Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3, 2007 while her family was vacationing in Praia da Luz, Portugal. The Portuguese police name Maddy’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann suspects in her disappearance.
Now after all this time and an investigation that provided no answers as to the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann, the Portuguese police are releasing Maddy’s file containing almost 30,000 pages of evidence from the investigation into the disappearance of the little British girl. Presently, the case is closed, Portuguese prosecutors announced on July 21 that they were shelving the case due to lack of evidence.
The case of missing Madeleine McCann was a fiasco from day one. The mistakes, errors and bungling by Portuguese police put the investigation on par with that of the Natalee Holloway case in Aruba. According to released documents,Portuguese detectives lied to Gerry McCann about DNA evidence three days before they interviewed them and made them suspects in their daughter’s disappearance. It is obvious from the outset that the police looked to pin Madeleine’s disappearance on the parents as cops claimed this room contained the “smell of death” and traces of Maddie’s blood — allegations scientists found completely unfounded.
Gerry and Kate McCann pleading for help for missing daughter and ask for EU form of Amber Alert
But detectives went on to tell Mr McCann, during an eight hour interrogation, that his daughter’s DNA had been found in the boot of the vehicle, which was rented more than three weeks after she vanished.
A friend of the couple said: “It was pretty clear they were seeking a confession and were prepared to do this (put forward false information) to achieve that.
“Serious questions need to be asked about why this was put to Gerry as fact. It was sloppy at best and deliberately manipulative at worst.
“A number of senior officers went down the route of making assumptions and suppositions and trying to force a confession to something that didn’t happen.”
Times UK on Line: Madeleine McCann police files to be made public
It was here the little girl slept on her holiday, next to the cots of her baby brother and sister, twins Sean and Amelie.
Until now, nobody has been allowed to see the police photographs taken inside Apartment 5a of the Mark Warner Ocean Club in Praia da Luz.