PJ's Report discards Abduction Thesis
CM reveals content of the document
The main argument against the kidnapper entry through the apartment's window was given by the parents.
Window to small to pass the child through it
Group Witness Contradicted
English Lab withdrew the final results
Dogs scented blood in the house and in the car
Kate and Maddie Clothes had cadaver odour
McCanns Neighbour heard Child crying for more than one hour
PJ couldn’t find child’s body
INVESTIGATION REVEALS ABDUCTION IMPOSSIBLE
Final report describes dozens of diligences and unravels incongruences in the theory proposed by Maddie’s parents
Thirteen months after Madeleine disappeared, the PJ ended the investigation that continues to be marked by uncertainties. The final report, the CM today exclusively reveals, does not determine guilt but leaves new and strong doubts about the theory presented by the English child’s parents. It describes in great detail the diligences done by the investigators – who tried, in every possible way, to confirm their hypothesis – and reveals that it was theoretically impossible to have happened. The witnesses don’t make sense, especially not the way that one of the friends said she saw a man carrying a child almost an hour before the alert about the disappearance occurred. This would be Jane Tanner, who guarantees she surprised the unknown man in a street where Maddie’s father and another witness also were. Both guarantee that they saw nothing, even though they were in the same line of sight. Tanner, who much later made a photo-fit of the supposed abductor, also said that the man carried the child in a horizontal position. The size of the window reveals that this could only have happened if the child were carried vertically.
Being that as it may, the PJ tried through all possible means to find who could have taken Maddie. They did dozens of diligences related to suspects of sexual abuse. Elements were collected about those registered that could have been on holidays in the Algarve during that time period, in order to verify if there could have been any connection with little Maddie.
In addition, all the other residents of the village were investigated. The PJ entered more than 400 houses surrounding the Ocean Club and found nothing. On the window where Kate guaranteed that Maddie was taken no vestiges of the girl were found. Only marks that confirmed the DNA of the girl’s mother.
The PJ’s final report shows the details of an investigation that reached unprecedented levels. A couple was investigated that had allegedly tried to abduct another child, a fine toothed comb was used to research the clues that Maddie had been seen at a gas station. A crematorium was searched and Maddie’s genetic profile was compared to that of a child’s body found on the coast of the United States.
The PJ investigated a supposed beggar and followed thousands of clues around the world. In vain. Nothing confirmed the proposed abduction theory.
The animals detected cadaver odour in the apartment, the stuffed animal and Kate’s clothes
DOGS DECISIVE FOR PJ
British animals [both] agreed on the scent of “indications” in various places and objects
The alerting of the British dogs specially trained to detect cadaver odour and human blood was decisive in making Kate and Gerry arguidos.
Faced with the coincidence of the alerting of both animals, which signalled the same locations and objects related to the McCanns, the authorities were obliged to admit a possible involvement of Kate and Gerry in the disappearance of their daughter and to make them arguidos in order to confront them with evidence which could result in their incrimination – for, as [merely] witnesses, they could not opt to remain silent.
According to what CM has discovered, in the final investigation report produced by the PJ the investigators explained that the animals only gave their detection signals in places and objects related to the McCanns: in the apartment where Madeleine disappeared (in the parent’s bedroom, the living room and next to a side window), in the back patio, the family’s car (rented 24 days after the girl disappeared), two pieces of Kate’s clothes and Maddie’s stuffed animal – the one Kate never released in the days following the disappearance.
In the McCann’s friend’s apartments, in the Luz village and in all the vehicles used by Robert Murat, the first to be made arguido, nothing was found by the dogs.
Given these indications, reinforced by other detailed tests done in Portugal and England, the PJ interrogated Kate and Gerry and made them arguidos.
The animals, Springer Spaniels, are heavily used in the UK in the search for missing people or homicide victims, with positive results.
KATE JUSTIFIES DEATH ODOUR
Kate McCann didn’t negate the fact that her two pieces of clothes and the stuffed animal had been signalled by the English dogs trained to find cadaver odour and justified it by her profession. Madeleine’s mother alleged that as a doctor at the Leicester health centre, she was present at six deaths directly before she came to Portugal on holiday, giving the same excuse for Madeleine’s stuffed animal, that was with her in the months after her daughter disappeared.
VESTIGES OF A CRIME
Two specially trained dogs, used as criminal investigation assistants, detected cadaver odour in the McCann’s bedroom, the living room, Kate’s clothes, the girl’s stuffed animal and the car key, as well as spots of blood in the boot of the car and the apartment living room.
Link for floor-plan of where the dogs found scents big scanned image
Indications of where dogs detected cadaver scent and blood by Nige at the McCann Files
[Note: Diagram above is incorrect as it indicates cadaver odour beside the bedroom window. The odour was actually found outside the patio doors 'in a seedbed of the yard']
Change of Versions: Laboratory no longer was certain
ENGLISH RETREATED ON THE EXAMS
They said the vestiges were compatible with Maddie’s DNA, then later denied it.
Dog’s indications were not corroborated by science
It was the strangest about-face in the investigation. The first exams done by the English laboratory, a pioneer in the analysis of biological vestiges, said it was probable that the residues collected in the McCann’s car were compatible with Madeleine’s genetic profile.
Months later – after the PJ had made the parents arguidos, according to the final report only because of indications that they had hidden the child’s body – the laboratory ended up correcting their initial information. In the end, the exams of the vestiges collected from the Renaul Scénic rented by the McCanns were not conclusive and it wasn’t even possible to determine the quality of the material, that is, to know whether it was bodily fluid or vestiges of blood.
This scientific alteration, still not completely clarified, ended up leading the investigation to a dead end. The utilization of the dogs that detected cadaver odours and blood are not valid within the Portuguese judicial system and it was necessary to scientifically corroborate the dog’s detections.
The PJ’s decision to send the analyses to England was based on a question of credibility. The investigators didn’t want the results to be disputed by the English, accepting therefore that the vestiges should be analysed in that country.
USELESS TRIP TO ENGLAND
In April of this year, Paulo Rebelo and two of the investigators for this process who were trying to understand the puzzle of Madeleine’s disappearance went to Leicester to interview the British who spent holidays in Praia de Luz with the McCanns. From the final report, we now know that nothing conclusive was discovered from these interrogations.
The PJ maintained the same close collaboration with the local police, but from the depositions they brought nothing new. The McCann friends limited themselves to confirming what they had said in the earlier interviews and the PJ left with empty hands from that city just north of London.
Over one Hour Crying
Pamela Fenn remembers hearing the child uncontrollably crying
Madeleine parents never contradicted that it was already a habit for their three children to be all alone inside the Praia da Luz apartment while they dined; a fact corroborated by several witness statements - the Oceans Club employees. Although the parents defended themselves by stating that they visited the children every half an hour, every night, the witness statement of neighbour Pamela Fenn crumbled the McCann couple’s version, when she guaranteed to the PJ that she had heard Maddie crying out loud for one hour and fifteen minutes, two nights before the crime. The British woman lives at the first floor, just above the apartment rented by the McCanns and she told to the inspectors, that on the night of the 1st of May, at 22:30, she heard a child crying, and by the sound it was Madeleine.
She guaranteed to the Judiciary Police that the child was uncontrollably crying for one hour and fifteen minutes, until the parents arrived. The neighbour heard the noise of the door at 23:45, when Kate and Gerry ended their usual gathering with their friends at the Tapas Bar – the Oceans Club restaurant at the pool side, where they had dinner daily. This testimony contradicts the daily routine of visits that the couple declared to have with their children – and the McCanns are not free from criticism by another British woman. Yvonne Martin, a British Social Care worker at holidays in Luz, who also blamed the McCanns negligent behaviour.
Francisco Moita Flores Criminalist
The speculation surrounding the final report of the Maddie case would like to make one believe that the upcoming archival means the PJ have persecuted the child's parents without reason. This is a manipulated falsehood.
The final report of any process does not find innocence nor guilt. Doing this is beyond the reach of the PJ. Their responsibility is just to describe the facts and relationships with the people involved.
The report will narrate all the activities completed since the night of 3 May. It will tell which diligences were done, reveal the steps that took them to constitute as arguidos several players in this story. It will vigorously present the references for the searches, the tests, the diligences with the dogs, the activities done abroad to find the child, the news from the papers, the witnesses who directly or indirectly were involved in the case, the reconstitution of which so much was spoken and never was done. It will describe the facts.
The Public Ministry will have to say whether there was abandonment of minors, whether or not the process should continue with more diligences, or conversely, further develop the homicide theory or, finally, archive with no further delays.
Gonçalo Amaral Former coordinator of the Madeleine McCann Process, interviewed by TVI
‘’I was Kicked in the Butt”
Are you convinced that Madeleine McCann is dead?
Gonçalo Amaral - I do have that conviction. It is an interpretation in the light of the Law based in concrete elements, with the knowledge that I have of the inquest and of the diligences done. Yes, I am convinced that she died there.
If the father and the mother were constituted as arguidos it’s because they were suspects?
GA - They were suspects and there were evidences for them to be constituted as arguidos, actually, strong elements relatively to two types of crime: hiding a cadaver [corpse occultation] and simulation of a crime [faking the crime of kidnapping]. That was public and at the time that I left the investigation that was the situation.
And the crime of abandonment, for what reason aren’t the parents accused?
GA – The issue there is to know if the children were safe or not. For me it’s evident, even because the parents talked about kidnapping, that there was no safety.
Don’t you feel frustrated as the case isn’t moving forward?
GA – I do not feel any frustration over the decisions made in courts. I have been around for many years and I do have a great admiration for the magistrates. I understand up to where the work of magistrates can go.
However you don’t understand why you had to leave?
GA – No, not that. I respected the decision as a professional. There was an understanding between the Portuguese and British authorities that the girl was dead and that there was a need to solidify the evidences that existed and move forward to try to understand where she could be.
Do you believe that the PJ’s reaction had to do with the politicization of the case?
GM – I believe that there was more politics than police [at work]. But on the field we did our best and we never felt any defence [probably meaning defence by the Director of PJ towards the ongoing attacks].
Do you think that it is normal for the case to be archived?
GM – It doesn’t shock me.
Note: Please also read Paulo Reis at Gazeta Digital for more significant details of this interview
On the Side
PJ INVESTIGATES TRANSPORTATION
One of the slowest pieces of the investigation was to collect and analyse all information relative to possible means of transportation/escape, by land, sea or air. In addition, all the images collected from tourists on holidays at that time, but, once again, nothing was found. This information was all compiled in an appendix attached to the process, with another containing just information on those suspected of sexual crimes. The PJ also created a dossier of all individuals with a history of violent crimes, with their lives being examined to the tiniest detail. It was important to determine if they could have had any connection with the abduction.
11 August: Death
100 days after Madeleine's disappearance, and after the search with the English dogs, the investigators publicly admit that the child could be dead
7 September: Arguidos
Based on the results of the scientific team, Kate and Gerry McCann are interrogated again by the PJ and made arguidos
29 November: DNA Tests
Portuguese and English technicians meet at the Leicester Police headquarters to debate the results of the DNA tests collected during the investigation
20 January 2008: Photo-fit
The McCanns release a photo-fit based upon witness statements. Later they will admit that the man in the drawing was not involved in the crime
Paulo Rebelo, the new leader of the investigation after Gonçalo Amaral's exit, was at the Ocean Club several times, from which were collected a variety of vestiges. He was also in England, where he heard testimonies.
door to door interviews at Ocean Club apartments, done by the PJ, are part of 2000 diligences, formal and informal, undertaken during the investigation
village employees were heard by the inspectors in the days following the crime. The PJ also spoke with the 12 GNR officers that went through the apartment on the night of 3 May.
police and civil guard workers were involved in the first 24 hours of the search. On the following day, this number increased to 300.
garbage bins were searched with a fine-toothed comb in Praia da Luz, Lagos, in an attempt to find Madeleine's body.
square kilometres is the area covered in searches by all the land forces during the first days, in addition to the Maritime Police.
Source: Correio da Manhã
*Translations By Debk and JM