Missing Maddie – Latest News November 8th
Posted by cotojo on November 8, 2007
Kate and Gerry McCann have been given fresh hope that their daughter Madeleine is alive after learning of the discovery of a bag of clothes with a possible DNA link to their daughter.
The items are reported to have been found just over two weeks ago in a lay-by near Faro Airport in Portugal, an hour’s drive from Praia Da Luz where the four-year-old went missing on May 3.
It is understood the contents included a child’s T-shirt, a pencil case, a shower curtain, adult jeans and a blue fleece, and were handed to the Policia Judiciaria who passed it on to the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham.
After 10 days of analysis, experts there are said to have found traces of hair and skin with a partial DNA match to Madeleine on the adult clothes.
A spokesman for the McCann’s said that they could not comment on yet another speculative report, but trust that the police will follow up any potential lead that could indicate that Maddie was abducted.
A Spanish private detective hired by Gerry and Kate McCann has vowed to find missing Madeleine within five months. Francisco Marco has said that he believes the four-year-old is alive in Morocco and is already following up reported sightings of a blonde-haired girl with her distinctive right eye.
The detective’s Spanish-based agency, Metodo 3, has been employed by the McCann’s on a six-month agreement to assist in the search for missing Maddie. The agency employs a team of 40 and have interviewed the McCann’s at length, coming to the conclusion that there is a case and they are convinced that Kate and Gerry McCann were not implicated in their daughters disappearance.
Mr.Marco is quoted as saying that that his team of specialists have assured him that the McCann’s are not hiding anything and he would not risk the prestige that his agency has gained over 23 years without being convinced there is a case.
Mr Marco, a father of two, also believes Madeleine was stolen to order from the family’s holiday villa in the Algarve.
The detective’s team has already investigated a sighting in Morocco of a blonde girl with the same distinctive mark in one eye as Madeleine but has so far failed to find Maddie.
The McCann’s hopes were raised in September when a Spanish tourist took a photograph in the remote hillside village of Zinat, northern Morocco, of a blonde girl who looked like Madeleine.
Madeleine McCann suspect Robert Murat is said to be “absolutely not worried” despite a reported move by detectives to re-interview him.
Paulo Rebelo, who heads the police inquiry, ordered a fresh interrogation of the Briton following his first inspection of the Portuguese holiday apartment from where Maddie went missing.
Murat, whose villa is just yards from the spot where Madeleine was abducted on May 3, has always denied any involvement in the four-year-old’s disappearance. He was made an official suspect in the case 10 days after Maddie went missing, but has not spoken to police for nearly three months.
The Portuguese press has reported that authorities are convinced that samples of hair and body fluid found in Murat’s house are those of Madeleine and that many clues pointed to the presence of Madeleine in that house.
Murat is one of three formal suspects in the Madeleine McCann investigation along with the child’s parents, Gerry and Kate.
Paulo Rebelo, recently appointed new head of the investigation, is said to have examined windows at the McCann’s former holiday apartment in Praia da Luz and paced out all possible escape routes during his inspection of the property. He is also reported to have walked the 100 yards to the villa Murat shares with his mother.
Gerry McCann has returned to work saying he had done everything he could to ensure the search for his daughter Madeleine goes on. Mr McCann, who has been on unpaid leave, will begin a phased return, starting on three half-days a week.
A Spanish newspaper has reported that two of the McCann’s friends who were on holiday with them, want to change their statements about the events of the evening of May 3rd. Four of the group are also concerned about being made official suspects in the case too, but these reports are uncorroborated.
The media appear to have backed off slightly with their campaign against the McCann’s but publish just enough to keep it going without sufficient evidence or proof of any kind to make some bold accusations.
Portuguese police are still waiting on results of some tests carried out by the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham. Results received so far have proved inconclusive but also means that investigators are entirely reliant on the FSS tests to provide any DNA breakthrough in the case.
Portuguese investigators have also said that it would take a miracle for them to build a case against the McCann’s and the Portuguese public prosecutor has said he would not ask for them to be re-interviewed as there was not enough evidence to implicate them in any wrong doing.
Two officers from Portugal’s Guarda Nacional Republicana have also blamed their bosses for not securing the apartment in the first hours of the investigation. They have said that vital evidence would have been lost with so many people going in and out of the apartment.