Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Police Spend 3rd Day Searching Home of Suspect in Madeleine McCann's Disappearance.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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LISBON, Portugal — Police investigating the disappearance of 4-year-old Madeleine McCann searched the villa of their only official suspect Wednesday and questioned and searched the home of an associate of his.

Forensics experts spent their third day at the home of the 33-year-old British suspect Robert Murat. Officials said they were also examining computers and cell phones from the villa but declined to specify what they'd found.

Investigators also took in for questioning a Russian man identified by the media as Sergey Malinka after searching his apartment. Media reports said police removed a computer and other items from his apartment, which is located near a church the McCann's frequented.

Madeleine vanished after her parents left her, and her brother and sister, both aged 2, alone in their room while they went to a tapas bar inside the hotel complex in Praia da Luz, a sunny resort town in southern Portugal.

The child's disappearance has been the top story in Britain this month, leading newscasts and dominating front pages. The girl's family has set up a fund to help find her, and celebrities such as soccer star David Beckham have made public appeals on their behalf.


Sky News contributed to this report.

Police swoop on web designer's home.
Press Association
Wednesday May 16, 2007 8:58 PM

Police are investigating a web designer linked to the key suspect in the Madeleine McCann investigation.

Detectives swooped on the home of 22-year-old Sergey Malinka, who designed a website for suspect Robert Murat, in Praia da Luz.

After spending two hours inside, the plain clothes officers emerged carrying two hard drives, a laptop and a black bin bag full of items.

Mr Malinka, who neighbours said was Russian and lived in the town for around seven years, was brought out by the detectives and driven off.

During the search a courtyard surrounding the entrance to his apartment where he was believed to live with his parents, was sealed off.

The search followed the announcement on Tuesday by Portugal's Policia Judiciaria that they now had a suspect.

Mr Murat, who strenuously denies any involvement in Madeleine's abduction, was taken in for questioning by the PJ two nights ago before being released.


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