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Missing Maddie – Dossier Prepared Sept.11

Posted by cotojo on September 11, 2007

Police in Portugal are preparing a dossier on their investigation into missing Madeleine McCann. It will be handed to the prosecutor in charge of the case who will then decide what action is to be taken.  

Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa, who is heading the investigation, has said that they do not have the complete forensic results and are waiting for the rest of the results before handing the dossier over. 

It is understood that the McCanns may have to wait several months to learn whether they are to be charged with any offence or not. 

It is believed that the only forensic evidence obtained has been from the apartment in which the McCanns were staying and a car they hired 25 days after their daughters disappearance.

It is also possible that DNA samples were cross-contaminated as members of the McCann family would share the same DNA. If the samples are not a 100% match, then there is a likelihood that it may not be Maddies but could be that of her parents or twin siblings. 

It is also likely that DNA from Maddie was transferred to the car when it was used to move the family’s belongings from the apartment to the villa they rented.

It is not known at this time what forensic evidence has been found, although there have been rumours that traces of blood were found in both the holiday apartment and the hire car.  Investigators have always refused to divulge details for fear that it may bias any jury if charges were brought against anyone. 

It has also been reported that investigators intercepted emails sent by Gerry and Kate McCann and also bugged their telephone to eavesdrop on conversations. 

It is now 131 days since Maddie disappeared and there have been many failings in the initial stages of the investigation. 

Maddie’s disappearance was first noticed by her mother when she went to check on her children at about 10pm on May 3rd. 

Police were called within 30 minutes, but as child abduction is relatively rare in Portugal they believed she had simply wandered off and would be found sleeping under a tree.   

As the first few hours passed it became clear that this was not the case and vital time had been lost by the police who did not seriously consider the possibility of  an abduction. 

Posts on the Spanish border as well as airports and ports in Portugal and Spain were not informed for at least 12 hours. 

Crucial areas in the holiday complex were not sealed off which ruined any chance of finding any crucial forensic evidence in the early stages of the investigation, and it was not until a full 48 hours later that they started to search the part of holiday complex and obtain a list of guests staying there. 

The only other suspect in the case is ex-pat Robert Murat, whose movements were monitored and phone calls logged. 

On  May 14th he was taken in for questioning.  For many months he was the only suspect the police had.  Murat has strongly denied any involvement, but because of the strict secrecy laws in Portugal has been unable to make any public statement. 

There has been no evidence found to link him to Maddies disappearance and it is expected that he will soon be cleared of any involvement and no longer be considered a suspect. 

There have been many sightings of Maddie in other countries, Malta, Belgium, Argentina, Switzerland, France, and Morocco, but none of these have had any foundation.   

British experts went to Praia da Luz after 3 months to assist with the investigation and thoroughly checked the holiday apartment and apparently found DNA samples, but this was after it had been let out to another family. 

The Portugese press started a campaign against the McCanns, accusing them of being involved in their daughters disappearance, some accusing them of giving her an overdose of pills, accidentally killing her.   

Although the McCanns have always strongly denied any involvement in Maddies disappearance, the focus of the investigation shifted to them.

The culmination of this came last week when on Thursday Kate McCann was interviewed at length and again on Friday, when she was formally named as a suspect.  Gerry McCann was re-interviewed on Friday and on Saturday he was also formally named as a suspect in the case. 

On Sunday the family returned home maintaining their innocence, and have also said that they are prepared to return if the Portugese authorities ask them to. 

Portugese police are now believed to be carrying out new searches in the area, but it would appear that they are no longer searching for a missing child, but looking for a body. 

The next move will be when the dossier is handed over to the prosecutor in charge of the case and what action he decides to take.

This case has been very high profile and YouTube also set up a channel dedicated to missing children. 

The link is www.youtube.com/dontyouforgetaboutme

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