Missing Maddie – Portugese Police Say She May Be Dead
Posted by cotojo on August 11, 2007
Portugese police have acknowledged for the first time that missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann may be dead.
Today the McCann’s clung to the hope that their daughter will be found alive on the 100th day of her disappearance.
The news caused outrage among friends of the McCann’s who cannot believe that the family were not informed before the press. It also comes on the same day that YouTube donated a page to the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC)
In a reference to the recent discovery of blood specks at the holiday apartment used by the family, Sousa said renewed searches using British sniffer dogs had revealed clues which could point to Madeleine’s death.
He said: “In the past few days there have been some developments, some clues that have been found that could point to the possible death of the little child. All lines of inquiry are open, but this line has a little more intensity.”
Inspector Sousa also maintained that the parents were not being considered as suspects despite earlier reports in the Portuguese press this week suggesting they were now under suspicion.
A family friend said Portuguese police had never told Maddie’s parents they now believed there was a strong possibility that suggests she had been killed in their apartment.
The friend also added that it seemed extraordinary that they did not have the decency to inform Maddie’s parents before stating it in an on the record interview.