"We can't even make a consistent prognosis of her fate, including... whether she is alive or dead."
UPDATE JANUARY 2010 THE MCCANNS COULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH CHILD KIDNAPPING AND TRAFFICKING (Pt Prosecutor giving evidence in an ongoing case in Portugal where the McCanns are demanding ONE MILLION POUNDS IN DAMAGES FROM THE OFFICER WHO INVESTIGATED THEM!!!
8 Jul 2011
SOME NEWS OF THE WORLD MCCANN RUBBISH FOR POSTERITY HOW MUCH OF IT YOU BELIEVE IS UP TO YOU!
Is this what it was all about to Murky Murdoch, as the "biggest reward ever was put up", without, it would seem, even consulting Kate and Gerry McCann who have never wanted it or referred to it (i.e. they do not want her found),
The biggest reward ever, or the biggest "story" ever. I have always thought the press longer for another Princess Di and the money it made them, that is what they turned Maddie into. It matter not whether the subject is dead or alive.
Reward for missing Madeleine
Record £1.5m for information leading to Maddie's safe recovery
June 24, 2008
THE News of the World has put up a record £1.5 million reward for the safe return of Madeleine McCann.
Stars and business leaders have donated huge sums in an unprecedented show of support for our Find Maddie campaign - to make up the largest award in newspaper history.
PORTUGUESE POLICE - 0035 1282 405 400
CRIMESTOPPERS - 0044 1883 731 336
NEWS OF THE WORLD - 0044 207 782 1001
After we kicked off the fund with £250,000, Harry Potter author JK ROWLING put up a staggering amount - the largest single donation. But she asked us not to reveal the exact figure.
Kind-hearted JK married a Portuguese TV journalist and her first child Jessica was born in Portugal, a few hours' drive from Praia da Luz where Maddie was snatched.
Her dad Gerry said: "We are very happy and pleased with what you are doing. Anything that can be done to publicise that Madeleine is missing and help with the search is very welcome."
Topshop tycoon SIR PHILIP GREEN matched our £250,000 and said: "I hope this makes a difference."
Virgin's SIR RICHARD BRANSON put up £100,000, saying: "I'd like to appeal as a father to whoever is holding her to please bring her home safe."
Everton football club chairman and theatre boss BILL KENWRIGHT was one of the first people to see pictures of Maddie wearing his club's shirt before they were released this week.
Mr Kenwright, who has pledged a huge personal sum, said: "If it helps towards the reunion it will be the best cheque I've ever written."
Footie chairmen EGGERT MAGNUSSON of West Ham and Reading's JOHN MADEJSKI both gave £10,000.
Ann Summers boss JACQUELINE GOLD donated £100,000, explaining she wanted to get involved after meeting Sara Payne.
She said: "I pray that this nightmare comes to an end soon with the safe return of their beautiful little girl."
Telly star SIMON COWELL promised £50,000, saying: "I heard about the terrible situation here in LA and I hope she is found safe and sound."
Manchester United star WAYNE ROONEY and fiancée Coleen McLoughlin pledged £25,000, telling us: "We are praying for Maddie's safe return and for an end to what must be a nightmare for all her family."
The England cricket team joined in with £20,000. Captain MICHAEL VAUGHAN said: "Our thoughts and prayers are for Maddie's safe return."
Entrepreneur SIR TOM HUNTER pledged £100,000 with EasyJet boss SIR STELIOS Haji-Ioannou and Matalan chief JOHN HARGREAVESchipping in with large sums too.
The Mark Warner company, which runs the Ocean Village resort where Maddie was snatched, said: "We wholeheartedly support the News of the World initiative and anything that helps get Madeleine back."
Our reward offer, which appears in several major European languages on the right, is subject to standard News of the World reward offer conditions.
I tried to get "McCanns fury over Wiki slur" but got this nice message:
strange that, all the rest worked, I suppose it is a police thing, word has it News International are conferring a lot with the London Met at the moment....
Cops new e-fit of Maddie abductor
Met team's high tech image
May 15, 2011
EXCLUSIVE by Matthew Drake
THE face of Madeleine McCann's abductor could finally be unmasked by hi-tech police profiling computers, we can reveal.
A Metropolitan Police case review squad will be given access to key descriptions of potential suspects.
And they will use advanced software to produce a definitive e-fit. I have helpfully reproduced it at the side of this blog.
It is hoped it will produce an image of a man seen lurking near the McCanns' holiday flat in Portugal around the time Madeleine was snatched.
Several eyewitness accounts of the "suspicious" male will be run through the Electronic Facial Identification Technique. The team will be led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood - who snared a Portuguese killer who had been on the run for 15 years.
DCI Redwood will utilise profiling software - available to just five forces worldwide - to mine a wealth of data buried in the original McCann files.
They have never been co-ordinated because several were never put in the public domain by the Portuguese police
A source close to Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, said: "There is a long list of people who were interviewed at the time.
"Several of these spotted a man acting suspiciously around their apartment. It's a good chance this was the same man as many of the descriptions are extremely similar. They have never been co-ordinated because several were never put in the public domain by the Portuguese police. Kate found them only by trawling through the files. She was devastated.
"Now with the review we can pull all these together for the first time."
DCI Redwood will oversee a team of murder squad detectives at London's Belgravia Police Station. Around ten officers will work on the review - with others on stand-by in case of a major breakthrough. A Scotland Yard source said: "Andy is an extremely experienced homicide detective."
Kate, 43, and Gerry, 42, are confident that a single image will galvanise the global search for Madeleine, who vanished in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, when just three.
Last night a private detective hired by the couple was set to give his huge dossier (LOL) of evidence to Scotland Yard.
Our source said the work of ex-cop Dave Edgar "will be of enormous help to the Met for the review".
The source added: "The Met will have the files from the Portuguese and Leicestershire police but Dave's work has been the only real active investigation for the last two years."
Cuts hold up Maddie UK probe
Who'll pay, ask police
By Lucy Panton
August 29, 2010
RIDDLE: Madeleine vanished in 2007 PHOTO: PA
A NEW probe by British cops into missing Madeleine McCann is being held up in a row over funding, we can reveal.
Police forces face cuts of tens of millions of pounds to their budgets leaving no spare cash to pay for what would be a costly re-investigation.
Home Secretary Theresa May held a meeting with Kate and Gerry McCann early this month to discuss the search for their daughter.
Senior officers at Scotland Yard have been consulted about taking on the case. But despite the apparent early progress we can reveal that there are two key stumbling blocks.
No police force can afford to take on the job which could take at least two detectives away from other duties for as long as a year.
A source said: "The real issue that needs to be resolved is who is going to pay for it? No police force can afford to agree to take on the case without knowing where the funding will come from.
"The other issue which is as important to resolve is to ensure that British officers will have full access in Portugal.
"At the moment there is no agreement in place that the Portuguese authorities are going to allow and co-operate with a British re-investigation.
"The review has highlighted the need for a thorough re-investigation starting from scratch. The Metropolitan Police have been consulted and are likely to be given the job, but not until all the problems have been ironed out."
The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, appealed directly to former Home Secretary Alan Johnson and now Mrs May for extra help.
Madeleine was three when she went missing from her family's holiday flat in Praia da Luz in May 2007. This year we broke the news that the Met's Homicide Command have been approached to discuss taking on the investigation.
Jim Gamble, head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, told Labour ministers there were huge holes in the original inquiry.The treasury are set to slash eight per cent of the policing budget for the next three years threatening jobs.
BRITAIN'S top murder cop has been lined up to spearhead a new probe into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, we can reveal.
Det Chief Insp Colin Sutton, 49, who has been involved in some of the UK's biggest inquiries - including the murder of Milly Dowler and the terror reign of the Nightstalker sex beast - is seen as the best man to handle the challenging review.
Senior child protection officer Jim Gamble has asked Scotland Yard to take a fresh look at the three-year investigation.
He blasted Portuguese cops for their handling of the hunt for Maddie - who vanished aged three from her family's Algarve holiday apartment in 2007. Now the Met Police are set to review all leads in the case, using technology and standards expected in a UK homicide or kidnap.
It will delight Maddie's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann. A senior police source said: "They deserve reassurance that everything that can be done has been done."
Maddie: It IS kidnap
Kate McCann insists missing daughter Maddie WAS kidnapped
Kate, I am going to try and help you here, there are two kindPappers and their e-fits are on your PJ file. Word has it their initials are GM and Ro'b HOPE THAT HELPS. XX
KATE McCann yesterday insisted her missing daughter Maddie WAS kidnapped.
She said: "Only the abduction theory is possible because we were not involved in Madeleine's disappearance and she did not wander off by herself."
Kate, 41, also slammed ex-Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral who she and husband Gerry faced this week in a libel hearing over his banned book accusing them of faking Maddie's kidnap and hiding her body.
She wrote on the Find Maddie website: "His theories damage the search for our little girl. There is no evidence that Madeleine is dead and that we are involved in her disappearance."
Maddie, then three, vanished in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007. The hearing resumes next month.