This is a very interesting article which seems to support my own theory that Maddie was abducted by someone close to the family. The Police had the e-fit of this British looking person but had not released it to Kate and Gerry. I wonder if it was the one on the right of this blog by Mr Flack for example. I bet Gerry would have had such a fright to see such a good likeness to himself. The vital stuff is missing from the DVD, that is for sure! A premeditated act and meticulous planning, yes, I know Gerry!
Police admit: 'We don't know if Maddy is alive'
By SAM GREENHILL and NEIL SEARS in Praia da Luz
Last updated at 23:07 07 May 2007
As criticism of the investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance mounted, a leading detective has admitted that he was no longer confident she is alive.
At a chaotic press conference, Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa, who was drafted in from Lisbon to take charge, said: "I have not facts to sustain that the child is alive or not.
"We're searching for the child and until the moment she appears we can say nothing more because we are not magicians."
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Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa speaks at the press conference
Asked whether she was still in the region, as local police had claimed at the weekend, he added: "I haven't enough evidence to say."
He even declared that there was still no proof she had been kidnapped. "It's not 100 per cent sure this is an abduction," he said. "This is being treated as the disappearance of a little girl - but obviously we haven't ruled out the possibility that she has been abducted."
A sketch of a suspect and other details had to be kept secret, even from her family, said the officer.
"Due to the limitations of Portuguese law, which is very restrictive, we are not able to reveal anything regarding this case. And in this instance there is also the danger of hampering the investigation."
Despite this, a Portuguese ex-detective claimed Madeleine's abductor is likely to be British and known to her family.
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Interpol has reportedly joined in the search for Maddy
According to retired inspector Jose Barra da Costa, sources within the Judicial Police believe the three-year-old's kidnapper might be from the UK and are using a working description suggesting someone of "English appearance".
On Portuguese TV, however, he declined to say precisely what that meant. And while his claim might ultimately prove true, it is based on the flimsiest of evidence.
Critics have questioned whether police were in fact trying to divert attention from their own failures in the investigation.
Mr Barra da Costa, now a criminologist, said there is a feeling that a Portuguese criminal was less likely to have carried out the meticulous planning that apparently went into the abduction.
A police e-fit of the abductor pointed to a British perpetrator, he added. "I believe the person best placed to carry out this kidnap could be an British acquaintance of the family who knew what steps to take to carry out his plans. It was a premeditated act by someone who left nothing to chance. Knowing Madeleine would have made it easier.
"He could have told her he was taking her to see her parents and stopped her putting up a struggle.
"The e-fit was produced with the help of witness statements from people who claim to have seen someone in the area who resembled a British person."