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Recourse to the dogs was advised by British expert - Jornal de Notícias

The British [man] was determinant for the turnaround in the Maddie case. He walked around in the Algarve for several days, looking for evidence

An English expert who counsels the police in cases of missing persons, abduction and homicides was determinant for the turnaround in the Maddie case, dictating the call for the dogs that detect cadaver and blood odour.

Mark Harrison was called into the Algarve by the Portuguese investigators in mid-July, and according to his report, in his investigation he only had to consider the possibility of Maddie “having been murdered and her body hidden in the areas that were searched by the police and located near Praia da Luz.

The request for help appeared on the 20th of July, and for days Mark Harrison carried out recognition trips, walked through various areas of Praia da Luz, at night and during the day, consulted with several colleagues and experts and rode a helicopter.

Throughout 13 pages, the English expert advises the use of the dogs that detect cadaver and blood odour, namely inside the apartment that had been used by the McCanns and in Robert Murat’s house. Facing the possibility that the little girl might have been buried in that area, after being killed, Mark even suggest that the investigators consult with a forensic anthropologist, as well as a careful investigation about the natural necrophagous predators of the area.

The report, which has now been made public, reports on the change of direction of the investigation line into the disappearance of Madeleine. “Other opportunities are now being considered, of new searches into locations, given the possibility of her (Maddie) having been murdered and hidden in the surroundings”, Mark Harrison refers, stressing that this “would be the proportional and appropriate response, given the period of time that elapsed since her disappearance, and the former experiences in similar cases”.

This document, which was accepted by the Public Ministry of Portimão, allowed for the dogs that detect cadaver odour (Eddie) and blood (Keela) to come to Portugal for two weeks. Despite the requests from the investigators, the Public Ministry ended up not finding it useful for the dogs to carry out tests in the McCanns’s house in England, and in the residences of some of the friends that were in Praia da Luz on holidays.

The media exposure that surrounded the so-called Maddie case disturbed “the course of the investigations, directly and indirectly”.

This is assumed by the prosecutor of the Public Ministry in Portimão, who in the closure dispatch assures that the “verdicts” that were prompted by the so-called “trail by newspapers”, which never represent a “fair trial” had an effect of “diverting attentions”.

In some sectors, the Public Ministry adds, they even assumed “aspects of a global media orgy and a feast of anticipated guilt over the participants in the process that have arguido status, with a disrespect for the dignity of the person, including that of the missing child herself”.


source: Jornal de Notícias, 08.08.2008

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