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Today and tomorrow Scotland Yard and PJ officers are going to halt the searches. They'll resume on Wednesday on two new locations
By José Manuel Oliveira & Miguel Ferreira
After a week of no results in the searches to find traces or evidence that could explain the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on 3 May 2007, the Scotland Yard officers and the Judiciary Police (PJ) inspectors are going to halt the operation for two days.
Up to yesterday [8th June] they excavated, used sniffer dogs and a geo-radar in a property that was once used for growing vegetables that is now a promenade area in Praia da Luz, all in an attempt to discover information that could lead to the explanation of what happened to the 3 year-old child. Nevertheless and according to what transpired, the outcome of the searches ended up being just some inorganic material that was collected for analysis and a man's sock.
The next phase of this operation, carried out by the British police in the scope of an investigation to find the missing child, will focus from Wednesday onwards on two other sites.
One of the sites is a private wasteland that stretches along four acres from the National Road 125, in an levelled field with some slopes that tends upwards and towards a hill. A site which has, in any case, already been searched by the PJ and the military of the National Republican Guard (GNR) with sniffer dogs, in May 2007, shortly after Maddie's disappearance from the bedroom where she was sleeping, along with her twin siblings, while the parents dined with friends nearby The Ocean Club tourist resort.
Opposite to that wasteland there is a fenced private farm that belongs to a Portuguese man, a land that was not investigated at the time, which, according to what DN found out, will be target of searches in the following days.
Since both sites have much smaller dimensions in comparison with the property that was examined in close detail last week, the GNR team is also going to be reduced. However, only tomorrow shall be decided how many military will stay to ensure the security of the site and in what way.
Yesterday, during the final day of the searches, the English technicians used probes in various areas of terrain located at Rua 25 de Abril, an area that stretches to the seaside, about 800 meters south-east from the Ocean Club. The two sniffer dogs from England went through that area again, and in the afternoon the Scotland Yard detectives and PJ inspectors searched once more a cane field, from where soil samples were taken in bags to be analysed later.
DN found out that the search operation did not produce any relevant indicia to the investigation, including in the areas where approximately 40 manholes were opened so the English police could use a micro camera in an attempt to detect traces of Madeleine McCann.
crackpot Danie Krugel "Madeleine map", but then his "search area" overlaps almost all Luz. We surely hope this is not the basis for the current searches.
It should be recalled that up to now there was in Praia da Luz a total of 40 GNR military officers 24 hours a day, divided into four shifts, each consisting of ten elements, which included a patrol on horseback (two GNR's and two animals) on the field where searches were undergoing. Working in the surveillance of fixed locations, preventing access of journalists and civilians, which included a rapid intervention brigade with two dogs to keep public order in case of need and in a control post on the top of a hill.
in Diário de Notícias, paper edition, 9 June 2014