Authorities are now investigating the pedophile direction in the case of missing Madeleine McCann vs. accusing the parents of harming their their own child. A British paedophile, whose name has been known to police since May, with links to Portugal was yesterday revealed as a potential suspect in the Madeleine McCann investigation. As we celebrate the holiday season and Christmas, the McCann family states they will not be celebrating Christmas as they face it without 4 year old Madeleine McCann.
Authorities are investigating a known British pedophile as a possible suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, The London Daily Mail reported Sunday.
The suspect is one of 52 British pedophiles with links to the Portuguese resort where the McCann family was vacationing when 4-year-old Madeleine disappeared from her hotel room while her parents were dining at a nearby restaurant, the Mail reported.
The suspect, whose identity has not been revealed, is the only person on the list of pedophiles who has not been cleared in the case. (Fox News)
A source told Sky: “They (Portuguese police) were given the names of 52 sex offenders and they’ve worked very hard to find them and rule them out as suspects. There is still one man they are concerned about.”
It is not known if the man – whose name has not been revealed – is the same individual alleged to have ‘groomed’ and sexually assaulted a 12- year-old British girl in Praia da Luz two years ago.
The British ex-patriate, 32, vanished after being interviewed by police over the claim and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He was rumoured to have fled to Britain but could have returned without detection to Praia da Luz, where his parents own a business.
Dozens of paedophiles on the British sex offenders’ register travelled to Portugal in the month before Madeleine’s disappearance in Praia da Luz on May 3.
The list given to Portuguese police was compiled by officers from the London- based Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre.
The programme features forensic expert Professor David Barclay, who says it is unusual for children of Madeleine’s age to be abducted by paedophiles.
He said: “There are two options. She (Madeleine) came to harm at the hands of some member of the family or of friends, or that it was some paedophile who happened to be passing by. Both are really, really unlikely but we know she’s gone.
“Abduction for sexual purposes of children is eight, nine, 10-year-olds. It is really, really unusual to want to take a child of three-and-a-half.