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McCanns' Mission Impossible: Scaling Down the Search that Never Was or Honey, I Shrunk the Search!

* They didn't have a Portuguese Search to begin with!

** The process was made public on the 21st of July; on the 12 of October Gerry wrote in his blog: "Getting the files translated accurately is a time consuming and expensive process but essential to our search."

*** Speed Reading Courses available - contact the Portuguese prosecutor who read the whole process in 20 days

 By Tom Pegden

The Parents of Madeleine McCann have scaled down the Portuguese search * for their daughter to concentrate on sifting through the official police files into the disappearance.

The couple are continuing to work with a small investigative team - including members with policing experience - to work through the pages of files handed over to them earlier this year. **


The search of data accumulated by Portuguese Police during their investigation has been under way since August and is expected to last until at least the New Year, their official spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said.

It had been thought they would have finished scouring the records by Christmas.

Mr. Mitchell said Kate and Gerry - who live with their twin children Sean and Amelie in Rothley - were still in touch with two detective agencies they had worked with in the past.

Metodo 3, in Barcelona, and Oakley International in the USA, are no longer contracted to the family but he said the McCanns were ready to call them in if and when any new leads appeared.

Last month, the McCanns said they were personally overseeing the job of combing through the 17 volumes of official documents.

Today Mr Mitchell said, "They are still going through the files." ***
"I imagine that will take at least until January or February."

"They are going through them as best they can, although the files are not revealing a great dea, which is depressing in a way.

"But they are still ploughing on and hope they weill have something positive by the end, to take the search on.

"Metodo 3's contract finished months ago, but it is still available if we need work done on the ground in Spain.

"We took out a contract with Oakley International which lasted six months.

"It did a lot of good work ruling stuff out, but is not under contract at present.

"Now, the operation has effectively been taken in-house and there is a small team of people supporting Kate and Gerry - some of them with previous policing experience."

Mr Mitchell said Christmas would be a private affair for the McCanns this year.

There are, however, plans to issue a worldwide television appeal to jog people's minds over the festive season.

An as yet unnamed sports person or celebrity is understood to be lined up for the appeal.

Mr Mitchell said, "We don't know what the appeal is going to look like yet and we're not going to release it until close to Christmas. [10 Days Mitchell]

"Christmas for the family will be private."

Source: Leicester Mercury 15th Dec.2008 paper edition only

Extras by JM and Astro


  1. What the McCanns are reading the Police files for is to find out how much evidence the files contain of their involvement in their daughter's disappearance.

    When are the McCanns and some of their Tapas friends going to be charged? Or are we going to let them continue with the 'abduction' charade?

  2. And still the circus/charade goes on. Another Christmas appeal featuring an as-yet-unnamed celebrity? Really?

    I look forward to the day when the McCanns are legally brought to justice for any and all crimes related to their daughter Madeleine and the investigation into her disappearance.

    Shannon Matthews' mother has been found guilty and Caylee Anthony's mother has been formally charged with her murder. Kate and Gerry McCann, perhaps you'll be next.

    Do you think as each of these other parents are found to be responsible for their children's disappearance and/or death, that the supporters of the McCanns recognize any similarities between the behavior of the McCanns and these alleged guilty parents who pretended not to have known what happened to their daughters? It seems so obvious to some of us.

  3. Correct me if I’m wrong, didn’t the sightings stop once they were declared innocent because they exhibited normal behaviour, i.e. avoiding the police like the plague, hiring detectives to generate false sightings etc.? So I guess we’re due for another sighting and of course what better way to justify an appeal program than to generate a few sightings after the appeal. It looks like we will have to endure this rubbish until they either die or someone has the courage to tell the truth. I have read commentary that they started this charade to save their careers, I have never believed this was the main reason, as far as I know Mrs McCann doesn’t even work anymore. This couple are sick individuals; they need to have constant attention and the approval of the public. The main reason they started all this is because they value their image above everything else and anyone who tarnishes their image will be attacked with a vengeance. I have also read commentary stating that poor Kate McCann is being controlled by her husband, but I have always believed that in the background she pulls the strings. Of course you can’t pull off such a massive charade unless you have people in positions of authority helping you, but why would they help you? It must be blackmail, pardon my language but this couple must be holding a lot of powerful people by the balls. Their rich benefactor once stated publicly that he would support them till he dies, so you can just imagine what must be in the closet.

  4. does anyone know why 3a is not online?

  5. the mccanns and tapas lot are gutter shite.i hope they all rot in hell for all the lies they have told regarding what happend to madeleine.thank you joana and astro for a good site

  6. jajajajaja....they obviously did not find her between the thousands pages of the PJs report....
    Their fall is coming jeje
    Be patient

  7. If they had not failed her by leaving her alone in a strange apartment in a strange country to go drinking with their "friends" she would not be missing and probably dead and we would never have heard or the poor girl.
    They act like victims when in fact they, by leaving her and their other children alone and in danger, are the cause of this whole sad case.

  8. According to P.Reis it might be that Madeleine passed away before the 3th of May. That could mean that going out to dine and wine only was meant to cover up that terrible accident or abuse to death.


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