On the ground in Praia da Luz excavations were made and inorganic material deemed of interest was removed by the investigators
by José Manuel Oliveira and Miguel Ferreira
The searches that were initiated last Monday in a large-scale area in Praia da Luz, in Lagos, will be extended for at least one more week.
Scotland Yard and the Judiciary Police (PJ) signalled more than ten sites considered of “interest” to the investigation, two of which were, yesterday, target of excavations to search for the cadaver of Madeleine McCann, the 3-year-old child who disappeared on the night of May 3, 2007, from the bedroom where she slept with her twin siblings in an apartment in the resort of The Ocean Club, at that location, while the parents dined with friends at a restaurant.
The decision to extend operations beyond June 7, as it was originally planned by the authorities, requires only the respective authorization from the Attorney General's Office.
This decision only emerged after objects were removed from one of the excavations sites, yesterday, following the clearance of vegetation of a parcel of land located near the Rua 25 de Abril, in the locality of Luz. The clearance was done by the Lagos Fire Brigade which comprises the Forestry Sappers of Terras do Infante.
DN was able to establish that those objects taken for laboratory analysis are inorganic material considered of interest to the investigation, which can be either clothes or any other kind of objects. For now, these are just hypotheses.
At that site, it once existed a shed, where children used to play. In the sites to be examined, one of which near a wall enclosing a backyard, tents were placed to prevent journalists from taking photos. The sniffer dogs were in action only during the morning, while the georadar continued to be used to detect any traces that could lead to the whereabouts of Maddie.
In the afternoon, and for more than an hour, seven English technicians used picks and shovels in two other locations, one along an old well and the other that had a shrub in the middle, both sites had incidentally been already marked with red and white ribbons also to be subject to searches. The backhoe loader was not yet used.
“After seven years only bones of a cadaver can be found on the ground. In order to prove to whom they belong a DNA test must be performed on the bones themselves”, explained to DN José Anes, former senior expert of the Forensic Science Laboratory of the PJ.
in Diário de Notícias, June 5, 2014 (paper edition, page.20)