detectives struggling to solve the abduction of Madeleine
McCann have resorted to investigating visions and
“sightings” of the youngster reported by psychics.
Officers in the Algarve have compiled two, three-inch thick dossiers
containing e-mails and messages from clairvoyants who are convinced
they know the location of the missing four-year-old girl.
The admission by the judicial police is set to attract further
criticism over the handling of the month-long investigation.
Several psychics have suggested that the child was smuggled into
Spain on the night she went missing.
Yesterday, the detective leading the hunt, Chief Inspector Olegario
Sousa, said he could not rule out the possibility that Madeleine’s
captor will make contact through encrypted messages giving coded
details about where to find the
Asked about the threat of attracting hoaxers, Mr Sousa replied: “If
there are indications there is enough to follow, we will go. If
there aren’t, we cannot do anything.”
If there are indications there is enough to follow, we will go. If
there aren’t, we cannot do anything
Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa
Mr Sousa admitted that some of the descriptions were as vague as
dreams about a
man in a house with trees and a road.
However, he said he did not believe they had heard from Madeleine’s
A police spokesman confirmed the visions – which are reported every
day – came from a mix of Portuguese and British sources.
The use of psychic investigators is a method that has been used many
times before, including in famous cases such as the Yorkshire
Ripper, the disappearance of teenager Milly Dowler and a missing
girl in the US called Leah Freeman.
Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann flew to Madrid last night
on the latest leg of their campaign to find their daughter.
Heartbroken Kate told how the couple faced fresh torment every time
they are forced to leave their two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie
The 38-year-old GP said: “Leaving them is really hard. From a
selfish point of view we would have liked to have had them with us
as a comfort but I am sure it is not the best thing for them.” The
Spanish visit comes exactly four weeks since Madeleine was snatched
from her bed in a holiday complex at Praia da Luz.
The McCanns want to raise the issue of child abduction as well as
appeal for information about their daughter.
The couple are planning visits to Berlin, Amsterdam and Morocco over
the next week.
The cost of the travelling will be paid for by the Find Madeleine
fund, which has so far raised £374,000.