Maddie case: British TV channel speculates and speaks of a new suspect e-fit
Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt, hourly live updates using NSY premises as a background
Sky News reported yesterday that the British police had a new e-fit of a suspect, however Scotland Yard when contacted by i stated that it was “speculation”
by Carlos Diogo Santos
British TV channel Sky News broke the news that the British police had a new e-fit of a suspect in the case of the disappearance of Maddie McCann, however the English Police assured to i that it was just “media speculation”, adding that “no further information about the case would be given.”
In the scope of this investigation, the British have requested some steps to be carried out in Portugal; i found out that the Judiciary Police is fulfilling the rogatory letter and that so far there isn't a deadline for the completion of those proceedings.
The British television referred that the English police had already prepared an e-fit of a person who was near the house from where the child disappeared, but no other details on the possible nationality or even about the age of the suspect were given. i contacted the British police, who gave a short reply: “There has been speculation in the media, but for now we will not give further information about the case."
With the end of the investigations in Portugal in 2008, Scotland Yard decided to open an independent investigation. In the past few days the English have insisted that a new team was constituted in Portugal - composed of six elements - to support [back/work for] the ongoing investigation in London, but i knows that these elements from the Judiciary Police are only fulfilling the rogatory letter. In addition to the rogatory letter sent to Portugal, Scotland Yard have requested proceedings to 30 other countries.
Madeleine McCann disappeared from a tourist resort in Praia da Luz, days before her 4th birthday, on the night of 3 of May, 2007. She disappeared from the bedroom where she was left by her parents - who were dining at a restaurant with their friends - her younger siblings, the twins were also in that bedroom.
The Portuguese judicial authorities constituted three arguidos in September 2007: the parents of Madeleine McCann and Robert Murat [in May 14, 2007], a British who lives in the Algarve. However, on July 21, 2008, the Attorney General's Office determined the archival of the case, which spelled the end of the investigation. It was in this context - and after several political pressures were reported - that the London police decided to open an independent investigation. With access to the whole process, the British initiated an inquiry.
Five days ago, DCI Andy Redwood, responsible for a team of about 40 people working on this case, stated that the British police were trying to find out the owners of phones identified has being in the area at the time of the disappearance.
The phones data base, he said “had already been investigated, but not with this level of detail”. Back in June, the British police announced that there were “38 persons of interest” that they would like to question, among which several Portuguese.
Newspaper i, October 10, 2013