He insisted the “back from the dead” reappearance of Jaycee – and the cases of Austrian cellar girls Elisabeth Fritzl and Natascha Kampusch – confirmed his suspicion.
And despite fresh leads taking his probe to Australia and Barcelona, the east Belfast man insists the golden-haired youngster is being held just 10 miles from where she was snatched in Praia da Luz two years ago.
But he warned that the sprawling wilderness where he believes Maddie is languishing is almost impossible to search completely.»
«He feels this is the lone prowler who has Maddie stashed in a cellar or dungeon in the lawless villages around Praia da Luz.
But Dave warned: “This rural, sprawling terrain makes it extremely difficult to search. You could quite easily keep a child there for years and no-one else would know.
“The person who has Maddie is most likely a paedophile or a person so desperate for a family they were willing to kidnap for it.
“I wouldn’t like to speculate on what is happening to her.”
Dave says the region where he feels Maddie is being held has attracted many strange characters, including convicted sex offenders.
“I don’t want to generalise or make gross exaggerations, but there are people there living on the edges of society,” Dave said.»
Sources: Belfast Telegraph and The Independent, 13 September 2009
However in today's Find Madeleine McCann Fund site update allegedly written by the mother of the child, who according to Dave Edgar is being held captive just 10 miles away from Praia da Luz, says:
«We travelled to Praia da Luz yesterday afternoon.»
« Early this morning we went to the lovely little church of Nossa Senhora da Luz.»
«Although our pain feels much rawer here, it is comforting at the same time since we feel closer to Madeleine.»
«We then walked down to the rocks on the beach, with its crashing waves and sense of vastness and freedom...»
«For the rest of today we are planning to catch up with some very good friends.»
Make your own conclusions.