Posts Tagged ‘Disappearance of Madeleine McCann’

mccann-suspects-729-620x349

This is the man British police are desperate to interview in relation to the kidnapping of Madeleine McCann in Portugal. He was seen near the McCann’s holiday accommodation carrying a young child.

Although the two faces look different, police are convinced it is the same – German speaking – man, seen in and around the resort before Madeleine vanished on May 3rd 2007.

Her disappearance sparked a global search that gripped the world’s media but, despite extensive appeals, her fate remains a mystery and a Portuguese police inquiry (which erroneously targeted the McCann’s themselves) closed five years ago.

On Monday a British team of detectives, who began a new investigation in July, said they pieced together a new sequence of events suggesting Madeleine was targeted by abductors.

They said they wanted to trace a number of men, including some thought to be either Scandinavian or German, while another line of inquiry is she was taken after disturbing burglars.

“Madeleine McCann’s disappearance does, on one reading of the evidence, have the hallmarks of a pre-planned abduction,” Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood told BBC’s “Crimewatch” programme which broadcast a new reconstruction of the events.

British police have also reportedly arrested a man after he boasted at a party of having recently seen Madeleine on a Mediterranean island.

However, it appears the man was arrested for reasons unrelated to the child’s disappearance from her family’s holiday apartment.

Britain’s Sunday Mirror newspaper reported a week ago that a barrister had given a detailed statement to police after attending a party in Manchester where the man made the extraordinary claim.

The man boasted that he had been introduced to Madeleine on the island this summer. She was in the company of another adult.

Madeleine McCann

The barrister said he took the claim seriously because of the level of detail.

The Sunday Mirror reported that the man making the claims was arrested during the week and computers were seized.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police told the paper “a man was arrested … on suspicion of possession of drugs and conspiracy to distribute indecent images of children”.

He was bailed pending further inquiries.

Madeleine McCann’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, are interviewed on the BBC for a program that will air on Monday night in Britain.

Police in August released this image of how Madeleine McCann might loom today. If alive, Maddy is today 9 years old.

madeleine mccann today

It has now – tragically, unbelievably, shockingly – been six years since Maddy McCann disappeared in Portugal. If she is still alive – which may well be true – the young girl will now be 9 years old.

This is what she would look like now.

Madeleine McCann

Have you seen her? Imagine her with different hair, different hair colour. Does she look anything like any kid you know? And if not, keep your eyes open!

British police have identified 38 “persons of interest” in their search for clues about what happened to Madeleine McCann, a young girl who disappeared in May 2007 from a holiday resort in Portugal.

Twelve of the individuals are British. The rest are from a variety of European countries, the Metropolitan Police Service said Thursday.

Critically, the police also said Thursday that Madeleine could possibly still be alive.

“Over the coming months we will be conducting assertive (inquiries), with the assistance of host countries to establish more information about the individuals concerned and any potential involvement,” the police said in a statement. They also said that the case has moved from a review status to a full investigation.

“This process has been complex and issues such as translation of material have presented particular challenges,” police said in a statement. “To date, some 30,500 documents have entered into the process.”

The review has “generated new findings and new witness evidence.”

McCann vanished from a vacation home in Praia da Luz, Portugal just days before her fourth birthday. British police said that they are in close contact with her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, who remain active in the search for their daughter.

“We remain as determined as ever to find her and to know what has happened,” Madeleine’s parents wrote on FindMadeleine.com on May 2, 2013, the day before the sixth anniversary since her disappearance.

FindMadeleine.com is a website dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help locate Madeleine.

Associated Press and others