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Missing Maddie – Latest News October 16th

Posted by cotojo on October 16, 2007

It has been revealed that investigators have found no clues on computers seized in last weeks raids on pedophiles in which 150 computers were taken for analysis. 

Investigators found that the perverts had distorted the images and computer experts used image treatment programming to redefine the pictures finding many of small blond girls similar to missing Madeleine, but none of the pictures were of her.

Paulo Rebelo, who is now heading the case, was hoping for a breakthrough in the case after raiding known perverts homes.  He has also called in six police experts to look into previous aspects of the case and to look for anything that may have been overlooked.

Alípio Ribeiro, the national director of the Polícia Judiciária, said last week that all lines of inquiry were open after it was reported that police had failed to identify DNA samples and fingerprints found at the apartment where Madeleine disappeared and could not trace some mobile phone calls made in the area.

Further searches are to be carried out in and around Praia da Luz, including a  nearby reservoir, the coast from Praia da Luz to Burgau, the area between the holiday complex and the beach and the forest and isolated villas surrounding the Barragem da Bravura dam.  Police divers are expected to start searching the reservoir this week whilst other officers search the surrounding forests, which had not been thoroughly searched in the earlier investigations.

DNA test results from hair and body fluids have now been passed from the Forensic Science Services in the UK to Portugese police.  Portugese media say that investigators expect the results to be of great significance, but UK sources state that they are by no means conclusive.

New evidence has come to light to prove that Maddie was still alive when she went missing.  It has been reported that Kate McCann put her children to bed and tucked them in, yet when it was found that Maddie had gone, the bedclothes were not ruffled.  This means that she would have been carefully taken from the bed and not climbed out, as a young child would not have got out without moving anything.

Kate and Gerry McCann are said to be encouraged by the new impetus given to the investigation following the appointment of Paulo Rebelo, but are also dismayed that Portugese police are focusing on searching for a body. 

The McCann’s remain optimistic that their daughter is still alive, and a spokesman has said that in the event of a body being found it could eliminate them as suspects in the case.

Meanwhile, Robert Murat, the only other suspect in the case,  expects to be cleared within weeks unless the District Attorney increases the time limit.

As with the Azaria Chamberlain case, it is not unusual for the mother to become a suspect in these cases.  Witch hunts seem, sadly, not to be a thing of the past.

At the present time there is still no concrete proof that the McCann’s had any involvement in their daughter’s disappearance.  There are many who willingly jump on the bandwagon and have already found them guilty.  Yet there is no proof as to whether they were involved or not.

Many are quick to judge, whereas we should all wait and see what evidence is provided. 

None of us are in a position to make an informed decision.


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