4 March 2010

Girl in shop image 'not Madeleine'



A young girl resembling Madeleine McCann captured on CCTV film in a New Zealand shop is not the missing girl, police has said.

Officers in the country said they had identified the girl in the image, which was published in a series of British newspapers yesterday as a potential sighting of Madeleine.

A statement from New Zealand's National Police headquarters said: "Police have identified the child and family thought by a retail assistant to be missing British girl Madeleine McCann. She is not the missing British girl."

The CCTV footage was taken in a Dunedin shop in December 2007, and showed a child hand-in-hand with a stout man wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts.

Details of the incident were included among 2,000 pages of previously secret case documents held by Portuguese police which were released to British newspapers this week. They contain dozens of possible sightings of Madeleine after she disappeared from her family's holiday flat in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, in May 2007, just before her fourth birthday.

New Zealand police said previously they had investigated the Dunedin image, but were unable to get any further information.

Acting Southern Police District Commander Inspector Dave Campbell said he was not going to identify the girl in the picture.

He added: "New Zealand Police are mindful of the stress on the McCann family from possible sightings of their daughter worldwide."

Other leads in the newly-released Portuguese police dossier include a report of a small blonde girl being dragged along the road to Faro airport in the Algarve - an hour's drive from Praia da Luz - on the night Madeleine vanished.

Another details how a young girl who looked like the missing child was seen being held at gunpoint on a French motorway by a half-naked man in August 2008.

from The Press Association, 04.03.2010

A shop worker claimed she had seen the toddler just months after she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Portugal.

But Dunedin police have confirmed she is actually the child of another family.

Acting Southern Police District Commander Inspector Dave Campbell said police will not name the family, or provide any details of their identity.

"We ask that media outlets remove the image portraying the child and family from their coverage to protect the privacy of the family.

"New Zealand Police are mindful of the stress on the McCann family from possible sightings of their daughter worldwide," Inspector Campbell said.

Police say they will make no further comment. in Sky News

56 comments:

  1. Are we surprised?

    Roll on the next one. Let's get that over and done with too!

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  2. Thank you and thank heavens for sense.

    "Acting Southern Police District Commander Inspector Dave Campbell said he was not going to identify the girl in the picture."

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  3. Of course it's not her, hence the reason this was placed in a file saying " not relevant."

    Why don't the media listen to the Potugeuse police?

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  4. Will the New Zealamd police oneday sue the McCanns for wasting police time?

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  5. well theres a suprise NOT. its come to some thing when the selling of papers comes before the telling of the truth.thank god we have the internet and Mr Amaral and all the bloggers who have read the files to know the MCCANNS ARE LIARS.

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  6. What a load of bull shit . It is obvious to even the trolls these bogus sightngs have led nowhere as Madeleine is still missing doh...

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  7. One sighting a day...

    Keeps a dead child away :(

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  8. is it possible to rise from the dead?

    mojo

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  9. No.3 - we are singing from the same page! At least DCI Campbell is protecting this little girl and her family from this absolute farce, despite the fact the little girl's face has been splashed all over the red-tops. Personally, if it was my daughter, I would be suing all and sundry over the invasion of my child's identity/privacy. The McScams would appreciate where I was coming from, wouldn't they?

    But just to clarify everything, could every little blonde/mousey haired girl in the world please go through a police line-up/DNA test to give these two corrupt, time wasting, unfit, pathetic, murdering excuses of "parents" a little more of the celebrity lifestyle.

    I have never looked for "our" Maddie and never ever intend to as this entire story has stunk from the very beginning. The sooner these two are put away, the better for all concerned. And, (ps), anyone else connected with them should also be jailed for aiding and abetting criminals and committing fraud on jo-public.

    Oh yeah, I lost my (insert appropriate belonging) when I was on holiday. You can donate to my fund on...

    Shameful, shameful people. Just absolutely SHAMEFUL.

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  10. If this Article was published in the same newspaper as the previous one...
    But no... and the McCanns knew it would come... but the same people that read the previous ones is not reading this one. Thats the McCanns strategy!

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  11. 9. Totally agree. The way the Mccanns are using innocent little girls in favour of their own innocence, is significant!

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  12. Salsa said... 7
    "One sighting a day...
    Keeps a dead child away"
    Nice one.
    ...Keeps Mitchell in pay
    ...Keeps Edgar in pay (etc, insert family members and Fund trustees as necessary)
    ...Keeps the Prison at bay
    ...Keeps the Papers away
    ...Keeps us going till May

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  13. There's a lot of noise...but this time it seems to be coming from the media.

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  14. I have done a small survey with the people who come to help me with my mum - six people a day - not one of them has read Goncalo Amarals book but not one of them believe Madeleine is still alive!
    None of them actually follow the case but all said when it first broke and it was in their face all the time that they were very suspicious of the parents and all the lies and misdirection, one said it was all very fishy - I said that was the sea bass! None could believe that six doctors were all prepared to leave their children alone whilst they went to eat.

    When I told them about all these sightings they fell about laughing and when I showed them "the sun" they could not believe their eyes.

    We all agreed poor little Madeleine did not deserve those parents

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  15. WHEN WAS THIS IDENTIFICATION MADE? Yesterday, in the 2 0r 3 previous days or as far as back when the "sighting" ocurred, in 2007? This clarification should have been made, because if it was made in 2007, then why all the media frenzy about it now and most of asll why have a NZ tv channel state that the police had questioned the witness once again now??? Somebody needs to explain this very well, Mitchell and the McCanns and the british media have to be exposed for the liars they are!

    "New Zealand Police are mindful of the stress on the McCann family from possible sightings of their daughter worldwide."

    And what about the stress for that poor girl and her family, who were exposed to the world in this manner?!
    And what about the shaming of the PJ?
    Apologies are in order from the media and the McCann spinning machine!

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  16. As I understand it, this is a file containing old sightings which have been followed up at the time by police forces around the world, but it is being presented by Team McCann as a file of sightings which the PJ have discounted without having followed them up at all.
    This is an obvious ploy to discredit the Portuguese police and Mr. Paiva and his colleagues in particular. I trust that the judge is taking note of the McCann methodology with regard to the staging of their 'fake' search and will throw out the ludicrous claim that Dr. Amaral's book is somehow involved in hindering that 'search' at the next opportunity.
    Meanwhile every 'new' sighting which is re-investigated and found to have been already adequately investigated, evaluated and discarded in line with international police procedures, is another nail in the McCann coffin.

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  17. Anon.#3, exactly! Thank goodness for that! At least this child will be spared the media hounding, I remember what it was like for the little blond moroccan girl and her family, the poor thing had nightmares for a long time, afraid that the "christians" were coming for her and take her away from her mum and dad!
    Well done NZ police!

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  18. Mark Williams Thomas is now calling for a reconstruction by the PJ and for the McCanns to answer all unanswered questions

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  19. And so the saga goes on!

    If the McCanns and CM are saying that all sightings that could be relevant are investigated, what about the 'Smith' sighting, which they have never mentioned and which is the most famous sighting of all!

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  20. If I were head of the PJ I would be suing Kate and Gerry for libel and slander,how dare they repeatedly criticise the PJ for letting their family down x(

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  21. I have a niece who is the double of the aged photo whored around by CEOP. If I were to EVER see a photograph of my niece in the press due to the sick games of the Mccanns I would sue their pants off and make such a stink in the press that they would wish they had never started this circus.

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  22. I see that NZ police are now asking for this image to be removed, to protect the privacy of the family, but thanks Joana, for bringing this story to the attention of this site. Yet another family whose privacy has been violated by the McCann team.

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  23. Nice one Petermac! I too agree it will all be held off until after May 6th.
    T4two- they are now purveying the George Burke sighing as news. Don't journalists ever go back to sources for info., namely, the PJ files?

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  24. Why are the British press being allowed to print photographs of innocent little girls, who are supposed to be Madeleine lookalikes and their families in newspapers? Its a form of harassment.

    I also believe that the Portuguese police and Goncalo Amaral are being harassed by the McCanns, Clarence Mitchell and the British media. Why are they being allowed to get away with this kind of behaviour? Why aren't the Portuguese police standing up for themselves?

    The McCanns should be eternally grateful to the Portuguese police, for allowing them to get away with their part in Madeleine's disappearance.

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  25. This is just another diversionary tactic from the PR machine, public opinion has turned against the McCann’s and is get stronger, during the court case against Dr Amaral’s book, people who gave the McCann’s the benefit of doubt, started to question the McCann’s version of events when they heard senior Police officers say in a court of law they believed Madeleine was dead and the McCann’s had simulated an adduction, the McCann’s can’t fool the people anymore they’ve seen the Police files, what is nauseating is the British Media’s implication in this farce

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  26. http://www.prweek.com/uk/news/988072/Conservative-Party-recruits-McCann-spokesperson-head-media-monitoring/

    The ugly rumour has become a reality.

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  27. As the media will pre-write a live person's obituary ready for publication at their demise... so will ALL the press have written and tucked away their stories for when the inevitable happens. That is when the truth comes out that the McCanns were reponsible for their daughter's death. Be this an accident or deliberate. Copy for news media is written way ahead. How can this couple live with the fact that tucked away for the future are these sensational articles...which they can't get their hands on!! they should be having horrendous nightmares!!and be very scared.

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  28. MWT calling for a reconstruction? Interesting.

    I'll keep saying this ad nauseum, the key is Tanner seeing Gerry and abductor at the same time. Is this what she said first time - if she chnaged the timing and included Gerry later, then it is a clear attempt to put Gerry and abductor in the same scene. It doesnt take a genius to work out why she might want to do that, does it!

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  29. I think the McCann's can only bring discredit upon themselve's with this charade. When the irrelevance of all this information is brought out in the open, the McCann's will be finished and have to crawl down a deep hole.
    The PJ achieved a damn sight more than any other investigator's involved in this farce and its about time they got some credit for it. Who have bettered their efforts? No one.
    The McCann's tactic's are so obvious, denial of involvement, denial of wrong doing, criticism of the PJ and Enlish dog's, persistance in claiming there's no evidence Maddy is dead or harmed. But, if they were involved they would say that.
    If involved and I believe they are, they must be so certain that Maddy will never be found or that if she is it cannot be linked to them, I have to wonder what terrible fate befell her.
    Although I find most Doctor's very strange people and alien to the rest of society, I have difficulty in believing they may have destroyed there own daughters little body in such a way it would be unrecognisable as their little girl, but how else could it have been done?

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  30. http://www.3news.co.nz/Madeleine-McCann-sighting-not-missing-girl/tabid/423/articleID/144753/Default.aspx?ArticleID=144753&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+co%2FuJPz+%283News+-+National+News%29

    poor NZ polie seem to be getting blame in the comments - but at least they had the nous to ask that pictures be removed to protect this little girl! Never seems to worry the Mccanns.

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  31. Clarence as Head of Media Monitoring for the Tories!? What are they thinking of? I'll be onto my Tory MP as soon as this is confirmed, to register my horror.

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  32. Anon 31 - there's already a comment on PR week article to effect will not vote Tory again! www.order-order.com has featured the article too.

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  33. Well I could tell it was not the missing child. Hope all this oopla doesn't affect her family when they go out together again.

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  34. Mail - enviado ao director do jornal Expresso, hoje às 11h53m


    Exmo Senhor,

    Ontem, o Expresso publicou uma notícia que informava que Madeleine McCann tinha sido vista na Nova Zelândia. Faça o favor de actualizar as notícias em nome do bom serviço ao público leitor. O Expresso tem que ser um jornal sério e não tomar partidos. Não pode dar meias notícias. A criança avistada não era (como já todos esperávamos) Madeleine McCann. Deixo-lhe notícia actualizada. "in Sky News"

    Cumprimentos,

    Alexandra Correia



    A shop worker claimed she had seen the toddler just months after she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Portugal.

    But Dunedin police have confirmed she is actually the child of another family.

    Acting Southern Police District Commander Inspector Dave Campbell said police will not name the family, or provide any details of their identity.

    "We ask that media outlets remove the image portraying the child and family from their coverage to protect the privacy of the family.

    "New Zealand Police are mindful of the stress on the McCann family from possible sightings of their daughter worldwide," Inspector Campbell said.

    Police say they will make no further comment. in Sky News

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  35. Outro mail enviado ao jornal Público

    Exmo Senhor,

    Ontem, o Público publicou uma notícia que informava que Madeleine McCann tinha sido vista na Nova Zelândia. Faça o favor de actualizar as notícias em nome do bom serviço ao público leitor. O Público tem que ser um jornal sério e não tomar partidos. Não pode dar meias notícias. A criança avistada não era (como já todos esperávamos) Madeleine McCann. Deixo-lhe notícia actualizada. "in Sky News"

    Cumprimentos,

    Alexandra Correia



    A shop worker claimed she had seen the toddler just months after she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Portugal.

    But Dunedin police have confirmed she is actually the child of another family.

    Acting Southern Police District Commander Inspector Dave Campbell said police will not name the family, or provide any details of their identity.

    "We ask that media outlets remove the image portraying the child and family from their coverage to protect the privacy of the family.

    "New Zealand Police are mindful of the stress on the McCann family from possible sightings of their daughter worldwide," Inspector Campbell said.

    Police say they will make no further comment. in Sky News

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  36. 8-} "Madeleine" has been sighted so many times that surely Amaral's theory ought to be wrong! That must be the idea - a very Freudian exercise of guilt projection. "As long as someone takes the blame (e.g. the "stupid" Portuguese) we (aka as the McCann's) don't feel so guilty about it all (Lacan's "Mirror's stage").

    One thing is for sure, as long as their PR campaign goes on, false Madeleine sightings will keep popping up like mushrooms.

    But the more the years roll by, the less likely their theory becomes. Anyway, it is all to "prove" the Portuguese police in general and Amaral in particular are "stupid" for venturing beyond their official version of events.

    Given the McCann's stubborness, brace yourself to put up with them for the next 15 years.

    They are already talking about this other "girl" that resurfaced 18 years after being abducted. Well, that (assuming the dogs failed for the first time in more than 200 cases) could be possible but...

    With all the noise they have made, any psychopath with the IQ of a chimp would have hidden her for private use deep down in a dundgeon.

    Too pessimistic? OK. Try the Amazon rain forest or deep in the Sahara desert. Siberia?

    ----------------------------------------------------------------

    A PERSONAL MESSAGE TO THE McCANN'S:

    There are too many inconsistencies in the case for us to believe in you exclusively. Most of us favour Amaral's theory even if some still give you the benefit of a doubt. I do.

    Perhaps you ought to write a book explaining all the inconsistencies, the doctored statements, etc. Telling it to us as it was. Not as you told the PJ.

    Incidentally, that would be a more honest way of making a million or two. Although stealing is not a deadly sin (wrath and pride are), it is nonetheless against God's 8th commandment. It is in that bible. Remember?

    ac

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  37. I said yesterday I could tell it was not the missing child and that this family could be traced. I will let them know about the others, if I get to see the other photos, as well.

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  38. How many more families have to be put through this scrutiny before the McCanns admit what they did to Madeleine?

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  39. I can't believe that the press is harassing more and more innocent families just to sell papers and to push the McCanns agenda.
    Don't the editors feel any shame? Oh well I think I know the answer to that question....
    I wouldn't be surprised next thing we would learn Madeleine bought ticket to the first Virgin Space flight..

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  40. Im sure if a child goes missing every possible link is followed up adn every child that resembles that child is looked at. On Sky news I see a mom in tears about her little boy that went missing. I see her tears I hear her voice and look at her face and not for a split second do I doubt that her little boy has been taken. Its just her and the camera no erms s wooshes, and windows of opportunity. She answers questions through the tears as good as she can. All these possible sightings of Madelein is just to try and make Mr Amaral look bad and to imply that the Portugese Police did not do their job properly. All police failed cause if they didnt The Mc cann couple would have been behind bars for child neglegance if noting else. There is no justice in this world left if they are not held responsible for leaving 3 children on their own. And all their efforts to make the world look bad in finding their child is just to take the enormous attention off of themselves.They must be dead tired thinking out all these ways to get at peple and take people to court. I am sick to my stomach of these two and can not understand why they can carry on with this circus like this. Someone please step in and make this stop it is sickening and a bad exsample to the world about the English.

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  41. Tal como todos prevemos.... Uma pista que morreu ao nascer. E assim de pista em pista, os Mccann vao cavando a propria sepultura. Vai levar algum tempo... 2000 paginas retiradas das files, se em cada pagina houver mais de uma pista, ha materia para alimentar os pasquins dos jornais ingleses dia a dia, durante uns anos. E quando todas as pistas morrerem? CA ESTAREMOS PARA OS VER CAIR NA SEPULTURA QUE TAO FERVOROSAMENTE CAVARAM.... Entretanto ja o tempo tera permitido um flash de luz nos cerebros dos mais fanaticos PRO, fazendo-os ver o que esta em jogo desde o primeiro minuto de Maio 2007. Ainda havemos de ver a Sky e os seus jornais satelite a reportarem avistamentos de Maddie na Lua, em Marte, noutras galaxias, noutros mundos. VAI SER UM FARTOTE.
    Se pensavamos que ja tinhamos visto o circo todo, aguardemos porque agora devem estar reservados os melhores espectaculos.

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  42. How strange I can see that little girl has a pot belly that Maddie plainly did not have and is also shorter than Maddie was but suggest to the public this actually may be her.

    The British press who print this rubbish and the McCanns deserve each other because they are all going to finish up looking stupid.

    The report also confirms something else I think is obvious, it is the job of the country where the so called sighting took place to investigate it, not the Portuguese Police. Or should we open them up a Fund so they can employ PJs to go jet setting off across the world on a McCann inspired jolly?

    Anyway I am pleased Ricardo Paiva is collating all of the McCanns lies and propaganda, the evidence against them continues to build.

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  43. Hey McCanns: Porridge. Get it? P-O-R-R-I-D-G-E, Porridge.

    Will the UK press ever learn? What game do they think they're playing at, actively participating in this smear campaign against the Portuguese Police? And where are they coming from with these ridiculous suggestions that because they do not know the finer details of the police investigation this amounts to the police doing nothing? But I like it that it was pointed out that the 'private investigators' have no legal authority - because it is still the police EVERYONE is going to have to turn to in the end.

    This rubbish is just so serious that every member of the public who gets splashed across newspapers without rhyme or reason should SUE FOR ENDANGERMENT. That should put an end to it because all those involved, including those working behind the scenes, will finally realise the true cost of their irresponsibility. SUE THE BUGGERS.

    This must be a last ditch attempt to pressure all the powers that be to call for ("order"?) a REVIEW - and not the reopening - of the case. But we will watch it spectacularly backfire. Thank you, New Zealand Police authority for protecting the rights of the litle girl pictured and her family and putting some despicable people in their places. They know who they are.

    It's time to put an end to this circus. REOPEN THE CASE. They dread the prospect of being reconstituted arguidos - pride. REOPEN THE CASE.

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  44. So Ricardo Paiva and the PJ were correct when they filed this as 'not relevant to the investigation'. That's because they were doing their job properly, I assume a huge public apology will be made by the McCanns now...I assume this was the best and most important of the 'sightings'? So now can we please reopen the investigation so those competent, experienced people at the PJ can get the job completed?

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  45. PeterMac said... 12
    Salsa said... 7
    "One sighting a day...
    Keeps a dead child away"
    Nice one.
    ...Keeps Mitchell in pay
    ...Keeps Edgar in pay (etc, insert family members and Fund trustees as necessary)
    ...Keeps the Prison at bay
    ...Keeps the Papers away
    ...Keeps us going till May

    ...For another birthday

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  46. A esta velocidade o dossier estará despachado mais cedo do q pensava.Team mccann já não é o que era.E pouco a pouco se provará que a pj estava certa ao descartar cada uma destas "pistas".Mais um tiro no próprio pé dos mccann.E bem merecido.

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  47. Just think of all the people who have had their world turned upside down because of these pair of sociopaths,Madeleine,the twins,Murat,Murats mother,all of the families who happen to have a young blonde daughter and who just happened to be living their lives as normal then along comes the press with dubious looking Madeleines,Mr and Mrs Smith who saw Gerry allegedly carrying Madeleine towards the beach that night,Martin Grimes who was visited by Gerry after the dogs had been to the apartment,(wonder why that was)then the Portuguese people who have read how inferior their police are to those upstanding leicestershire police (who don't even bother to send the Gaspars statement for eight months)I wonder why the Gaspars haven't been heard of since that statement,did gerry pay them a visit ,and all the other people who have been put in the frame,then there is Goncarlo Amaral who had and still has the guts to say what he knows to be true,driven out of his job after many years just because he was too close to solving this case,i feel so bad for him and his family,of all the people the McConns have tried to destroy he is the one who i hope gets justice for himself and for Madeleine,i hope the McConns rot,they swan around the world ,on oprah,and doing their rounds on the tv stations,acting out their fairy tale,and not one British journalist questions that fairy tale,poor Madeleine thrown away like a peice of rubbish,not even given a final resting place,and not one British journalist cares.I for one am going to switch off from this sad case,because the McConns are just too protected and untouchable and i can't see that ever changing,i feel the only way the McConns and the tapas lot are ever going to face justice is if Madeleines body is found and i think it will never happen.

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  48. Anon 18,where did you read about Mark Williams Thomas asking for the reconstruction and for the McConns to answer all unanswered questions.I saw him on Gmtv a few weeks back and he said then that the McCanns should coperate fully with the Portuguese Police,yet at one time he never questioned their fairy story,perhaps he now is beginning to believe not all is what it appears to be in the McConns la la land.

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  49. When the McCanns are charged in Madeleine's death Mitchell will be the first to desert the sinking ship claiming he was used and manipulated by the McCanns. Just watch. The end can't be that far away. What's happening with the Jane Tanner story? Anyone know the latest?

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  50. @9 and @ 11.

    I couldn't agree with you more number 9! So eloquently said!

    I will add to it... the McC's media circus annoys me MOST when they jump on the back of other people's suffering. i.e. other missing children who have GENUINELY been abducted; and they have to stick their oar in and get their tuppence worth. i.e. "Don't you other people out there forget our 'abduction' also."

    I watched the Oprah Interview on the mccannfiles the other day and it was most revealing.

    KM said to Oprah: "How do you prove your innocence?"

    WHAT?! What an odd statement. It's simple: You ARE actually innocent and have the evidence to back it up. Not JT's dodgy, ever-changing story of a man with no face, to a man who looks like Stig-of-the-dump, or is it a woman after all?! How about answering questions fully in a police investigation? How about taking part in a reconstruction? How about complying fully with the authorities? How about NOT getting on a plane and fleeing to the safety of England once 'Arguida' status is in place? How about actually telling us something of substance now 'judicial secrecy' no longer applies? How about getting those overpaid P.I's out to the 'lair' in PDL and finding MBM? How about NOT playing tennis or jogging in the days after said 'Abduction' and actually 'looking' or is that the responsibility of everybody else on Earth?

    These people totally bemuse me. I feel so much for MBM. Keep up the good work Joana. This blog is fantastic; you're doing the job the UK media are too scared (or being prevented) from doing. Innocent questions in a free country scare the hell out these people? Why? 'Defamation' is not a good enough excuse.

    May the truth one day be known.

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  51. Anon 48
    http://twitter.com/mwilliamsthomas
    scroll down and click: more.
    He said it in there.

    TTS

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  52. resposta ao mail enviado pelo @ 35

    Cara leitora,

    Agradeço-lhe imenso que tenha reportado a falha, entretanto a notícia já foi actualizada e explicitada da melhor forma.
    Sempre que tiver críticas relativamente a este ou outros assuntos disponha.

    Cumprimentos,

    Hugo Mamede

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  53. ya mean it's not her???? Nooooo, really?

    Did you know, "gullible" isn't in the dictionary?

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  54. No.50 - thanks for your comments re my previous post (No.9). I was interested to read re Oprah as I have never watched the show and was somewhat surprised by Oprah's having them as guests...maybe I should watch it but I feel a bout of tourettes coming on just thinking about it!

    "No stone unturned"? If I was them I would be so ashamed of myself I would be living under the stone, only peeking out occasionally to get "genuine" updates from the police who, of course, would have arrested me and quite rightly so - that would be after my mother had totally disowned me (her words).

    As I have said, I feel sorry for the child but, honestly, what about the children who have genuinely been abducted, the abused children, the neglected children, the starving children, the latchkey children, the child carers, the bullied children...on and on and on...and that's just in the UK.

    They have their poster-child, but what a price to pay - eternity with the hounds of hell - WOOF WOOF.

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  55. Am I correct in saying the McCanns asked for the case to be closed, so they could not only have their arguido status removed, but gain access to the Portuguguese files?

    Am I correct in saying that the McCanns were told that once this case was closed, the Portuguese police would no longer be investigating Madeleine's disappearance?

    If I am correct, why was information being sent to Portugal regarding these sightings, who was sending it and why are the Portuguese police not defending themselves against yet another claim by "Team McCann" and the British Media, who are inferring that they are incompetent.

    If the Portuguese aren't careful, their silence, will invoke a compensation claim from the McCanns.

    It seems to me that the parents of innocent children, who have been paraded in newspapers, mainly the front page, seem quite happy for their children to have this kind of publiciy. I have never seen one parent complain, unless of course they too have been silenced. By a nice payoff.

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  56. Course it's not Maddie. Maddie is on the telly in Canada singing in a choir. Or being held up at gun point in France. Or hanging around with Victoria Beckham. That Maddy, she's got up to such japes, no wonder she didn't want to stay with her parents, she's having much more fun since she ditched the losers.

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