Bruno Nogueira: “A lynx cub has died of unknown causes in the Algarve wildlife centre. I think it’s clear that new things in the Algarve don’t last long…
“The lynx didn’t show any signs of abuse nor parental neglect. However, the authorities are looking for a suspect seen around the area.
“We have an e-fit we can show you…
“Looks quite like one of Maddie’s abductor sketches…
“Actually, at the time I thought that was Kate McCann with a moustache and the eyebrows of a Shaolin Master…
“Maddie is back in the newspaper headlines… and in 24 horas another attempt, using computer generated pictures, to show Maddie’s current looks…
[24horas headline: ‘If alive, Maddie looks more or less like this’]
“Judging by the way she’s dressed looks like Maddie’s been abducted by a lesbian…
“She’s wearing her trousers almost up to her neck and her shoe size seems to be 47 [UK 12].
“We followed the trend and have worked out on the computer that Maddie, at this rate – in 60 years – will look like this: “
The lack of new developments in the Madeleine Case impedes its reopening, 03 May 2010
The lack of new developments in the Madeleine Case impedes its reopening ABC.es
(Portugal) Interior Justice Ministry
03.05.2010 / 19:50 h
Lisbon, May 3 (EFE). The Portuguese authorities have not made any step to reopen the case of the British girl Madeleine McCann, who disappeared three years ago today, as no new evidence has emerged that justifies another investigation.
According to legal sources consulted by Efe, in spite of the statements periodically made by Madeleine’s parents, and those that they made in their libel case against the former PJ officer who connected them to the death of their daughter, no new developments have been made public which could lead to the case being reopened.
With the event of the third anniversary of the disappearance of their daughter, Kate and Gerry McCann have appeared on various European TV stations, and printed media, to insist that their daughter is alive and to ask for help in looking for her.
The couple, who in 2007, organised the biggest media campaign ever seen in a case of a disappearance, to gather funds, have repeatedly said, without giving details, that they have new leads about their daughter’s possible fate.
But the Portuguese Judiciary, which officially closed the case a year after the disappearance can only reopen it with new evidence and formal denunciations made before the police.
The Portuguese Public Prosecutor, upon archiving the case on 21st July 2008 discounted the indications linking the McCanns to their daughter’s death as well as those that pointed to the abduction of the girl by some stranger.
After having declared them as official suspects in the case, the prosecutors also discarded acting against the couple for having left Madeleine, who was three years old on the night of her disappearance, alone with her younger siblings, whilst they dined with friends.
The couple state that they took turns in going to see the children, but in their statements and those of their friends, as well as the cadaver traces detected in their car and belongings, is where the Portuguese police found the greatest number of contradictions and suspicions in the case.
The Portuguese authorities, accused of not having acted rigorously during the first hours of the disappearance and neglecting the crime scene, never found a trace of the girl and were not even able to bring the couple’s friends back to Portugal for a reconstruction of the facts.
The evidence they collected with the help of British police and dogs remained for months in a British laboratory which finally issued a report without sufficient certainty to implicate the parents or shed some light onto the case, according to statements by the Portuguese police officers then responsible.
The McCanns, who suddenly left Portugal when they were declared suspects in September 2007, returned last year to argue with the police officer who led the investigation, Gonçalo Amaral, dismissed and retired early and now in danger of ending up in ruin because of the couple’s law suit.
The book in which Amaral covers the details of the investigation – also gathered from the public summary of the case – and which suggests that Madeleine died in an accidental manner and that the parents disposed of the body, was banned last February after a first victory of the British couple in the Portuguese civil courts.
Madeleine disappeared on 3rd May 2007 from an apartment in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve and the only thing that remains of her, for the moment, are the thousands of pages of a Portuguese investigation without guilty parties and the images and comments of the web page her parents maintain.
The McCanns have always declared themselves to be innocent and determined to find their daughter to whom they today dedicated this message: “Madeleine. Still missing, still missed, still looking.”
Top cop spearheads new probe into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann
By Lucy Panton, Crime Editor, 09/05/2010
BRITAIN’S top murder cop has been lined up to spearhead a new probe into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, we can reveal.
Det Chief Insp Colin Sutton, 49, who has been involved in some of the UK’s biggest inquiries – including the murder of Milly Dowler and the terror reign of the Nightstalker sex beast – is seen as the best man to handle the challenging review.
Senior child protection officer Jim Gamble has asked Scotland Yard to take a fresh look at the three-year investigation.
He blasted Portuguese cops for their handling of the hunt for Maddie – who vanished aged three from her family’s Algarve holiday apartment in 2007. Now the Met Police are set to review all leads in the case, using technology and standards expected in a UK homicide or kidnap.
It will delight Maddie’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann. A senior police source said: “They deserve reassurance that everything that can be done has been done.”
“Las Mañanas de Cuatro”
Complete videos of the three programmes aired, which include exclusive interview clips with the McCanns, are now available to view by clicking here
Update, 07 May 2010:
“Las Mañanas de Cuatro” has ceased broadcast of its exclusive interview with the McCanns. Originally planned as a series of 5 programmes throughout this week, only three programmes were aired – on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
“It should be noted that during the contacts we held with the programme, it had been indicated that it would reflect other information – that until now had never been addressed publicly.” reports Mercedes on the Spanish blog Hasta que se sepa la Verdad (‘Until we know the truth’).
‘I saw Maddie in pyjamas the day after she disappeared’, 25 May 2010
‘I saw Maddie in pyjamas the day after she disappeared’ The Sun
By ANTONELLA LAZZERI Published: Today (25 May 2010)
A DRAMATIC sighting of missing Madeleine McCann the day after she vanished is being urgently followed up by private investigators.
A man has reported seeing a girl he is now sure was Maddie lying in the back of a van.
She was wearing pyjamas identical to the pair Maddie had on when she was abducted.
The vehicle was white – and other witnesses have recalled seeing a white van near the holiday apartment in Portugal from where she was taken.
A child in pyjamas was also seen being carried by a man at the resort.
New witness Carlos Moreira, 65, has told investigators the little girl he saw was with a man and woman who looked like gipsies.
When shown a previously-unpublished e-fit of a suspect, he identified it as being the van’s driver.
A source close to Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry said last night the sighting was “highly significant” and added: “It could be a key breakthrough.”
Maddie, of Rothley, Leics, was three when she disappeared on a family holiday in Praia da Luz, on the Algarve, on May 3 2007.
Portuguese Mr Moreira said he only recently connected his sighting with the Maddie hunt because it was 160 miles from where she vanished.
He was driving from Carregado, near Lisbon, to Alentejo on May 4 when he stopped at a snack bar in the Benavente region at 8am.
He told The Sun: “I saw a white van with the back door open. I saw a girl, lying on a pile of clothes in the back. She was wearing a two-piece pyjama set, pink and white, or yellow. I saw her back, I could see her hands and feet.
“She moved one of her fingers but she was deeply asleep. When the van door was opened, she did not wake up, as if she was drugged.”
“This girl was blonde and looked around four. A woman came out of the back of the van. I noted that a strong and tall man, wearing a suit, was in front of the snack bar.
“He looked like a gipsy. He was with the woman from the van, he was younger than her. He told her off for leaving the van.”
Mr Moreira said the experience stuck in his mind – but he only realised it could be useful when he saw a cop being asked on TV why roads to the north or to Spain were not blocked after Maddie vanished.
He explained: “The road I saw the van on was such a route.”
He said the man he saw was clean-shaven, aged 40 to 42, fat but good-looking. The woman was 60 to 65, fat with grey hair.
The McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “His account is being looked into. He has done the right thing in coming forward.”
McCanns Launch Missing Child Alert System, 25 May 2010
McCanns Launch Missing Child Alert System Sky News
Rob Cole, Sky News Online 10:38pm UK, Tuesday May 25, 2010
Kate and Gerry McCann have been helping to launch a revamped nationwide alert system for missing children.
The parents of Madeleine McCann have campaigned for a system to be operational in the UK since the disappearance of their daughter in Portugal in May 2007.
The network is compatible with other European countries for the first time.
Similar to the amber alert in the US, the system is aimed at raising public awareness if a child goes missing and will also allow police to issue Europe-wide alerts.
Regional and national television and radio stations will broadcast messages, in some cases interrupting scheduled programmes.
The revamped system is being launched on International Missing Children’s Day.
Chief Constable Peter Neyroud, head of the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA), said: “Through Child Rescue Alert the community is able to form a strong alliance to help in the hunt for child abductors when an alert is activated.
“It is fitting that the NPIA should relaunch (the) alert on International Missing Children’s Day, which forms a poignant reminder of the sense of devastation caused to the parents and families of children who go missing.”
Police say the first few hours after an abduction are crucial in locating a missing child.
But they expect the alerts to be rarely issued and will use new computer software to handle the anticipated deluge of calls from concerned members of the public.
The system is being co-ordinated by the NPIA and, in cases where the child’s UK home address is not known, supported by Greater Manchester Police.
Portugal, Spain and the Czech Republic have already introduced their versions of child abduction alerts that link with the European network.
The previous national alert system was established in 2005 and has only been used on a handful of occasions.
An alert can only be issued when the child is aged under 18, there is a reasonable belief he or she has been abducted and could be in imminent danger.
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