20 April 2009
English Simulate 6-year-old Maddie
"The hair slightly longer, the face less chubby, the mouth and nose slightly larger, but her wide and innocent eyes are still the same". This how the forensic computers expert Jovey Mae Hayes - from techniques used by the FBI and the US Police in the investigations to missing and abduction cases - describes Madeleine McCann, as if alive, two years after her disappearance.
by Tânia Laranjo/João C. Rodrigues
The image was published yesterday by daily 'Sunday Express' and should be publicised in the famous Oprah Winfrey TV program, in the United States. Gerry and Kate will travel to that country in the coming days, but the program is likely to be a recorded show. It is to be broadcasted on May 3rd [actually is on 4 of May], to mark the two years since Maddie was last seen in Praia da Luz.
Letters in Lagos
In Praia da Luz and in all of the villages within the Lagos region, images of Madeleine have been received over the last few days. The campaign was launched by the parents and its purpose is to bring the child’s image to the Algarve again. The result is far from what the McCanns expected. In Luz, there’s not a single poster – and the few that are put up, are removed by the residents within few hours.
In Lagos, the population was not happy to see their mailboxes flooded with photos of the child. “I don’t know how they still have so much money. Photographs of the little girl have been placed into every mailbox. People received letters from a company, asking them to search for the child again”, CM was told by Alda Almeida, a shopkeeper in Luz who doesn’t hide her discomfort about the campaign.
“I met the little girl two years ago. She was sparkly and she would always enter my shop. At the beginning, I also put up a poster on my door, now I don’t do that anymore. I don’t believe the parents, I think they know full well what happened with the little girl. They should tell and put an end to this”.
Attorney General receives emails asking for investigation
Over the last few days, several emails have been received at the Attorney General’s Office, asking for the Maddie case to be re-opened. The TVI documentary that was broadcast last week ended up giving fresh breath to the process, that has been archived at the Court of Portimão.
Pinto Monteiro has not pronounced himself after that, and it is not likely for the Polícia Judiciária to investigate again what happened to the English child. Unless some new fact becomes known or information about the possible whereabouts of the child’s body emerges – a theory that was defended by the PJ’s investigation and which led the parents to being made arguidos.
Meanwhile, the McCanns are also making a documentary, for an English television, in which they will defend the abduction theory again.
Robert Murat holds lectures about journalism
Two years after having been made an arguido over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, Robert Murat has returned to his normal life and holds lectures about journalism in England. The Anglo-Portuguese citizen continues to live in Praia da Luz, less than 300 metres away from the Ocean Club, where the little girl disappeared, and has returned to his normal life. Vivenda Liliana has suffered profound renovations, due to the millionaire indemnity that the British press paid him. What used to be a visibly degraded house is now a luxurious villa. Murat is regularly seen in Luz.
152 Euros per Work
The firm who simulated the current image of Madeleine McCann, Ageprogression.org charges 152 euros for each work. At this point they are doing a promotion for half the price, however it is unknown the value paid.
Elvis and Cobain on the List
In addition to helping the FBI, the Ageprogression.org edits photos of celebrities who died or disappeared with commercial purposes. Elvis Presley and Kurt Cobain are the brand images of the company.
source: Correio da Manhã, 20.04.2009