Wednesday, May 9, 2007



Currently there is not a lot of new info in the Madeleine McCann abduction.

The Portugal Police are under fire for their response or lack there of. As most of you know by now, the Portugal Police developed a composite sketch of the abductor, but refused to release it.

I am not a Law Enforcement Officer, but this seems lacking of real Police skill. I also understand the reason LE did not release the composite. They are fearful that the abductor will kill Madeleine. I do not get any joy from criticizing LE, but if the goal is to find Madeleine, a sketch would certainly be recognized by those that might know the abductor. If LE has a POI, that is always the best place to start.

Madeleine police under spotlight
By Alison Roberts
BBC News, Portimao

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As the search for three-year-old Madeleine McCann continues, Portuguese police are coming under growing pressure, not only to come up with results, but to release more information about their progress. Early criticisms by family members that the national guard in the nearby town of Lagos were slow to launch the search have since been played down, and the McCanns have thanked all involved for their efforts.

But, after the local polícia judiciária, Portugal's criminal police, took over a case the authorities say is unprecedented in the area, their lack of resources and experience in dealing with the media drew fresh criticism.

By Monday morning, when police had made no comment for almost 48 hours, pressure was mounting not only from the British media, which has descended on Praia da Luz in force, but also from some Portuguese commentators to release more information about progress in the case.

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The police are expected to give an update on their investigation at about 1830 BST on Tuesday.

There have been reports on Portuguese state television that a man and a child matching Madeleine's description were seen driving off in a car from the town of Nelas, about 300 miles (483km) north of Praia da Luz.

The channel reported that police road blocks had been set up in the area.

Meanwhile, Manchester United footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who is Portuguese, said he was moved by news of the little girl's disappearance.

He made an appeal for information about her whereabouts on MUTV, Manchester United's television channel.


Madeleine's Family Send Out Email Poster

The family of missing Madeleine McCann have drawn up a poster to circulate in a chain email to help find the three-year-old.

The 'e-poster' has been composed by Madeleine's aunt, Philomena McCann.

Ms McCann is the sister of Gerry McCann, Maddie's father, and lives in Scotland.

She told Sky News: "If people can help us get Madeleine back that's great. We need to get her back. We must find her. It's not an option to lose her.

"The whole family need her here. We all love children. Gerry and Kate (Madeleine's parents) have devoted their lives to helping others."


CHRONOLOGY-The disappearance of Madeleine McCann

LONDON - Three-year-old Madeleine McCann from Rothley, Leicestershire disappeared on May 3 during a holiday with her parents in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. Here is a chronology of developments:

May 3 - The girl goes missing from her bedroom between 9.30 and 10 p.m. while her parents Kate and Gerry are dining just 100 yards away at the Mark Warner Ocean Club holiday resort in Praia da Luz. A window and shutter are open and she is presumed to have been abducted.

May 4 - McCann family members and British media criticise police for what they call a slow initial response, failure to take the disappearance seriously at first, failure to notify ports and borders in time, and failure to secure the crime scene, which may have led to vital clues being lost.

Police say that under Portuguese secrecy laws they are unable to reveal details of the investigation.

Speculation swirls that the kidnapper comes from Britain. One woman says she saw a suspicious character hanging around the holiday flats just a few days before.

May 5 - Police say they have put together a sketch of a suspect and confirm they believe Madeleine is still alive and being held within three miles of the crime scene. Media reports say the sketch is vague and only features the back of a man's head.

May 7 - Kate McCann makes an emotional appeal for her daughter's safe return.

May 8 - Police say they have investigated 350 suspicious incidents but still have no idea where she might be.

Portuguese newspaper Correio de Manha says Madeleine may have been kidnapped by a paedophile ring.

Two criminal behaviour experts fly in from Britain

British ambassador to Portugal John Buck tries to defuse criticism of the police by saying after a visit to the girl's parents that they appreciated the efforts being made.

Manchester United's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo joins appeals for her release.

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