Madeleine McCann likely dead, says attorney-general
...'Publicity may have killed Maddie'...
MISSING British toddler Madeleine McCann is most likely dead largely due to the huge amount of publicity surrounding her disappearance, Portugal's attorney-general says.
Attorney-General Fernando Pinto Monteiro told Portuguese magazine Visao that it would be "natural" for a kidnapper to kill the four-year-old.
“There is a greater degree of probability of the little girl being dead than being alive," he said.
“Would an abductor, with the whole world having Maddie’s photo, still demand a ransom?"
Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were “extremely distressed” by the comments.
Their spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, told The Sun newspaper that Mr Monteiro's comments were not helpful.
“We still firmly believe that she is alive,” Mr Mitchell said.
“From our point of view, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, the possibility that Madeleine is be held somewhere is still valid.”
A Portuguese newspaper has claimed that police are preparing to shut down their investigation into the toddler’s disappearance.
A police source reportedly told 24 Horas newspaper that detectives were giving up on the search.
“We are practically back where we started from,” the source said.
“The parents are still the prime suspects in hiding their daughter’s body – not of her death, which was probably accidental.
“But there is not firm proof.”