The English Investigation has not yet looked at the "loose ends" left by the Portuguese investigation
by Cláudia Lima da Costa
Maddie's disappearance was always looked at from two angles. The English programme 'Crimewatch' strengthened the English perspective into Madeleine's disappearance. Scotland Yard once again places at the heart of the investigation the abduction thesis. Yet, from Maddie's disappearance there are several other informations that continue to point in other directions. All of them were left out of the recent BBC programme and allegedly of the investigation.
Chief Inspector Andy Redwood states in the programme that they looked at the process "from scratch." The material that is being analysed was gathered by the Portuguese police and by the British police in the original investigation when both police forces worked together.
The main conclusion of the [current] English investigation, to date, focuses on the elimination of a picture that was created based on Jane Tanner's testimony, one of the friends of the couple present at the dinner. The woman saw a man carrying a child, but the English police has come to reveal that this "suspect" was in fact a father who had gone to get his daughter from the crèche.
According to the English, this finding allows changing the 'timeline' of the events and setting the hour of the disappearance close to 22:00 (time of Kate's alert). According to English investigators, this had hitherto been the main line of inquiry. But not by the Portuguese police, who soon found inconsistencies in the abduction theory. It should be recalled that the picture was released by the McCanns, in October 2007, when Maddie's parents were still arguidos. For the British, the new discovery opens a window in the period of time, between 21:15 and 22:00.
In the reconstitution of the BBC, something the PJ could never do in Portugal, due to the impediments placed by the group [Tapas 9], there are details that are omitted, namely the fact that Gerry and Jeremy were, according to their initial statements, talking close by the rear window of the apartment at the time when Jane Tanner passes by. In the reconstitution, this information is not mentioned and there is only a brief reference to Maddie's father conversation.
A detail that is part of one of the lines of the investigation which held that Madeleine, upon hearing his father's voice in the street, would have leaned towards the window and fell off the couch, hitting her head. At that spot, a trace of blood was found, which has never been confirmed as Maddie's, by the British dogs. This is, indeed, a whole part from the investigation that is not in the BBC programme.
The abduction theory now focuses on the sighting that existed at 22:00 and from which the English police unveiled a new e-fit. The pictures were actually created in 2008, according to what the British confirmed to i newspaper, and are based on the testimony of the Smith family who have always said they were 80% sure that the man carrying a child was, in fact, Gerry McCann.
The PJ eventually ruled out the possibility of being Gerry, since at that time some witnesses claimed that Maddie's father was in the Tapas bar. However, in the final report, the PJ points out that doubts remained given the contradictions in the statements of the group. The English police retrieved the Smith's statements and the pictures that had already been done to find out who was the man carrying a child at 22:00.
The final report which led to the archival of the process and to the innocence [removal of the arguido status] of the McCanns leaves some loose ends in the investigation. Gerry financial accounts that could never be investigated, the mobile phones that could never be listened to, calls and text messages erased and contradictions in the testimonies of Gerry and Kate. Elements that the British police, despite having begun the investigation from "scratch", is not following.
TVI 24, October 17, 2013
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