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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. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    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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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    I think the British must like to dig because they did the same thing on the island of Kos where Ben Needham disappeared.
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    2 June 2014 Last updated at 18:14

    The area of scrubland - about the size of three football pitches - is surrounded by flats and villas, many of them holiday properties.

    It is about five minutes' walk from the Ocean Club complex, where the McCanns were staying when Madeleine disappeared.

    Scrubland search area, Praia da Luz


    A 77-year-old man who has lived near the area of scrubland for 13 years told the BBC the latest search was "ridiculous".

    "The police have been here before," said the man, who did not want to be named.

    "We all helped search this area three or four days after it [Madeleine's disappearance] happened.

    "I walk my dog every day and no one was digging holes."

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    11 June, 2014 - Statement from Gerry and Kate

    We are very pleased that significant activity has taken place in Praia da Luz over the last 8 days with police officers and support teams from the UK working closely with the Policia Judicial and the Guarda Nacional Republicana. We are further encouraged that, despite the intensive searches, no trace of Madeleine has been found and this reinforces our belief that she could still be alive. As parents of a missing child, we have always wanted all reasonable lines of enquiry to be followed and it is gratifying to know that a substantial amount of work will take place over the coming months with close cooperation of the British and Portuguese authorities. We would like to thank all those involved for their efforts and the members of the public who have come forward with information.

    Gerry and Kate

    11 June, 2014 - Update from Operation Grange

    Operation Grange officers working alongside experts in their field from around the UK, the Policia Judicial and the Guarda Nacional Republicana today, Wednesday 11 June completed an eight day period of work searching specific areas of land in Praia da Luz.

    At this time no evidence relating to Madeleine McCann has been identified. However it has given us an essential understanding of the activity on and people that have used this piece of land.

    This was the first phase of this major investigation which has been agreed with the Portuguese following the four International Letters of Request submitted to date. More activity has been agreed and we expect that to commence shortly. In addition further requests are being compiled and will be submitted in due course.

    The decision to search the “horse shoe” shaped piece of waste ground to the west of Praia da Luz and other sites was as a specific result of the UK’s investigation work to date.

    The total area of land searched and surveyed was of approximately 60,000 sq metres and included all utilities, drainage channels and derelict buildings. 41 ground anomalies were identified initially by both aerial survey and ground analysis which were then investigated fully. These included three outside of the original area.

    This deployment which was the largest ever undertaken by UK police overseas in a case of this type, highlighted the effective nature of the assistance given by the Portuguese authorities, for which the investigation team and family are very grateful.

    The media’s understanding and co-operation following Assistant Commissioner Rowley’s pre deployment briefing has also been noted and appreciated.

    There is still a substantial amount of work yet to be completed in the coming weeks and months, which again should be viewed as no more than normal operational activity in a case of this size and complexity. This recent work is part of ensuring that all lines of enquiry are progressed in a systematic manner and covers just the one hypothesis that she was killed and buried locally. This is the same as would be done in the UK for a murder or high risk missing person enquiry. The scientific support staff involved were there to provide the highest level of assurance that this area was searched to the highest possible standards.

    7th of May 2014 - Media Interference

    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.

    Thank you.

    Gerry and Kate
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    Madeleine McCann suspects kept regular phone contact, police say

    Three suspects were in phone contact with each other during Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, police say.

    By Jerry Lawton/Published 3rd July 2014

    Detectives believe they were targeting the family until the moment the alarm was raised about Madeleine vanishing.

    They have uncovered a series of eight calls and texts suggesting they were monitoring her parents, Kate and Gerry, before a raid on their apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May, 2007.

    Detectives are trying to discover if they intended to carry out a burglary or if they had a more sinister motive for watching the McCanns.

    The first call was placed by Suspect A, a 51-year-old heroin addict, to Suspect B, a beggar then aged just 16, at 12.08pm the day before Madeleine vanished.

    B then swapped four phone calls and texts with Suspect C, a 33-year-old ex-Ocean Club driver with convictions for theft, on May 3.

    The first was at 5.26pm, at the precise time when Madeleine was leaving the resort’s crèche.

    A text message was exchanged at 9.25pm when two of the McCanns’ holiday pals left their dinner in a tapas bar to check on the group’s children who were asleep in the nearby apartments.

    The two suspects were in contact again at 9.38pm when one of the McCanns’ pals Jane Tanner left the restaurant to check on her children.

    They were in touch again at 9.51pm as Madeleine’s GP mum walked to her apartment to find her then three-year-old daughter missing.

    Later that evening, A made three calls from a public phone box in the resort to B.

    Police have still not traced a man seen carrying a sleeping blonde girl in pyjamas towards the resort’s beach at 10pm.

    Yesterday Scotland Yard officers including Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood joined Portuguese detectives continuing to investigate the three men linked by the calls.

    Sources said suspicious hair had also been found that did not match Madeleine’s DNA. According to Portuguese newspapers a request to obtain DNA and fingerprints from the three men was refused.

    They deny any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance and have answered more than 250 police questions. Yesterday Brit police sniffer dogs were brought in to examine the cars of suspects A and C.

    According to a Portuguese newspaper, thefts had tripled at the Ocean Club at the time Madeleine vanished.

    None of the men commented as they left a police station in Faro.

    A friend of Suspect A, whom a private detective hired by the McCanns said would “do anything for his next fix”, insisted he was innocent.

    “He was indoors the night Madeleine disappeared,’’ his pal said.

    “It’s inhuman a sick man like him has been dragged before the police.’’

    A fourth suspect, a Russian, was also questioned. Yesterday police officers were quizzing eight people as witnesses.
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    New Madeleine McCann prosecutor has vowed to solve the case - bringing fresh hope to her parents

    Oct 10, 2014 22:30 By David Collins

    High-flying investigator Ines Sequeira has taken on the case and British detectives believe her appointment will shake up the investigation

    new prosecutor has been put in charge of the Madeleine McCann case – and has vowed to solve it.

    High-flying investigator Ines Sequeira said she was “utterly determined” to crack the case, bringing fresh hope to Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry.

    British detectives believe the appointment will shake up the probe and Scotland Yard officers will fly out next week to discuss a shortlist of seven prime suspects with their Portuguese counterparts.

    A source close to the inquiry said: “Ms Sequeira is one of the sharpest and most ambitious prosecutors in Portugal. She is utterly determined to get a result on the Madeleine inquiry.

    “British police are telling the McCanns they’re doing everything in their power to find out what happened.”

    It is understood the investigation into Alice Gross, a 14-year-old schoolgirl found dead in west London, held up Operation Grange as resources were diverted during a huge search effort last week.

    British police will arrive in Portugal next week to discuss plans to interrogate the seven shortlisted suspects and request permission to search their homes.

    British detectives are trying to get a fifth letter of international request approved by the Portuguese authorities, which would allow them to continue their work on the ground in Portugal.

    The Met’s Operation Grange team, set up to review the case, believe Madeleine may have been killed during a bungled break-in at the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz in May, 2007 while her parents were eating out nearby.

    They will interview three of the seven suspects for a second time and request permission to search their homes.

    The three suspects to be re-interviewed are understood to be Jose Carlos Fernandes da Silva, an ex-worker at the Ocean Club resort, Paulo Ribeiro, who looks like a man seen near the apartment, and charity collector Ricardo Rodrigues.

    Portugal’s Attorney General gave the go-ahead for the country’s own Madeleine McCann investigation to be reopened in May at the request of the country’s Policia Judiciaria police force - more than five years after the probe had been shelved.

    The reopening of the investigation coincided with news a former employee at the Ocean Club holiday resort where Madeleine disappeared had been identified as a suspect.

    Recovering heroin addict Euclides Monteiro, a convicted burglar, died in a tractor accident in 2009.

    His widow Luisa Rodrigues was interviewed by Portuguese detectives but insisted he was an innocent man and has been fighting to get authorities to confirm they have now ruled him out as a suspect.

    Madeleine’s parents have been buoyed up by the joint efforts of the two country’s police forces.

    They believe Madeleine, who would now be aged 11, could still be alive.

    McCann spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry will not comment on Operation Grange."
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    Madeleine McCann search to end in months as police say only one lead left to follow

    Met boss admits hunt for Maddie will be over if no more evidence comes forward

    THE hunt for Madeleine McCann could end within months as police admit they have just one lead left to follow.

    Scotland Yard boss Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said they have one lead "everybody agrees is worth pursuing" - but the British investigation will end after that if no more evidence arises.

    The Met boss said unless they get a new line of inquiry in the Maddie case, they will have to give up the search for the girl who vanished in 2007.

    Speaking on LBC radio, Hogan-Howe said: "There's been a lot of investigation time spent on this terrible case.

    "It's a child who went missing, everybody wants to know if she is alive, and, if she is, where is she, and sadly if she's dead then we need to give some comfort to the family.

    "It's needed us to carry out an investigation together with the Portuguese and other countries have been involved."

    He admitted: "There is a line of inquiry that remains to be concluded and it's expected in the coming months that will happen."

    The Home Office has pumped £95,000 into the hunt for the missing girl, who disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal nearly 10 years ago.

    Despite a high-profile search no trace of Maddie has ever been found and the large-scale investigation has been pulled back.

    Hogan-Howe said: "The size of the team has come down radically, we are now down to two or three people in that team, at one stage there were about 30 officers in it.

    "There is a line of inquiry everybody agrees is worth pursuing."

    The Scotland Yard boss admitted Operation Grange, the investigation into Maddie's disappearance, will end once this line of enquiry concludes unless more evidence arises.

    He said: "If somebody comes forward and gives us good evidence we will follow it. We always say a missing child inquiry is never closed.

    "If something new comes forward we will investigate it, but that line of inquiry probably at the moment is the conclusion of this inquiry."

    The blow for Gerry and Kate McCann comes a week after they lost a libel lawsuit against a Portuguese detective who wrote a damning book blaming them for Maddie's disappearance.

    Goncalo Amaral worked on the missing girl case at the very beginning in Portugal before being laid off.

    He claims Maddie died in the apartment and Gerry and Kate covered up her death by pretending she was missing.

    Despite no obvious progress or viable leads in the near-decade since Madeleine disappeared, DCS Mick Duthie, head of the Met's murder squad, said they remained optimistic last week.

    He said: "There is ongoing work. There is always a possibility we will find Madeleine and we hope we will find her alive."
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    Detectives say they can still crack the case despite Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Hogan saying they are only chasing one final lead before the investigation is shelved.

    That theory is that the tot was snatched after disturbing burglars who had been targeting the Portuguese holiday block where she was staying.

    Police believe three suspects they have been pursuing hold the key to the nine-year mystery.

    The trio have already been declared arguidos – or suspects – and were interviewed at least twice.

    They are linked by a series of phone calls they made to each other near the McCanns’ apartment around the time she vanished.

    A source said: “This remaining lead is thought to be key.”

    The suspects are Jose Carlos da Silva, 30, who used to drive guests to their apartments at the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz from where Madeleine vanished, drifter Ricardo Rodrigues, 24, and drug addict Paulo Ribeiro, 53.

    Da Silva made no mention of the calls or texts when he was questioned by police in 2007.
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  13. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    I've read about these 3 scumbags before.
    Who might they be protecting besides their own filthy necks?
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  14. Akoya

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    Personally, I think there's a pedophile ring involved. These three may just have been "delivery boys" who handed Madeleine off to the traffickers. I think the Smith family from Ireland did see Madeleine being carried through the streets of Praia da Luz.
  15. MadgeS

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    Akoya, I remember that sketch.
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    They blasted that efit all over the media in the US and Europe. Suddenly, it just kind of went away just like everything else in this case.
  17. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    Would like to know...statsically....how many in government positions are peds.
    Has to be chilling.
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