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Missing Maddie – Suspect Changed Alibi

Posted by cotojo on July 31, 2007

Madeleine McCann suspect Robert Murat changed his alibi when grilled by police, it has been alleged.

Suspect Robert Murat

The Brit initially told cops he was with his German girlfriend when Maddie was snatched from her parents’ holiday apartment, it was said.

But when officially declared a suspect 11 days later he changed his story, police sources disclosed.

In his statement he said he was with his mother Jenny, 71, all night at their apartment 50 yards from the snatch scene in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

The alleged inconsistency is one of several about which Murat has been quizzed by cops — and he remains the only named suspect in the 12-week probe.

Murat was often seen near the scene in the days after the abduction.A source in Portugal claimed: “When people started asking questions, he said he was with his girlfriend, Michaela Walczuch, when Madeleine was taken. He also said the same thing to his friends. But when he was taken to the police station, he told them he was with his mother. “He’s stuck to this version since. Nobody knows why he changed his story.”Murat’s girlfriend was questioned, but police have not disclosed what she told them.Murat, who has always denied any involvement in the abduction, has been interviewed twice since Maddie, four, was taken.

She was snatched on May 3 while mum Kate and Gerry had a meal nearby.

Maddie McCann

It is thought Murat will be questioned again soon. Police sources, meanwhile, also confirmed suspicion fell on the oddball after he allegedly asked several people to supply him with an alibi. 

A team of Cracker-style manhunters were drafted into the Madeleine McCann probe yesterday. It has now been revealed that Specialist criminal profilers from the UK flew to the Algarve to review evidence gleaned during the 12-week hunt for the tot’s abductor.

The team, like Robbie Coltrane’s character Fitz in TV show Cracker, are now at work constructing a psychological profile of the kidnapper to help Portuguese police. They are experts in predicting the behaviour of paedophiles.

Gerry McCann met with an ex-FBI agent and the British Ambassador on his trip to Washington in a bid to keep the search for his missing daughter high profile. He then flew back to Portugal to be reunited with his wife Kate and two children.

McCann Family

Gerry wrote on the findmadeleine.com website he felt his visit to Washington had been successful.He said he had a meeting with congressman Mike Rogers who was an ex-FBI agent and he distributed wristbands to the congressman’s colleagues as well as members of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

He said: “I have no doubt that this visit to Washington has been extremely productive and will really help to maintain Madeleine’s profile.  We will continue to work closely with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children who have incredible experience and energy in dealing with missing children.”

He said it was great to be back with his family and asked people to continue putting up posters so that the search remains high profile.  You can download the poster HERE

“We ask people to continue downloading posters from the website and display them at bus stations, train stations and of course take them on holiday.”

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5 Responses to “Missing Maddie – Suspect Changed Alibi”

  1. jessica said

    i am very sorry you have been searching for this beautiful girl for so long, i hope someone confeses real soon so you can rejoice with your daughter, god bless.

  2. cotojo said

    Sandy – Thank you for your comment. I try to update this story as more news comes to light. I’m not sure that some of these people have any credibility whatsoever, and can only hope that with the new investigations something positive will come to light.

  3. Thanks for posting this. Until I read your blog, I didn’t have the details of this story. How awful. These folks who change their stories are very disturbing. You wonder where their credibility begins and ends or if they have any right to any at all.

  4. cotojo said

    Lisa – Hopefully the new tactics will shed some light upon the whereabouts of Maddie…we can but hope and pray.

  5. Sophiagurl said

    she’s sooo beautiful and that makes me more sadder and angrier at her abductors. arrrrgh!=(

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