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Missing Maddie – No Progress in Inquiry October 5th

Posted by cotojo on October 5, 2007

It is now 155 days since Madeleine McCann went missing from the holiday complex in Praia da Luz.

For several weeks now there has been no progress made by the investigators into the disappearance of 4 year-old Maddie.

Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa has stood down as the official spokesman for the Portugese Police saying that the case was now being handled by the office of the Public Prosecutor and there was no need for a Policia Judiciaria spokesman.

The head of the unit in Portimao investigating Madeleine’s disappearance, Chief Inspector Tavares Almeida, 48, has applied for leave of absence, this follows the dismissal of Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral from his post after alleging that British police were helping Kate and Gerry McCann cover up their part in their daughter’s death.

A successor to Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral is expected to be appointed early next week.

This has helped to fuel the rumor mill yet again. There have been many reports, specifically in the Portugese media, quoting ‘police sources’ for the material they print.

If this is the case, then the anyone within the Policia Judiciaria who is passing information to the media is breaking the law. Portugal’s strict laws of judicial secrecy mean that nobody involved in a criminal investigation is allowed to reveal any of the evidence in a case.

One thing that should be made quite clear: There is only one known FACT in this case, and that is that a 4 year-old child is still missing.

Forensic analysis of minute samples found in the apartment and car are not 100% conclusive. They do show that Maddie was in the apartment, they also show that there were some samples found in the car, which was used by the McCann’s to transport all of their children’s toys and clothing as well as their own belongings when they moved out of the apartment. This would have contained large amounts of genetic material, hair, skin flakes, body fluids, which would not be easily seen with the naked eye.

Although the science of DNA has improved greatly, and a spokesman at LGC, Britain’s largest independent forensics laboratory, has said that DNA science is not that easy, and that this is real life not CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as shown on television.

LGC is is one of Europe’s main centres for the extraction, analysis and identification of DNA samples where scientists extract clues from physical evidence: blood, urine, hair, fibres, insects, guns, footprints, paint, telephones, computers, drugs, corpses, clothes and glass.

In the McCann case, analysis has been done at the Government’s Forensic Science Service laboratory in Birmingham using the same processes as used by LGC, and is still ongoing.

Investigators are claimed to have said that they found traces of ‘body fluids’ in the car which had probably come from Madeleine, but this is not conclusive proof as to whether she or her body was transported in the vehicle. There is nothing to prove that Maddie is dead, and nothing proves that her parents were involved in any way.

Much of the reporting is pure speculation and rumor, not fact.

Many are quick to jump on the bandwagon and act as Judge and Jury, pointing the finger of blame at her parents. Yet even the investigators have no concrete evidence.

If they had evidence that was as strong as what the media has been reporting, then no doubt charges would have been brought against them.

The following is the YouTube link for the video in association with the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children:

Please also go to: and watch the videos uploaded by the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) which covers many more missing children.

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3 Responses to “Missing Maddie – No Progress in Inquiry October 5th”


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  2. cotojo said

    Sam – This is something the investigators looked into previously when they called in assistance from the Institute of Oceanographers.

    However, there is also nothing to suggest that Madeleine is dead, nor that she was killed and her body dumped at sea. The media have suggested otherwise, but this is mere speculation.


  3. sam said

    Why don’t day loook on the ocean floor?

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