- Spanish Detectives clues are useless for the Maddie Case
- McCann couple paid investigation with money from the “Find Madeleine” fund
|Francisco Marco Fernández, Método 3 Boss|
by Oscár Queirós
The investigators of Scotland Yard, who are again working in the case of Madeleine's disappearance, came to the conclusion that steps taken in recent years by the Spanish detectives hired by the McCann couple have helped very little or nothing at all towards the discovery of what happened to the girl.
The detectives from the “Método 3” agency were paid with money from the “Find Madeleine” fund and the data they collected had always as basis the assumption of the abduction thesis, defended by the parents of the child who disappeared in the Algarve on May 3, 2007.
Four members of the English team that are investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann were in Barcelona, at the end of last year, where they have collected dozens of boxes filled with documents. Francisco Marco, in charge of “Método 3”, told [on a Spanish TV broadcast] that those documents contained “six, seven or eight very important leads”.
At this moment, according to what JN was able to find out, the investigators are re-analysing every data pertaining to the case and they have already played down the importance of those “leads”. They have, therefore, chosen to concentrate all their efforts in the process that was archived in Portugal in July 2008.
It should be recalled, as JN has reported previously, the Judiciary Police (PJ), trough a team from Oporto's directorate, has been cooperating with the English in a re-assessment of all the investigation data.
According to the Spanish newspaper ‘El Periódico de Cataluña’ [14 December 2011], Scotland Yard seized the opportunity of that Spanish trip to hold meetings with the Spanish Police and the Guardia Civil. This was confirmed to JN by Portuguese sources who explained that those meetings took place due to the keenness to not overlook any avenues of the investigation, namely the possibility of abduction, even by the proximity of Portimão with the Spanish border.
Seven friends of the McCann couple to be heard
Scotland Yard wants to listen again the seven friends that were on holidays with the McCann couple in the Algarve in 2007. That will be done after the translations of the statements that they gave to the Judiciary Police are completed and after the making of the “virtual reconstruction”.
in Jornal de Notícias, page 11, March 18, 2012, paper edition
Barcelona based Método 3 private detective agency, owned by Francisco Marco was substituted by the now FBI sought for alleged fraud and money laundering Kevin Halligen (facing extradition since 2010) - all PI's were hired by the McCann couple. Video excerpt of an interview with Mr. Joseph Moura, who investigated the Maddie case for CBS 48 Hours Mystery in 2007 (previous to the Portuguese Public Ministry release of the case files)