Maddie Case: English detectives search suspect's DNA
Photo of the 5 English forensic experts on their way to INML's meeting by Ricardo Almeida/Cofina
Investigation of the British authorities intends to re-analyse the samples that were collected in the apartment from where Maddie disappeared in 2007
by Cátia Vicente and João Mira Godinho
The English police want to do further tests to the material that was collected in 2007 in the apartment from where Madeleine McCann disappeared in May of that year.
Scotland Yard is searching for the DNA of someone that might have been in the apartment and that may be linked to the suspects identified in the investigation of the British authorities.
Three English detectives and a technician of a British forensics company conveyed that intention to those in charge of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (INML), with whom they gathered yesterday [15th] morning in Coimbra.
After the meeting, Francisco Brízida Martins, the president of INML, confirmed that the British police had shown willingness to do "further analyses" and that they wanted to learn about the "procedures used" in "the genetics and biological tests", in order to understand how the samples collected [in 2007] were analysed.
Scotland Yard believes that the technological developments of the past seven years may now allow the discovery of the DNA of a possible suspect. However, the CM knows that, upon reviewing the history of the analyses performed during the PJ investigation, the British were unable to say which additional tests they intended to perform.
Nonetheless, Brízida Martins admitted that the current technological progress allows to extract more information and said that the INML is "available for new tests", but for that to happen it must be "ordered by the judicial authorities". In order for the samples to be re-analysed, the English detectives must write a new letter rogatory. The repetition of the analysis to the material can then be performed in Portugal or in England.
The meeting was attended by an expert in analyses from a British forensics company. In England this type of tests are carried out by privates.
At the meeting were also Judiciary Police inspectors and technicians of the Forensic Science Laboratory of the PJ.
Return to England
Three English detectives, lead by Andy Redwood, should return to England today.
Paedophile linked to the case was extradited
An Englishman, who would have been, at the time of Maddie's disappearance in the Algarve [see next post for refutal] was extradited from Malta - where he was living - to England, for suspicions of being involved in a paedophile ring and for the abuse of two minors, young girls, in Brighton, UK, according to what was divulged by the UK newspapers yesterday.
Roderick MacDonald, 76 year old, had been detained by the PJ of Olhão [South Portugal] in 2010, at the behest of the Australian authorities for the abuse of two other children, also girls, in Australia and in New Zealand.
Since suspicions were raised regarding the possibility that he would have been in the Algarve when Madeleine disappeared in 2007, the man was linked to the case, however, the national authorities stated that there are no suspicions of crimes committed by the man while he stayed in Portugal.
Presence of a 6th person in the apartment
Scotland Yard believes they may find the DNA of a sixth person in the Ocean Club apartment in Praia da Luz, Lagos, where Maddie was staying with her parents and twin siblings. She disappeared from the apartment on May 3 2007 - nine days before her 4th birthday. At the time the Forensic police examined the apartment and collected hairs and biological vestiges, which were then examined by the INML. The results did not indicate anything suspicious. The English believe that the technological progress might reveal the presence of an abductor.
in Correio da Manhã, 16 Oct. 2014, paper edition, pag. 16 [online short version here]
Broadcast by CMTV, 16 Oct. 2014
CMTV News anchor - Madeleine McCann [case] DNA samples, that were collected in 2007, are going to be re-analysed. The request was made by the Scotland Yard detectives that are in Portugal investigating the case.
Cátia Vicente [voice over] - Most of the biological vestiges collected in May 2007 are in this building and may now be retested yet again at the request of Scotland Yard. In a meeting that lasted about three hours the English police wanted to know the methods of the Forensics Institute when they performed the analyses of the samples.
Francisco Brízida Martins [INML director] - The English police authorities understood they should receive an explanation about the methods used by the Institute at the time when the analyses were done, at an early stage of the process, those were genetic and biological tests, extensive analyses, in fact, this process that came to the Institute was the most tested to the day.
Cátia Vicente - The technology progress in the last seven years may bring new answers. In order for the samples to be re-tested the English detectives will have to send a new letter rogatory requesting the analyses.
Francisco Brízida Martins [INML director] - The Institute is naturally available to perform other tests, observing that, everything must be ordered and decided by the judicial authorities, that is, within the scope of the inquest that is ongoing in Portugal, thus by the Public Ministry and eventually within the framework of judicial cooperation if requested by the English authorities.
Cátia Vicente - The re-analyses of the samples might be done in Portugal or in England. The technique and the methods will be the same as the ones used in 2007, however the technological progress currently allows to extract and obtain more information.
Francisco Brízida Martins [INML director] - The procedure will be the same, the result, however, can achieve - we're talking about markers, for example - today we can go beyond and achieve better results. That is the result that eventually can be found, we can go further today than we were able a few years ago.
Cátia Vicente - The coordinator of the English investigation, Andy Redwood, refused to make any comments about the meeting, where experts from the Forensic Science Laboratory of the PJ and inspectors from the Judiciary Police of Faro were also present.