Most Haunted medium 'claims that he was told missing girl had died
by spirit messenger called Sam'
Maddie is dead': Derek Acorah is reported to
have claimed that missing girl in "not on
this earth any more"
Television psychic Derek Acorah has reportedly claimed that missing
Madeleine McCann is dead, following a message from the
spirit world that told him: “She’s not on this earth any
The medium - who is said to have disgusted the McCann family with
his claims - allegedly added that the child would soon
be reincarnated after joining the “spirit world”.
The 62-year-old is reported to have said to The Sun: “I know her
parents are convinced Maddie is alive and I’m really
sorry – but the little one has been over in the spirit
world for some time.”
“I don’t think it’ll be long before she reincarnates.
“When children pass over who haven’t had full lives I believe they
choose the time to come back in the same form again – as
another little girl.”
The newspaper also quoted a source close to parents Kate and Gerry
McCann as saying that Acorah’s comments are “incredibly
distasteful and insensitive”.
The former host of paranormal TV show Most Haunted added that he
was surprised that his comments had upset the McCann
According to the report, Acorah declares that he was contacted a
spirit messenger called Sam shortly after Madeleine
vanished during a family holiday in Portugal five years
The controversial medium said he had been asked to travel to the
Praia da Luz resort to help with the hunt for Maddie,
but decided not to travel after Sam “confirmed she was
Missing: How police believe Madeleine McCann
may look now
Metropolitan Police / Teri Blythe
Two weeks ago it was the fifth anniversary of Maddy's disappearance
and parents Kate and Gerry spoke of their renewed hope
that Madeleine will be found.
Mrs McCann said an ongoing review of the case by Scotland Yard and
the release of a new age-progression picture of
Madeleine had left them feeling "probably as positive"
as they had been for a long time.
"We are realistic. We don't know what has happened but we know
there is a very good chance that she could be alive -
there is no evidence to the contrary," Mrs McCann told
presenter Lorraine Kelly on ITV's Lorraine.
"We know year after year, missing children, children that have been
abducted, are found alive."
In the interview, Mrs McCann praised the new age-progression
photograph of Madeleine and appealed to the public to
circulate the image as widely as possible.
The Metropolitan Police released the picture last week of what
Madeleine might look like now, coming up to her ninth
birthday on May 12.
Age progression: Previous mock-ups of how
Madeleine might look as an older child,
including how her skin might have tanned in
a hot country
Appeal: How Maddy would look today, aged
Metropolitan Police / Teri Blythe
Mrs McCann, 44, said: "We would be really keen - the general public
helped us with the last age-progression - so we would be
really keen for them, really grateful, if they could
circulate that image as far and wide as they can."
The couple's interview come after Scotland Yard's review of the
case was revealed to have identified 200 potential
But the Portuguese authorities have so far refused to reopen their
investigation into how the little girl vanished on a
family holiday to the Algarve on May 3 2007.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, the officer leading the
Scotland Yard review, spoke last week of his belief that
the case can still be solved and launched a fresh appeal
His team of 37 officers have sifted through 40,000 pieces of
information and identified 195 "investigative
Mr Redwood has said he believes Madeleine was a victim of stranger
abduction and says there is evidence she could still be
Madeleine was nearly four years old when she vanished from her
family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz as her
parents dined with friends at a tapas bar nearby.
The McCanns spoke of their gratitude at the help they are getting
from Scotland Yard's ongoing review of the case.
And they repeated their hope that Portuguese police will now reopen
Football fan: Madeleine in her beloved Everton
kit in a snap taken shortly before she
Mr McCann said: "In previous years we have felt like we have been
on our own to a large extent and now we have got
tremendous resource, doing a great job.
"We feel so much better supported and you know that those things
that we have been talking about for the last
three-and-a-half years about looking at every single
piece of information, that's going on.
"We are happy to be led by the police and let the Metropolitan
Police do the negotiations with the Portuguese
"But it does feel now finally someone in the authorities, British
authorities, are actually trying to find Madeleine, who
is completely innocent of course."
Mrs McCann also thanked the public for the support they had
received for their campaign.
"I don't believe we would have got the review without their
support," she said.
"People have petitioned and petitioned and petitioned and you know,
wrote letters, and here we are.
"And we just hope, obviously, that the case will get reopened in
due course because we certainly believe that is our best
shot at finding Madeleine."
The couple said Madeleine's younger siblings, twins Sean and
Amelie, who were two when she disappeared, "completely
understand" their parents' continued search, and have
even said they will join the hunt when they are older.
Mrs McCann said: "Sean said to me, and this is going back about 18
months now, he said 'Shall I come and work for you and
find Madeleine when we get older?' He meant 'me and
Amelie will look for Madeleine'.
"I have absolutely no doubt about that at all. But I don't want
them to have to be in the position where they are
carrying around this kind of sadness and frustration or
whatever it is, to find Madeleine. We obviously want to
find her now."
"Incredibly distasteful and insensitive":
Newspaper source claims that the McCanns are
disgusted by Acorah's alleged comments
They also spoke of their attempts to lead as normal a life as
possible for the sake of their other children, and avoid
being over-protective of them.
Mr McCann said: "It's a near-normality, I think. As opposed to
having five in the house, there are four in the house
most of the time.
"I keep saying this, but to anyone, the casual observer, I think we
look like an ordinary family.
"And that is how it is most of the time, Sean and Amelie completely
understand what we are doing and occasions like this why
we are away from home.
"They know, we keep them updated about what is happening and the
developments, you know about the Met, about the new
His wife added: "You have to kind of fight against it (being
over-protective) a little bit to be honest, to let them
develop and enjoy life like other children. It is
inevitable I think."
Mr McCann went on: "I certainly think I am more protective than
what I was, and Kate, before, I would have said was on
the over-protective side and that is one of the ironic
things about this.
"But you can't mollycoddle them. At the same time they have got to
develop and become independent. I feel strongly about
"We have got to remember what happened to us was incredibly rare."
They said they had received hundreds of letters and emails and
comments of support from the public, especially in the
last week since the new age-progression photograph was
The official Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance was
formally shelved in July 2008, although private
detectives employed by the McCanns continued the search.
Scotland Yard's review of the case - called Operation Grange and
expected to cost nearly £2 million in its first year -
was launched last May after a request from Home
Secretary Theresa May supported by Prime Minister David