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.