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Missing Maddie – Latest News October 8th

Posted by cotojo on October 8, 2007

Last week Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral was removed from the investigation into the disappearance of 4 year-old Madeleine McCann and demoted to Inspector. It appears that there is no one willing to take over his post in what has become a high profile case for the Portugese.

Yesterday Amaral was summoned to to the Regional Police Headquarters in Faro following his attack on the McCann’s and the British Police, accusing them of assisting the McCann’s in the cover up of their daughters disappearance.

Chief Inspector Tavares Almeida was expected to take over from Amaral, as he was his deputy, but has requested an extended leave of absence, lasting between one month and a year, usually used for studying or training and this is unlikely to be denied.

Guilhermino Encarnacao, who is currently director of the Policia Judiciaria in Faro, or Carlos do Carmo the previous director of Policia Judiciaria in Portimao are said to be favourites to replace Mr Amaral as the head of the PJ in Portimao.

This has left the number of Portugese police investigating the case to less than 30, and without a leader.

It has also been reported in the British media that Leicestershire police also believe that Maddie is dead after specially trained sniffer dogs came across the scent of death in the holiday apartment used by the family in Praia da Luz.

However, Leicestershire police deny this and say that they are happy to liaise with their Portugese counterparts and assist them in any way they can.

The UK based Forensic Science Service, which is carrying out the DNA tests, have said that so far all tests are inconclusive, there is no evidence to show that Madeleine is dead or that she was drugged. They are continuing with more complex tests, and deny claims that they are withholding information from the Portugese investigators.

Given the lack of positive DNA results, it is unlikely that either of the McCann’s will face any charges. Although they remain suspects, along with Robert Murat, the Portugese can keep them as suspects for 8 months and then apply for a 4 month extension.

Over the weekend it was claimed that the McCann’s had called in Daniel Krugel, a former South African detective, with a record for finding missing children. It is believed that he spent 4 days searching in and around Praia da Luz in July.

He believes that he has followed the route taken by Maddie from the apartment, through paths and roads leading to a nearby beach. He then drew a map and handed this to investigators who searched the area on two occasions, but found no tangible evidence of any kind and has said that there is a slight possibility that she could be alive.

Kate and Gerry McCann believe that Krugel’s findings show that Maddie was abducted and placed on a boat, whereas the Portugese media see this as her body being placed on a boat and then dumped at sea.

The results in Praia da Luz crucially match many other parts of the investigation which all point to Madeleine being abducted and still being alive on the night she disappeared.

It should be stressed that the Portugese Investigators were aware of Krugel’s search at the time and followed up his findings.

Interesting fact: last year in Portugal, 31 children disappeared without trace and there was very little effort put in by the police to find them.

A Portugese tourism official has said that the investigation into Maddie’s disappearance has caused a lot of resentment amongst the locals, especially as the Algarve relies on tourists being drawn to the region, including dozens of known British paedophiles that are known to have visited the area.

This case echoes that of Michael and Lindy Chamberlain whose daughter Azaria was taken by dingo’s in central Australia in 1980. Lindy Chamberlain has always insisted a dingo took nine-week-old Azaria from the family’s tent, but was convicted of Azaria’s murder in 1982 amid intense public and media speculation, but was exonerated six years later.

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5 Responses to “Missing Maddie – Latest News October 8th”

  1. cotojo said

    Pirata – Thank you for your comment.

    many feel the same and many of us have children too. The same applies…we would not leave them on their own when they are young for the very reasons you have given.

    In this case it was a foolish thing to do. There is a great deal od difference between Portuguese law and British law. The parents did call in Social Services on their return to the UK, who were happy that the twins were not at risk and could therefore remain with their parents.


  2. Pirata said

    I have 3 kids almost similar to the diference of ages that the Mccann´s kids have. I´ve never left my kids alone at home or in a hotel when they were young, if I wanted to go out they went always with me, because I thing that when a child is little, anything can happen, we never know what they will be doing next or how they will react if they wake up and we are not near.
    So, in my opinion the first to be blamed are the parents for Negligence, and in Portugal, if they were portuguese, the twins would have been immediately taken from them and put in the custody of a child institution. That´s the diference in being a portuguese parent or a english parent.

  3. […] Missing Maddie – Latest News October 8th : last year in Portugal, 31 children disappeared without trace and there was very little effort put […]

  4. cotojo said

    Miguel – To my knowledge I have not blamed the Portugese nor anyone else.

    Get your facts right, Sky News were NOT called prior to the police being called.

    I would agree that it was foolish to leave young children alone, but hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it!!
    When back in the UK the family called in the Social Services responsible for child care, who decided that the twins were not at risk or in any danger. If they were they would not still be at home with their parents.

    As for guilt? Let us wait and see and not automatically act as Judge and Jury, with NO facts, NO hard evidence, and basing judgement on hearsay and rumour.


  5. Miguel said

    The main question: Who are the real guilty for the disappearence of Madeleine McCann? The parents! They should never leave their children alone! Stop blaiming the Portuguese! Why did they call the Police AFTER having people go in the room and AFTER having called Sky News? They are BOTH doctors, shouldn’t they know better?????

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