A few days before the fifth anniversary since Maddie disappeared in
Praia da Luz, Algarve, there are no new leads that could enable the
reopening of the investigation. The Judiciary Police from Oporto has
spent more than one year re-reading the whole process, but nothing was
found that could help clarify the disappearance of the English girl.
The "195 leads" announced before yesterday by the British authorities
whilst they are reviewing the archived process were not yet officially
revealed to the Judiciary Police, as CM found out, because they only are
avenues of investigation and not specific facts that may point to the
"This is just folklore [nonsense], in the field of the sightings, of the
suspicions of mediums and psychics. The abduction thesis is just an
opinion from someone who is free to say whatever he wants. And we should
not forget that London's police [MET] has to justify the money spent on
this investigation. They must give something to the public opinion",
said Gonçalo Amaral, the former Judiciary Police inspector that
coordinated the case, reaffirming that the investigation at the time
followed all the rules.
"Maddie was last seen at 17:30 on May 3, 2007. At that time everything
that could be done, was done and we were able to demonstrate that it was
materially impossible for the child to have been abducted. Unfortunately
we were not able to find her whereabouts".
Relative to the reanalysis of the process in Portugal, Correio da Manhã
knows that the Portuguese review is not being done alongside the English
review. Although occasionally there might be a cooperation between the
two police forces, the objective is to give autonomy to each, so that
they do not become contaminated.
In Portugal the reanalysis of the case did not allow to progress more
than what was already established during the initial investigation.
Nothing indicates that the child is alive