In three years the English police has spent over 10 million euro
Marisa Rodrigues - Sniffer dogs, sophisticated equipment, reputed experts - Scotland Yard bet everything on this vast wasteland at the 25 de Abril street, in Praia da Luz. Three years of investigation, seven days of searches, which end in the same way as when they were started: without clues as to what happened to Madeleine McCann.
At the beginning expectations run high - numerous spots were deemed as of interest, even the period for the searches was extended to open holes, lift manhole covers of the sewerage system but with each passing day, discouragement ensued and the reduction of personnel followed.
After halting the operation for two days [10th June is Portugal day, a national holiday] the search teams will move on to two other sites outside the village urban perimeter.
The [English] thesis which sustains the searches is that Madeleine was murdered because she woke up and surprised a group of thieves that broke-in in the Ocean Club apartment.
It's a thesis that makes no sense whatsoever to the Judiciary Police, especially because there was no indicia of a robbery ever taking place seven years ago in the apartement, nothing was burglarized, nothing was stolen from the apartment where Madeleine was left alone with her youngest siblings, while the parents dined with their friends.
The image is by Jorge Belo, Marisa Rodrigues, TVI.
Broadcast by TVI, 8 June, 2014