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Missing Maddie – Major New Hunt, August 20th

Posted by cotojo on August 20, 2007

Portugese police searching for missing Madeleine McCann have announced that they will today start a major new hunt. The investigation has shifted direction with the arrival of British detectives and sniffer dogs to assist with the enquiry.

Investigators also say they have “other evidence” and have applied for warrants to search areas where Maddie may have been taken the night she vanished.

A Portuguese police source has said that a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes for some time and the next few days are going to be decisive.  All leave has been cancelled and officers put on standby for this major operation.

It was believed that the 109-day hunt for four-year-old Maddie was stalling, but police sources have said that they have other evidence to work on apart from the DNA and other forensic tests.

There is expected to be an increase in police activity who will be looking in areas that Maddie may have been taken to on the night she disappeared.

Expat Pamela Fenn, is among those to be questioned. She is reported to have disturbed a burglar in her apartment two weeks pror to Maddie’s disappearance.  Her apartment is located above the apartment in which the McCanns stayed in Praia da Luz.  Other witnesses are also expected to be re-interviewed this week.

There are also unconfirmed reports that police may be about to arrest a new suspect in the UK in the coming days.

Early DNA tests showed that the blood specks found came from a man, and was not Maddie’s. But the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham, UK, which is carrying out the analysis of the samples, has said that the tests were still ongoing, with the full results expected early this week.

Over the weekend Kate and Gerry McCann met a British man who had faced a similar ordeal.

Missing Maddie
image courtesy of Saboma 

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