burgundy, long-sleeved top. It may have had a white circle on the back.

    Around six weeks after Madeleine vanished, police unearthed a potential burial site in the village of village of Arao, nine miles from Praia da Luz following a tip-off from a Dutch newspaper. But the search found nothing and that part of the probe was dropped.

    The McCann’s official spokesperson Clarence Mitchell last night refused to comment on the latest planned digs. Scotland Yard said: “We do not provide a running commentary on ongoing investigations.”
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