... kidnap inspector Ian Horrocks
MADELEINE McCann was
targeted from the moment she arrived at the resort where she was
snatched — but her abductor was NOT a paedophile, a former top British
She was almost certainly taken by a childless couple, respected kidnap
investigator Ian Horrocks decided after reviewing the case.
The Sun took Ian to the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, Portugal, to walk in
the footsteps of whoever was responsible for three-year-old Madeleine’s
disappearance on a family holiday five years ago.
Here he presents his shocking conclusions on the case that baffled
Portuguese police have closed. Ian says:
and her family were watched for days before she was taken from their
- IT was NOT an impulsive act by a lone monster, nor a
“kidnap to order” by someone acting for a paedophile ring.
- MOST vitally for Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry — there is
a good chance she is still ALIVE.
Ian is well qualified to review the case after a successful 30-year
career in London’s Metropolitan Police.
He served as a senior investigating officer on homicide and for five
years led one of Scotland Yard’s Kidnap and Specialist Investigations
Walking around Apartment 5a at the resort — where the little girl was
taken from her bed as her parents dined with friends — Ian stated
“Madeleine was most likely abducted by a couple. The nature of the
crime, the manner in which it was carried out, together with my
examination of the scene, all point to it being two people.
Kate and Gerry McCann
“It is clear the plan and the escape route were planned and probably
rehearsed. It was not impulsive.
“The people who took Madeleine most likely don’t have children of their
own, or a close, extended family.
“I am of the opinion they speak English as they are well-educated and
would need to control her.
“Possibly they do not speak it fluently — and not necessarily as their
“I do NOT believe Madeleine was targeted by a paedophile ring.
There are many places where snatching a child for this purpose is
“And she was nearly four — younger than the usual target age for a
“Madeleine was taken by someone who wanted her as part of their family.
I believe they saw her earlier in the week and developed their plan to
Ian went on: “The main questions are, where is Madeleine now? And why
has she not been discovered?”
He argued: “Many have said that, with all the publicity, she would have
been seen. This is incorrect. There are many instances where this has
“Her hair could be dyed, she could be tanned, speaking a different
language. She could even be dressed as a boy.
scene ... in Praia da Luz, where Maddie went missing
“Another point is that a child will often believe what they are told and
act accordingly. Memories cannot be totally erased but behaviour can be
“The person who did this is both a controlled and controlling
“There is a good chance that the couple who took her may have
subsequently moved. New friends and neighbours will accept them and not
“I do not believe she is in the Praia da Luz area. But if taken by
someone who is Portuguese, she could still be in the country or
somewhere where Portuguese is the main language — even Brazil. If she
was not taken by someone local, the reality is, she could be anywhere. ”
After examining the crime scene, Ian told us: “The abductor could have
made good his escape in less than two minutes.
“By turning right from the apartment he could have been totally out of
sight within 30 seconds of taking Madeleine.
“This involved observing the McCanns for some time. There were six
sightings of a suspicious male in the days prior to Madeleine’s
So sad ...
adorable Madelaine McCann, aged three
“On that night, Gerry would have been seen checking on his children at
9.05pm, then returning to the tapas bar. It was the ideal time. Sunset
on May 3 2007 was 8.25pm. It would have been quite dark by 9pm.
“They knew they had 20 to 30 minutes between checks on the children.
“The abductor went into the garden area, entered through the unlocked
patio doors and went to the bedroom, where Madeleine was asleep. A car
could have been parked nearby.”
This timing would fit in with a 9.15pm sighting by Jane Tanner, one of
the McCanns’ holiday group, of a man walking away carrying a child in
Ian said: “I firmly believe the man she saw was Madeleine’s abductor.”
He also believes the investigation was hampered from the beginning. He
said: “The scene should have been sealed when the first officer arrived
to preserve any forensic evidence.
“And from early on the Portuguese police obviously suspected Kate and
Gerry were involved. In such cases, an investigator can subconsciously
try to make the evidence fit his theory.
“I do not believe the McCanns were involved. To imagine they are capable
of creating an elaborate cover-up and then go out to dinner is
“Portuguese police appear to have decided within a short space of time
that Madeleine was dead.
“An investigator who believes this reacts differently to one looking for
a live person. There should also have been house-to-house enquiries to
establish who was in the resort and nearby. And there should have been a
more urgent, wider appeal for witnesses.”
Last week Portuguese officials rejected a call to reopen the case after
a review by British police revealed 195 new leads.
But Ian believes Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, should be
reinterviewed, along with others in their holiday group and other
He added: “There are NO reliable forensics, there are NO
apparent suspects. All that is left are witnesses. This is where the
focus should be. It is almost five years since this terrible offence.
But it is NOT too late.”
Where could she be?
- COP says Maddie could be in Brazil if abducted by a
warns she may be tanned, have hair dyed and talk a new language.
her hair is cut shorter, she could even be dressed and disguised as a
might look ... artist's impression of Maddie McCann as she
may appear now.