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Missing Maddie – New Theories Emerge October 10th

Posted by cotojo on October 10, 2007

Late on Monday, Paulo Rebelo – second in command at the Policia Judiciaria -was appointed to oversee the ongoing investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.  He is a senior criminal investigation coordinator based in Lisbon, but is expected to move nearer to Praia da Luz to continue the investigation.

Previously his work has been on several high-profile cases including allegations of a child sex ring at a state run children’s home, but this will be his first missing child case.  His appointment comes after last weeks sacking of Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral and his deputy, Chief Inspector Tavares Almeida, requesting an extended leave of absence. 

Almeida is now to face trial with two other officers after claims were made that they beat an innocent man in another case seven years ago, leaving him with broken ribs and severe bruising.  Amaral has also been accused of assisting the cover up of an assault on a mother of a missing girl in another case.

Meanwhile, the media reports that Portugese investigators have now made astonishing claims that there were six other children in the holiday apartment with Maddie on the night she disappeared.  Yet again there are claims that Maddie and the McCann twins, Sean and Amelie, were sedated. 

The Portugese media is also claiming that investigators have significant evidence that there were seven children in the apartment, out of the eight children in the group.  They offer no explanation as to the whereabouts of the eighth child.

Yesterday, investigators spent several hours at the apartment in an attempt to reconstuct events of May 3rd, the day that Maddie disappeared.  This follows Pualo Rebelo taking charge and wanting to start afresh, covering every aspect of the case.

Gerry and Kate McCann are hoping that Rebelo’s appointment will mark a turnaround in the case and put a halt to the claims that they murdered their daughter.  They also hope that he will also focus on getting the investigators to focus on searching for Maddie.

Again there is much speculation over forensic tests, in which the media claim to have copies of leaked documents proving that Maddie was sedated, killed and then her body dumped.

The rumor mill is hard at work yet again!!


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5 Responses to “Missing Maddie – New Theories Emerge October 10th”

  1. poo said

    I will pray for her.

  2. cotojo said

    Christy – Thank you for your comment.

    The parents didn’t actually ‘sedate’ their children, although they did give them Calpol, which many parents in the UK do and it is widely available. 120 mg of the active ingredient Paracetamol per 5 ml of medicine would not be classed as a sedative, it is widely used for children with teething, headaches, fevers etc.

    There has been a great deal of media reporting stating that the children were sedated using many types of medications, and now they are reporting that there were 6 other children in the same room who were not ‘sedated’….some of this is really stretching the imagination.

    Like many other parents I too have used Calpol.


  3. Christy said

    It’s horrible, I was on the parents side until they confessed that they had sedated their children on a few different occasions. That’s just too weird. Who on earth could sedate their children so they could have a quiet night? Something isn’t right.

  4. cotojo said

    Avery – Thank you for your comment.

    I think it sickens many people, and there is so much misinformation being peddled by the media that it is hard to make an informed decision.

    For the family it is a real tragedy, as many are quick to back the press and join what may be a witch hunt, forgetting that there is only one known fact…..that a 4 year-old girl is still missing. Beyond that, we can only wait and see what happens without becoming Judge and Jury.


  5. Avery said

    This whole tragedy sickens me. If it was her parents, how could they? And if it wasn’t them, my heart aches for them. Wish I knew what to believe!

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