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Missing Maddie – Latest News Case Shelved July 21,2008

Posted by cotojo on July 21, 2008

Portuguese authorities today have shelved the investigation into missing Madeleine McCann after almost 15 months since Maddie disappeared. They have said that they found no evidence that any of the suspects in the case had committed any crime or were involved in Maddies disappearance.

This now means that Gerry McCann, Kate McCann and Robert Murat are no longer arguidos – official suspects – in the case having now been formally cleared.

The McCann’s have been informed of the statement made by Portugal’s attorney-general, Fernando Jose Pinto Monteiro but have made no comment at this moment in time, but it will certainly be a relief for them to no longer be official suspects in their daughter disappearance.

Should any new evidence come to light the investigation could be re-opened.

The disgraced former head of the investigation, Goncalo Amaral, has written a book about the investigation, ‘True Lies’ which is due to be published this week and is promising “explosive revelations” about the inquiry. It is reported that it contains allegations that Madeleine died accidentally in her parents’ care and that they disposed of her body to cover up the death.

Mr Amaral, made the decision to name the McCanns as official suspects in their daughter’s disappearance, and he was also widely criticised for focusing on the parents and not potential leads in the investigation.

He maintained his belief that Madeleine died in their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3 last year. It was also rumoured that many of the leaks and smears to the media came from Mr Amaral and they stopped when he was sacked from the investigation last October. Mr Amaral took early retirement last month, but is also facing a perjury trial over an unrelated case,

The McCanns’ legal team expect the book to amount to pure speculation, and have said that they are more interested in being given access to the police files

The decision to close the case could also lead to the strict secrecy laws being lifted and would also open the files to public scrutiny as well as allowing Mr Amaral to publish his book.

No matter what happens, there is still a young girl missing, and the speculation as to whether she was abducted or murdered will undoubtedly continue.

This has been a very sad case and very drawn out, but the McCanns’ legal teams and investigators will continue the search for missing Maddie.

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3 Responses to “Missing Maddie – Latest News Case Shelved July 21,2008”

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  2. cotojo said

    Nerys – Sadly there are many children that go missing each year. With the high profile of this case it has helped to raise awareness of the problem and will hopefully put into place better actions and warning systems such as the ‘Amber Alert’ in the near future.
    I agree that Maddie’s parents along with their friends, were foolish to leave their children unattended, but hindsight is also a great thing.
    Thank you for your visit and comment,
    Have a great day
    Colin

  3. Nerys said

    Yes there still is a missing little girl out there along with thousands of other children who are missing and do not get the benefit of celebrities. It breaks my heart that Maddie is missing, and there seems to be no leads- But as a mother – I find it horrible in knowing that Little Madeline’s parents left her and her siblings alone and unattended, when the place they were staying at offered child care services, all so the “adults” could go out and eat dinner and have drinks without the kids. That alone, I find selfish and irresponsible. Your children are more important than that. Let it be a lesson to all –

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