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‘New leads’ in Madeleine McCann case

by Brendan de Beer, in Algarve · 23-05-2013 10:09:00 · 9 Comments

British police are eager to question a series of individuals who may be “of interest” in the case of Madeleine McCann who went missing in Praia da Luz in the Algarve just over six years ago. In Portugal, police say the case “remains closed”.

Scotland Yard said last Friday that it would like to question a list of “about 20 people” who might lead to solving what is one of the greatest ever unsolved missing persons’ mysteries.
Detective chief superintendent Hamish Campbell, head of Scotland Yard’s homicide and serious crime command, revealed British police investigating the case in the ambit of Operation Grange, believe they could get closer to the truth should they be afforded the opportunity of speaking to these “person’s of interest”.
“The purpose of the review was to look at the case with fresh eyes and there is always real benefit in doing so. The review has further identified both investigative and forensic opportunities to support the Portuguese”, Campbell said in a statement.
“There is more than a handful of people of interest which could be explored further if only to be eliminated.
“The key things are to investigate the case and our work
is happening to support the Portuguese.”
But Portuguese PJ police have since stated they have nothing to add to Campbell’s comments, reminding national media that the case remains closed and has been since 2008.

Comments

@Natalie. You can´t know anything if they were involved or not. You just speculate. You do not have the facts. Unless it is so you are one of the family Mccanns.
by Lena from Other on 06-07-2013 11:47:00
The McCanns clearly had nothing to do with the disappearance of their little girl. It is obvious, when looking at all the photos of Madeleine, that she was a very loved child. The world is a very sick place, full of lynch-mobs who now fill the internet with hate.

I hope that whatever the case is, that the McCann family find closure at some stage soon. It should be a crime, punishable by serious time in jail, to vilify a family the way some have done to this one.

I wish Kate and Gerry all the very best, and feel deeply for their horrible and unimaginable torment of the human soul.
by Natalie from Other on 15-06-2013 08:06:00
Madeleine was watched, some one at that complex knows something,it was not a busy time of the season and my guess people who worked there have moved to other jobs elsewhere and they are the ones that need finding to re-interview that is if a record was kept of who was employed.
More attention was given to some bar man who gave the world a run down on how much the McCann`s had drank,i am sure he refused the tip`s he got.
by Troy from UK on 28-05-2013 09:39:00
@ Graham Perry from UK. I wonder what Amaral has to do with this? It appears that McCann see ghosts everywhere. Or is it that Graham is very close to the family Mccann. The case can be opened by the McCanns.
by Lena from Other on 28-05-2013 07:19:00
It is shocking when a nation's pride outweighs morality like this. It seems to me that Portugal does not want to admit the extent of error of their police force. All nations should be big enough to transcend politics when the life or death of a small child hangs in the balance. But I believe that won't happen until women rule nations!
by Ava from Other on 27-05-2013 06:04:00
I have been following this case since the beginning and there is nothing more that I would like to see than Maddie being safely reunited with her family. The fact that the case remains open is good news for Maddie and her family and as long as this case remains open the better chance Maddie would be found. If I was a person that new more about the case and was somehow involved with this case I would be seriously worried of being caught out. Good luck and God Bless
by Marc Masson from Other on 25-05-2013 05:19:00
It's time to scrap the outdated protocol in cases such as this. Joint investigative authority should exist so that the 'home' authority can continue their action even if the other party closes the case. Why should a victim's fate be decided by a country he/she was visiting for just a few days?
People-smuggling criminals take advantage of this, knowing they have little chance of being pursued with any efficiency.
by Adrian Cantrill from UK on 24-05-2013 05:17:00
maybe it was a Portuguese policeman that took her - that's why the case is closed as they don't want to be found out otherwise what have they got to hide and why deny a family to be re-untied with their child ?
by Cathy G from UK on 24-05-2013 12:27:00
I am not saying the Porto Lisbon Police who are reviewing Madeleine McCann review in a non - official capacity are responsible for stopping this review going ahead. However I am very suspicious about the attitude of the Portuguese Authority's refusing to reopen Madeleine's case officially. It makes me wonder what is it they are afraid of. Or what are they hiding. Do they still believe the words of one suspended -EX - DETECTIVE - GONCALO AMARAL? Madeleine and her family have suffered enough through these terrible six years of heart ache. You know - what I wished more than anything else on this earth is that the British Police had taken the lead in Madeleine's case from day one - May 3rd 2007, just after 10pm G.M.T. (What do you think)? And yes I believe Madeleine McCann is alive and find-able, thank you.
by Graham Perry from UK on 23-05-2013 10:38:00

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