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Maddie's Body Found? Stephen Birch - 3*


Stephen Birch interview with Sonia Poulton live on TPV Network, 25 November 2013
Stephen Birch interview with Sonia Poulton live on TPV Network, 25 November 2013


Stephen Birch continues his efforts to engage anyone in authority with his claim that the body of Madeleine McCann is to be found buried under the rear gravel driveway of Casa Liliana.

Digging for Madeleine McCann: Picture gallery, 11 October 2013 to 23 November 2013
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Friday, 11 October 2013 at 14:21

SOUTH AFRICA reports nationally on Madeleine McCann's burial site.

English Translation below: Huisgenoot South Africa's largest national magazine. Date 17 October 2013


Sub-heading – The place where a South African suspects the little girl was buried six years ago, is going to be dug up:

Six years after Madeleine McCann mysteriously disappeared while on holiday with her parents, there is a new twist in the search that gripped the world.

The backyard of one of the first suspects in the case, will eventually be dug up, to see if the British toddler was buried there in secret.

If her remains were to be found in this picturesque coastal town of Praia da Luz, in the property of Robert Murat, it will be due to a South African that left no stone unturned to find her.

Last June, Cape property developer Stephen Birch (48) went to Portugal. In the coastal town where the the three year old disappeared in 2007, he climbed over the fence of Roberts house at dawn with a radar machine, and investigated the backyard and driveway.

The scans confirmed his suspicions that something was buried in the property. Could that object be Maddies remains, and thus be the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle pertaining to her disappearance?

It's a better detective story than anything that has been written, says Stephen about the search for Maddie.

If his hunch is proven correct, he will be the main character in the unraveling thereof.

After his findings were send to the Attorney General in Portugal, and the British police were informed, he was deeply disappointed that they did not immediately follow up the lead. It looked like all his work and costs amounting to in excess of one million rand were in vain.

His self initiated efforts cost him more than one than a year, and kept him busy 14 hours a day, and resulted in him almost going bankrupt.

Now after more than a year of waiting and hoping, the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha has let Stephen know that Robert has agreed to allow the backyard to be dug up. The world has a need to get closure on the case, says Stephen. It's about a little girl that requires a proper burial.

In 2011 Stephen began showing interest in the case for the first time, four years after Maddie disappeared one evening from her parents, Kate, a house doctor, and Gerry, a medical specialist , holiday apartment.
They left her and their sleeping twins, Amelie and Sean (then 2) behind while they together with friends ate at a nearby restaurant.

I sat in my office one day and a friend asked me if I had heard of the Madeleine McCann case. I did not know the details and watched a YouTube video. I remembered that I thought "this is a cute little girl "says Stephen in Cape Town. His interest was pricked when he saw a video insert from Gonsalo Amaral, the original chief investigator. Gonsalo later wrote a book about it. "The Truth of the lie".

Maddies parents were at this stadium themselves suspects, and her father is now wanting to claim damages from Gonsalo about accusations made in the book.

In 2008, the McCann’s were successful in demanding damages against the British and Portuguese media groups for deformation.

At the beginning Stephen based his detective work on the findings of Gonsalo. He established that Maddie died in the apartment as a result of an accident near the sofa/couch. He also believed that her parents fabricated the abduction to hide their neglect.

I investigated everything: the surrounding area, who stayed where, and where everyone was at what time. Says Stephen.

He came to the conclusion that Maddie was not kidnapped but died in the apartment. Thereafter she was taken on foot and buried nearby.

Roberts's backyard is one of only two places where she could be buried he says. He does not want to reveal the other option.

His house is just 130meters from the Ocean club apartment where they stayed, and it has many trees in the garden, he explains further. All the flats are on top of each other, and everywhere is cement and stone pathways. Nowhere else could you dig such a hole. Stephen realized that the only way he could get proof was to scan Roberts’s backyard.

He and his assistants got accommodation in a flat next to Roberts's house. They watched the inhabitants of the house for four days to ascertain when it would be safe to go into the property. The only time was between 5am and 5.45am when it was light enough, but before the workers from town arrived at the resort, and caught them.

They also had to watch the weather and ensure that the wind did not blow in the direction of Roberts dogs. For four mornings he scanned the ground quietly. It was nerve wrecking. On the first morning, when I got back to my flat, there was not a bit of saliva in my mouth.

He sent the scans to four independent international experts. They confirmed that something was buried under the driveway and recommended that it be dug up.

He hopes that within 3 months the excavation will begin. The whole thing was an unbelievably exhausting experience. I was at a stage mentally and physically drained, he says.

Stephen is a bachelor without children, and recently visited a psychic to determine why he feels there's a strong bond between him and Maddie. She said Maddie was a very stubborn child. Her mother struggled to control her and she was an individual in her own right. We are in that respect very similar.

Taking everything into consideration, I should have abandoned this thing a long time ago, but I am fighting two governments that do not want to investigate my findings. When the frustration gets too much, I think of my father's words"If you start something, you must finish it".




Monday, 14 October 2013 at 11:37

THE RECENT NEWSPAPER ARTICLE THAT INFORMED SOUTH AFRICA that Madeleine McCann is dead and buried beneath the Murat driveway

(English translation) Rapport Newspaper 29 September 2013 – South Africa, estimated circulation in excess of 1 300 000

Heading of article is: Maddie he may search

Owner agrees that SA Man can dig on his property to find body of missing girl.

Since Madeleine (Maddie) disappeared six years ago, various leads worldwide have been followed up to try and find her.

Now 14 months after Stephen Birch (48) believes he found her grave, the Cape Town businessman will be given the opportunity to solve the mystery.

Birch believes the British girl, who was three years old, is buried 130 meters from where she went missing in the coastal town of Praia da Luz.

The Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manha has for the past eight months tried several times, to obtain permission from Robert Murat to ascertain if Maddie is buried in his property as alleged by Birch.

Murat was initially the police's main suspect, but no evidence could be found that could link him to Maddie's disappearance. Later he won a civil claim amounting to millions of Euro's against the media.

Correio da Manha let Birch know this past week that Murat had agreed to the excavation and negotiations with his lawyer. Murat apparently wants several thousand Euros for any damage that may be caused.

Rapport newspaper reported in June last year, that Birch claimed he illegally entered the property of Murat's aged mother in Praia da Luz on the Algarve region.

Birch apparently took scans of the ground in the property. He states that the scans show an object like a child or animal on a secluded portion of the property. Photo’s in Birch's possession show that police never did excavations in that section at the time.

Birch has continued with an online campaign since making the allegations. It is aimed at the British and Portuguese government, and Maddies parents, in the hope that his findings will be investigated.

Kate McCann, Maddies mother then on a British TV program asked sarcastically: "Who is Stephen Birch actually?"

"He is not a reliable source" she said. In reaction to her statement Birch said," If it was your child and there was a chance that she was buried there, would you not do everything possible to ensure that the findings are not true. Unless of course you have something to hide and you want nobody near the place.

The McCann's originally said Maddie disappeared when she was left alone in the holiday flat, while they were eating in a nearby restaurant.

The parents are currently involved in a civil litigation matter in Portugal with the country's original head of police Gonsalo Amaral. Amaral wrote a book in 2008 called "The Truth of the lie" in which he states the parents accidentally killed the child, and buried her body. Birch believes that the civil case has now contributed to Murat wanting to allow him to excavate. He is worried that the remains will be removed, but says luckily he has scans photos' and a video of where Maddie is buried.

If he is right, the Capetonian businessman will become internationally famous, and will possibly receive millions of pounds as a reward.


Kate McCann

Monday, 21 October 2013 at 16:21



Monday, 21 October 2013 at 20:07

5.40am here's a photo of me ontop of Madeleine's grave...




Monday, 21 October 2013 at 20:17

The person carrying Madeleine walked right past the 24 hours reception area, up this lane, climbed over a low 1.2meter high back fence line into the Murat backyard, and buried Madeleine in a pre-dug hole - at the time the rear gravel driveway did not exist. (Madeleine's creche was above the 24hour reception)




Monday, 21 October 2013 at 21:12

Go through those two gates, turn immediately left and dig down approximately 600mm and you,ll find the corpse of Madeleine McCann..........



Monday, 21 October 2013 at 21:25

Another photo angle of the Murat rear gravel driveway. See how it serves no purpose and goes nowhere. Look how low the back fence-line is. I climbed over it 4 times with ease and went into the yard and onto the driveway. Once you on the driveway no one can see you from the outside, and no one can see you from inside the house, which has high foundations, and is set back.



Monday, 21 October 2013 at 21:50

This is a Rotherberger drain camera with a LED light on the tip we took with on the trip. The idea was to excavate the grave and push the camera down into a small hole and film the corpse without disturbing the crime scene. Unfortunately we hit a hard layer, probably tarr, some 30mm below the layer of pebbles on the surface, and were unable to dig further



Tuesday, 22 October 2013 at 07:16

Portugal's largest newspaper Correio da Manha reports on my findings that the body of Madeleine McCann lies buried below the Murat rear gravel driveway.

My findings appeared 18 times in the newspaper. (See Albums – Birch findings- Portugal)

The government refuses to exhume the body of Madeleine McCann for "diplomatic reasons", after Portuguese police found Madeleine's corpse in the Murat garden and removed hair & body fluid off her corpse and planted it in the parents hire car, to solicit a confession from them. The Renault Scenic was hired 25 days after Madeleine disappeared. Murat had been framed. The case was closed due to evidence being tampered with. The British government then fabricates suspects and sightings in order to shift the focus away from the Murat property. Three year old Madeleine McCann is left under a driveway in Portugal and abandoned by the Portuguese government............(PLEASE SHARE ON FACEBOOK)



Wednesday, 23 October 2013 at 12:38

STARE AT THAT PILE OF BUILDING RUBBLE in the squares in the photo's.

It's the key to solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann --------- look carefully, do you see the wooden plank resting ontop of the rubble. It never moved in 4 months despite Portuguese police searching the Murat proeprty on the 4th and 5th August 2007 !!!!!!!!!!



Wednesday, 23 October 2013 at 21:18

Took this photo of Robert Murat using a Sigma 50-500mm lens on a Canon 7D base. Mr Murat I need to dig up your driveway Sir..........




Wednesday, 23 October 2013 at 23:13

When you watch the video of me scanning the Murat driveway, you will note 2 things, one my head is down while I am watching the readings on the screen, and two I stop from time to time and you then see the LED screen, light up on the machine. That's because I am saving each run the machine makes on software build into the machine. The scans take a reading down to 3 meters below ground level.The entire driveway was first scanned in one direction in parallel lines, and then perpendicular to the previous scans also in parallel lines. Like a chess board. So if someone tampers with the driveway, we will be able to see it. The image you looking at is one of 25 scans taken of the driveway.




Thursday, 24 October 2013 at 07:12

This photo taken from apartment 5A Ocean club, (the apartment from where Madeleine McCann went missing), shows just how close the front gate of the Murat property is, at the end of the road.




Friday, 25 October 2013 at 00:16

I was asked this question the other day.

"Stephen you say the body of Madeleine McCann was not carried 130 meters in a straight line between apartment 5A Ocean club and the Murat property , but instead towards the sea and then up the main road, past the 24 hour reception office, through the parking lot of the holiday block Fugi Palms, up a narrow pathway bordering the block and finally over the low back fence of the Murat property.

Why, Stephen would someone take such a round about route to a burial site that is no more than 130 meters away in a straight line, down a road.

The answer lies in this photo. Looking at the photo you can clearly see the road that connects apartment 5A Ocean club (out of sight down the road to the left of the screen) to the Murat property (out of sight down the road to the right of the screen).

But what you also notice is a huge block of apartments with balconies running parrallel with the road. In summer holiday makers enjoy warm summer evenings sitting on the balconies, sometimes into the early hours of the morning. In actual fact their continued presence made surveilance of the Murat property difficult for us.

You see if someone carried Madeleine down the road directly to the Murat property , they would of been seen carrying the child away, but more importantly, they would of been seen returning without the child !!




Friday, 25 October 2013 at 16:19

This photo of a side road looking into the back of the Murat property through the wooden gates at the end of the road, clearly indicates why it is the only property within close proximity to apartment 5A Ocean club, where you can bury Madeleine McCann, without being detected.

Please share with your friends......




Saturday, 26 October 2013 at 07:41

Behind this hedge lies buried beneath a gravel driveway, a little girl the world is looking for.........tell your friends, bring her home.




Saturday, 26 October 2013 at 10:23

Burial site of Madeleine McCann. This aerial photo was taken before a small gravel driveway was constructed over the child in early 2008 .




Sunday, 27 October 2013 at 11:40


I believe, Robert Murat was framed after the body of Madeleine McCann was buried in his mother's back garden on the evening of the 3rd May 2007.

I further believe the case was later closed, as a result of someone planting Madeleine's DNA (removed off Madeleine's corpse) in the McCann hire car; hired 25 days after Madeleine went missing.

Confirmation of the dna planting, I believe sits in 4 secret files held with UK Home Office secretary Theresa May, who refuses to release the said information. This information threatens to significantly damage the diplomatic relations between Portugal and the UK, as confirmed by Theresa May.

Now here is my opinion: The body of Madeleine McCann was discovered in the Murat property, but because Robert Murat had been framed, if the body was totally exhumed, and the findings made public, Robert Murat would go to jail for the rest of his life for a crime he had not committed. Previously Jane Tanner (a member of the Tappas 9) had identified Robert Murat as the abductor, while 3 members of the TAPPAS 9, signed witness statements stating that they had seen Robert near or around apartment 5A, at the time Madeleine went missing.

The planting of Madeleine's DNA in the McCann hire car would immediately shift the focus away from the property known as Casa Lilliana, where the child lay buried, and would put the spotlight back on the parents. Brian Healy, Kate McCann's father told Martin Brunt from Sky news the dna was planted in the McCann hire car.

IT WORKED...... the discovery of Madeleine's dna in her parents hire car by Portuguese police together with the huge media coverage, shifted the focus away from the Murat property as people around the world began speculating about the parents having moved the body with their hire car.

Who do you think removed body fluid and hair off the corpse and planted it in the McCann hire car ?





Wednesday, 30 October 2013 at 19:11



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Saturday, 2 November 2013 at 05:35



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Saturday, 2 November 2013 at 13:51

The right side of the road:

This is the main road leaving Praia da Luz towards Lagos. The person carrying Madeleine's corpse walked up the right-hand side of this road at approximately 10pm on the eve of the 3rd May 2007, before turning left and walking past the 24 hour reception, through the parking area of the block known as Fugi Palms, up the lane, and to the back fence-line of the Murat property, where a pre-dug hole awaited within the property...


Brian Kennedy

Sunday, 3 November 2013 at 10:12

What was discussed and what was agreed ?

The multi-millionaire who assisted Kate and Gerry McCann, Mr Brian Kennedy, a double-glazing magnate who started his life as a window cleaner together with his attorney Edward Smethurst met with Robert Murat and his lawyer Francisco Pagarete and Roberts uncle Ralph and aunt Sally, behind closed doors in Burgau (Vila Bispo) on the 3rd November 2007.

Again I ask you, what was discussed at that meeting and what was agreed ?


Digging for Madeleine McCann graphic

Monday, 4 November 2013 at 23:37

Sometimes criminals get lucky:

I took this photo of the exact spot where 10 members of the Smith family from Ireland say they saw a man running down the road with a child in his arms. A child who's arms where dangling.

The contact was made halfway between the no entry sign, and the car parked at the very end of the road. The Smith family was walking up the road, while the man was running down the road carrying the child. At the end of the road where the car is parked, is a "T" junction where the man carrying the child had the option of either going left or right.

Unfortunately as luck might have it, not one member of entire Smith family turned around to see which way the man carrying the child turned. We now know he turned left at the end of the road and headed towards the 24 hour Ocean Club reception area before climbing over the Murat rear garden fence and burying Madeleine in the garden...


Digging for Madeleine McCann graphic

Tuesday, 6 November 2013 at 23:12


In 2011 Stephen D. Birch began investigating the Madeleine McCann case. Stephen took sabbatical leave from his property company and over a fourteen month period began studying the Portuguese police files.

Comprising of 17 Volumes, with a global processing of approximately 4500 pages, 9 appendixes that are integrated by 55 Volumes, in which 12000 pages and other relevant pieces were gathered, analyzed it was not the sheer size of the investigation that became apparent to Stephen, but the omitting of certain key information that was not released to the general public for scrutiny. The omitting of this information pertinent to the case made Stephen suspicious that the Portuguese government was complicit in a huge cover-up related to the DNA planted in the McCann hire vehicle, hired 25 days after Madeleine went missing, the closure of the case, and Madeleine being buried in the Murat property.

This photo taken recently shows the lane bordering the Murat rear fence-line. One can clearly see that once an individual climbs over the low fence and proceeds through the row of hedge like trees; the individual becomes invisible to passersby once inside the Murat property.

More significant in this photo are the two individuals Stephen Carpenter and Michael James Sperrey who together with their individual families, stayed in the adjoining block known as Fugi Palms looking into the back of the Murat property.

Stephen Carpenter and his wife Caroline were dinning in the Tappas bar the night Madeleine went missing. On their way home that evening, Caroline says she heard someone calling/crying Madeleine, while her husband Stephen spoke to Robert Murat the following day through the hedge. The Carpenters stayed on the ground floor of the block Fugi Palms FP02 looking straight into the Murat backyard. Stephen Carpenters initial witness statement taken in Portugal has never been released to the public, while no record of Caroline's witness statement exists.

Michael James Sperrey and his wife Claire Sperrey stayed on the first floor of the block Fugi Palms FP05 looking straight into the Murat backyard. Although the Sperrey's were booked to have dinner in the Tappas restaurant on that fateful eve of the 3rd May 2007 at 9pm, no record exists that Michael and his wife ate that evening in the restaurant. In a witness statement given by BBC TV producer Jez Wilkins, Jez remembers Michael acting suspiciously in the toilets outside the Tappas bar on that fateful evening at around 8.30pm.

Michael had walked a short distance through the oval garden from his apartment, but on arriving at the Tappas restaurant spends a significant amount of time in the adjoining toilet.

Stephen Carpenters Rogatory witness statement would later refer to Gerry McCann's surfing friend. Michael James Sperrey is actively involved in the surfing fraternity and helped establish a surfing museum. Michael would later be identified as "The Rusta man" while his passport photo strongly resembles the artist impression initially created by the Portuguese police after receiving a description of the "so called" abductor from Jane Tanner, taken on the 4th May 2007.

No witness statements pertaining to Michael James Sperrey and his wife Claire exist !!


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Monday, 11 November 2013 at 11:51


On the 10th September 2012, the Office of the Prime Minister of Portugal wrote a letter to Stephen D. Birch stressing that Portuguese police using equipment belonging to the University of Averio had scanned the Murat property with a ground penetrating radar machine on the 4th & 5th August 2007 and had found nothing.

Several weeks later Stephen challenged Portugal's Prime Minister in Portugal’s largest newspaper Correio da Manha. In the article Stephen presented two photo's dated 15 May 2007 and October 2007 where an undisturbed pile of building rubble could be seen with a wooden plank resting on top of it.

Stephen insisted that the child was initially buried beneath the pile of rubble and given that ground penetrating radar equipment can only operate over flat ground, the area in question could never have been scanned. (see article date 23 October "STARE AT THAT PILE OF BUILDING RUBBLE in the squares in the photo's.")

Portugal's Prime Minister refused to respond further !!



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Saturday, 16 November 2013 at 04:56


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Saturday, 16 November 2013 at 11:15


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Saturday, 23 November 2013 at 07:01



Stephen Birch Interview on Sonia Poulton Live TPV Network, 25 November 2013
Stephen Birch Interview on Sonia Poulton Live TPV Network YouTube

Robert Murat takes legal action against Stephen Birch, 21 March 2014 (received/published 05 May 2014)
Robert Murat takes legal action against Stephen Birch Digging for Madeleine McCann

Robert Murat takes legal action against Stephen Birch

Robert Murat takes legal action against Stephen Birch

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Monday, 5 May 2014 at 11:53

NOTICE : This morning at 10am, Stephen D. Birch received a registered letter containing papers from Portugals Ministerio da Justica in which both the state and Robert James Queriol Eveleigh Murat and Jenifer Na Murat are suing Stephen for tresspassing and the state is suing Stephen for unlawfully conducting an investigation under article 57 & 58 section 2,3 and 4 of the penal act... (In July 2012, Stephen entered Robert Murats property and discovered what he believes to be Madeleine McCann remains buried beneath Roberts Murats rear gravel driveway)

Monday, 5 May 2014 at 18:30

Robert Murat has now taken legal action against Stephen D.Birch for trespassing on his property in July 2012. Instead of assisting Stephen in ascertaining whether the body of Madeleine McCann lies buried beneath his rear gravel driveway, Robert has elected to bring an action against Stephen through the Ministerio da Justica of Portugal....The action was launched on the 21 March 2014

Public Ministry accuses South African who claims to have found Maddie's remains, 12 May 2014
Public Ministry accuses South African who claims to have found Maddie's remains Expresso

Stephen Birch is accused of trespassing on the property of Robert Murat, the first suspect of the abduction of Madeleine McCann. Birch does not deny the crime and says that there is a "cover-up" of the truth about what happened to the British girl who disappeared seven years ago from Praia da Luz.

20:50 Monday, 12th May 2014
With thanks to
Ines for translation

Stephen Birch when he was in Praia da Luz in July 2012

When he arrived in Portugal with a sophisticated machine and two helpers, Stephen Birch announced that he was going to probe several patches of land in Praia da Luz in order to find the mortal remains of Madeleine McCann, the English girl missing since May 2007. The South African businessman entered the property of Robert Murat, an English citizen who was made an arguido in the case, and guarantees having found traces of the British girl's body.

Now, two years later, the Public Ministry is accusing him of intrusion into a place closed to the public, punishable with a maximum of three years imprisonment. "I do not deny the crime and I was never going to commit it," says Birch, speaking from South Africa, where the Public Ministry finally managed to catch up with him. "I find it strange that they accuse me two years later, but I will go to Portugal when the trial happens," the business man says.

In July 2012, when he was in Praia da Luz, Stephen Birch dug up the land around Casa Liliana, the home of Robert Murat's mother, without the permission of the British citizen who lives in Portugal. He guarantees to have found trace of Madeleine McCann but the supposed discovery has never been validated by the PJ or by SY. "There is a cover-up of the truth on the part of both governments," said Birch.

This week, SY representatives were in Portugal in order to obtain authorisation to excavate land in Praia da Luz. The authorization has not yet been given.

With thanks to Nigel at McCann Files


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