The Smiths’ Sighting
Map of Praia da Luz
The McCanns’ apartment was located on R. Prof. Agostinho da Silva – the Ocean Club swimming pool and the McCanns’ apartment are clearly visible just below the road name on this map.
The sighting by the Smith family took place on R. da Escola, which is marked on this map – just below and to the left of the Ocean Club complex. The actual point of sighting was just below the final ‘a’ in the ‘R. da Escola’ road name on this map.
Most likely route taken from Apartment 5A
This map marks in red the most likely route taken, if the man seen by the Smith family was Gerry McCann and the starting point was the McCanns’ apartment.
It is possible that another route may have been taken – straight down the R. Primeiro de Maio and then right into R. da Escola – but that route would have increased the likelihood of being seen, being on a main road and presumably reasonably well lit.
The route above appears to offer the greater degree of privacy as it passes waste land, is not overlooked by apartments or houses and would presumably have been considerably darker than the main road.
This map shows the point at which the Smith family met and passed a man carrying a child.
The red line indicates the route of the man, the black line indicates the route of the Smith family, who were returning from Kelly’s Bar.
The alternative route
This is the alternative route into R. da Escola if the man had walked straight down R. Primeiro de Maio and then turned right.
Close up of R. da Escola
This picture gives a close up of R. da Escola. The meeting took place roughly half way up this road.
The zig-zag building on the left can be clearly seen in the photograph reproduced from ‘The Truth of the Lie’ above.
Aerial view of possible routes
This photograph shows the two possible routes to R. da Escola, if the starting point was Apartment 5A.
The red route is the route already indicated on the map above. The yellow route is the route taken by going straight down R. Primeiro da Maio and then turning right into R. da Escola.