Portuguese Judiciary Police: "News of the sighting of Madeleine in Spain are utterly False"
Courtesy of ABC.es, inside report at the Unidad Central de Homicidios y Desaparecidos de la Policía Nacional [Central Unit of Homicides and Disappearances of the Spanish National Police]
The Spin Origin
A Malaga newspaper, DiarioSur.es, reported a new, and timely sighting of a Madeleine McCann look-a-like. The journalists Juan Cano and A. Checa, who clearly never read the investigation case files nor have any idea of when the McCann couple started the private limited fund and Madeleine's name and eye trade mark company, wrote the following:
The police investigates a new lead that places Madeleine McCann in Nerja
The General Judiciary Police Commissariat received a request from the Portuguese authorities to verify that information
A clue sent by the Portuguese Police places the girl in Nerja. The Luso [Portuguese] investigators have sent that information to the their Spanish counterparts who have already started to work on it in order to check its reliability, according to what SUR was able to establish.
The communication of the authorities from the neighbouring country arrived to the National Police Corps [Cuerpo Nacional de Policía] about ten days ago by an email with detailed data made by an informant, who claimed to have seen in Nerja a girl with a strong physical resemblance to Madeleine, whose whereabouts are unknown since May 2007.
The investigation is being handled by the Unit of Specialized and Violent Crime Unit [UDEV] of the General Judiciary Police Commissariat, the same squad that investigates, among others, the case of Ruth and José, the two siblings who disappeared on October 8, 2011, in Cordoba .
The agents have already begun to take steps to check this new lead, “as we do with all the more or less reliable information that arrives on Madeleine”, says one source from the Judiciary. The UDEV has a file of pending matters in a 'dossier' with all the data that is available to them about the case of the child.
The Investigation in Spain
Not surprisingly, since her disappearance, «numerous» communications from individuals claiming to have seen the child in different parts of Spain have been made. Nor this is the first time that Malaga appears on that map. Another source that we've consulted said that months ago another information that also placed the girl in Axarquia was discarded.
Madeleine's trace was lost on May 3, 2007 in a hotel complex in Praia da Luz where she was staying with her parents, Kate and Gerry and her twin siblings. The British family was spending a holiday in the Algarve along with three couples, five children and the mother of a friend.
While the couples went out for a drink on the premises of the tourist resort, they took turns to check their children, that were asleep. That night it was Kate who, while visiting the apartment, found Maddie's bed empty only with the the child's teddy bear [sic, Cuddle Cat]. The bedroom window was open.
The disappearance had, probably, an unprecedented media coverage until that moment. The photograph of the small child, then aged three, went around the world, resulting in a flurry of leads of her whereabouts.
During the following days, the Algarve was screened by land and sea in search of the girl. Then the investigation moved on to the interrogations. After investigating several suspects, between them the parents, the Portuguese police released the suspects and archived the case in July 2008 in the absence of progress [The Public Ministry archived the process, not the PJ]. Kate and Gerry remain convinced that a man took her. On the night of May 3, a friend of the couple saw a man with a child in his arms, his sketch was widely disseminated through the media, without success.
When the process was archived, the McCanns launched the Madeleine Foundation [which in fact was started by the former solicitor Anthony Bennett and has nothing to do whatsoever with the McCanns Limited Company aka the Fund] in order to start a web site, a 24 hours call centre to receive eventual tips and hire an investigating team. In 2011, the family published a book in which they speak of the tragedy they have to live with in order to collect money so they can continue with the search.
in DiarioSur.es, April 17, 2012, 13:37 GMT
PJ denies the existence of a new lead regarding Maddie's whereabouts
An official source of the PJ told Radio Renascença that the news about the Portuguese authorities having given leads about the appearance of the girl in Spain have no basis whatsoever.
by Celso Paiva Sol
The PJ categorically denies the news published in the Spanish paper “Diario Sur”,
according to which the neighbouring country’s authorities are investigating a new lead, allegedly provided by the Portuguese police, about the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann.
An official PJ source told Renascença that the news do not have any basis and are utterly false. According to “Diario Sur”, the new lead arrived at the Spanish authorities ten days ago and reports that a girl with physical similarities to Maddie had been seen in the city of Nerja, close to Malaga.
in Rádio Renascença, April 17, 2012, 17:23 GMT
The Regurgitated Spin in the UK media
And a Team McCann press release with slight variations
«Last night the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “They are aware of this report and remain pleased that the police are co-ordinating and following up any leads where necessary.”
He added that they were unable to discuss any operational details relating to police inquiries.»
«McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry are aware of this particular report from Spain. It was absolutely right that the police investigate any potential lead.
“Kate and Gerry remain very grateful for the co-operation of the police in the search for Madeleine.”»
«Yesterday sources close to Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry said they were following developments closely.
They added the pair had no plans to travel to Spain until investigators had examined the information further.»
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Update April 20, 2012
Now we know where the McCann spin started: Maddie Sighting in Nerja by 15 minutes seeking fame teen boy, article by pro-McCann hack, Jerry Lawton
A BRITISH holidaymaker has claimed he saw Madeleine McCann in the Spanish resort where police are searching for her.
Student Billy Sousa, 18, was having lunch with three pals in a bar overlooking a beach in Nerja on the Costa del Sol when a girl he believes could be the missing youngster walked past.
One of his friends shouted: “Oh God, she’s the spitting image of Madeleine McCann.”
The girl, who had dark blonde hair, pale skin and looked “seven or eight”, was with a 6ft, stocky, Middle Eastern man in his 40s with dark hair and stubble.
Billy said when the man saw they had spotted him he tugged on her hand and pulled her away.
But the pals did not report the sighting because the pair vanished before they could get a photo and they thought they would be laughed at.
This week Billy discovered police were searching the resort and passed his information to officers.
He said: “I just wish we’d done something about it there and then.
“There was just something so odd about this pale-skinned, English-looking girl walking along the beach front with a man who was of an entirely different race and appearance.
“The girl was looking around as though she was lost or didn’t know what was happening.
“I got a really good look at her face. She looked just like Madeleine. She was older obviously, but the features were identical.’’
Madeleine disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007, days before her fourth birthday.
Billy, from Portsmouth, was having lunch outside the Olas bar on or around July 18.
He added: “I couldn’t take my eyes off her. She looked like all the pictures I’ve seen of her. The man she was with looked like he was fairly poor, not a drifter but not a rich man.
“One of my friends thought he saw a woman with them but I didn’t. I was too focused on the girl.”
Spanish police swooped on the resort this week after a tip-off from colleagues in Portugal.
Madeleine’s doctor parents Kate, 44, and Gerry, 43, are monitoring the investigation. Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the couple were grateful for any help in the search.
in Daily Star, April 20, 2012