15 September 2009
Madeleine McCann Held in 'Lair' says ex cop Dave Edgar
According to Belfast Telegraph the ex policeman hired by the McCann couple has revealed his most chilling theory yet. That Madeleine McCann is imprisoned in a hellish lair only 10 miles from where she disappeared in Praia da Luz and warned that the sprawling wilderness where he believes Madeleine is languishing is almost impossible to search completely.
With that description anyone would believe he's got some hard evidence,....a photograph, a hair, some DNA found just 10 miles from Praia da Luz....but no his theory is based on cases such as Jaycee Lee Dugart and Austrian cellar girls Elizabeth Fritzl and Natascha Kampusch.... which he says has confirmed his suspicions. How their stories confirm his suspicions is beyond understanding, if anything their stories give hope that other missing children may turn up alive somewhere one day...it doesn’t signify that Madeleine is held in a lair 10 miles from Praia da Luz.
The article goes on to mention Dave Edgar’s leads took his probe to Australia, failing to mention that turned out to be a complete red herring, and also to Barcelona, which turned out to be another red herring linked to the first red herring. All this can send any sane person dizzy trying to work out how any of it is significant to the search for Madeleine.
But apparently the journalists for the Belfast Telegraph spent the day at the Cheshire office he uses to conduct the world’s biggest missing person case, where he “revealed the grim theories when he opened his case files to them.” Which is what exactly?
The article goes on feeding the reader with expectation.... “Sunday Life can now lift the lid on how his [Dave Edgar’s] Alpha Investigations Group private eye agency really operates and it’s like to search for the world’s most famous missing younger.....” Gripping stuff, explosives words “lift the lid” and “really operates”..... but don’t hold your breath because after that explosive opening it then repeats itself by returning to the beginning of the article and back into the cases of Jaycee Lee Dugard and how even then Dave said he’s convinced Maddie was entombed by an abductor in a cellar or dungeon, like Austrian cellar victims Natascha kampusch and Elisabeth Fritzl.
But not to be put off the article explodes again with “There was further backing for his theory....” Which is? A shoe found near the sprawling wilderness? No, another story of another child being found this time Ricky Chekevdia who was found with his mother in a tiny “secret room” two years after he was kidnapped while in a custody battle. Another red herring.
“He still feels Maddie was snatched by a man spotted by the McCanns’ friend Jane Tanner, one of the so-called ‘Tapas Seven’ who dined with them the night Maddie went missing. Dave said: “Jane is a very reliable witness and there were other sightings of this man, who Jane saw carrying a little girl in a blanket, in the days leading up to the disappearance.” He feels this is the lone prowler who has Maddie stashed in a cellar or dungeon in the lawless villages around Praia da Luz.”
No matter how hard I try I just can’t understand how he’s blowing the trumpet of Jane Tanner as a reliable witness when he ditched her description for the more favourable “Victoria Beckham lookalike” at the time. Now that’s turned into a farce he’s back to Jane Tanner and no doubt will ditch her again when another description of another suspect who looks nothing like her description comes along.
But "there’s a glimmer of hope, he says, a body hasn’t been found and when paedophiles kill they often dump the body nearby and this isn’t the case here.”
Very true, but so do other killers and often return later to move the body to another location. But being an ex policeman he’ll know that.
“Even if Maddie had been dumped in the sea nearby the resort, the ocean often gives up his victims.” Says Dave Edgar.
But what about a weighted body tossed from a boat in the middle of the ocean? Would the sea give up its victim then? Not always according to this article (Beyond the Water Grave- PDF ) where they watched how a weighted pig decomposes in the depths of the ocean. The whole article is really interesting but I’m skipping right to the end where it summarises:
"Its [the pigs] soft tissues disappeared 21 days after it was sunk, completely devoured by marine life. Only its bones remain poking out of the sand. These too will gradually decompose as they are demineralised by the saltwater. But if Dave Edgar did his research he’d know that too.
So all in all a lot of space used up in the Belfast Telegraph article but nothing new or eye opening. They could’ve saved more time by just writing:
"Although Dave Edgar has no evidence to back his theory, he believes Madeleine is being held captive in a basement or cellar 10 miles from where she disappeared in Praia da Luz and will give a conference when he has something more substantial to report."
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