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Missing Maddie – Murat’s Home Searched

Posted by cotojo on August 4, 2007

POLICE investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann today began another search at the home of the only official suspect in the case.

Suspect Robert Murat

Around 10 police officers, including two from Britain, started searching the land surrounding the house of Robert Murat at about 7am.

They are clearing undergrowth and cutting down trees on the property in Praia da Luz, just yards from where the little girl was snatched from her family’s holiday apartment more than three months ago.

Murat is not currently at home but the search is expected to last up to four days.

Today’s search of the villa in which he lives with his mother, Jenny, is not the first time the property has come under scrutiny.

Murat, 33, was thrown into the spotlight on May 14, 11 days after the four-year-old from Leicestershire was snatched from her bed.

Murat was named as an official “arguido”, meaning suspect or defendant, but was never formally arrested.

In July he was re-interviewed by police investigating the case. Murat has denied any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance.The latest search in Portugal comes as police in Belgium investigate a possible sighting of the four-year-old there.

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