Hope ... cop's newly
published report claims it is entirely
possible the missing girl is alive
A FORMER top cop has claimed there is a good chance Madeleine
McCann may be alive
Veteran Met detective Ian Horrocks has drawn on three decades of
experience investigating murder, kidnap and sex crimes
to offer all possible explanations for her
He visited the Portuguese holiday resort where the toddler vanished
and scoured police files and media reports.
Mr Horrocks has now published his detailed analysis of the McCann
mystery and explains it is entirely possible that the
missing girl is alive.
In it, he claims it was unlikely a paedophile ring murdered or
kidnapped Madeline and totally rules out the involvement
of Madeleine's parents.
The former Scotland Yard detective said: "The thought that Kate and
Gerry McCann had anything to do with the death of their
daughter, whether being directly responsible or covering
it up, is frankly preposterous.
"There is not one shred of credible evidence, either direct or
otherwise, to indicate that this is even a remote
Investigation ... retired
former Met Police detective Ian Horrocks
Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared from the family's
holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May
The Portuguese authorities abandoned their investigation after 15
months admitting they had no clues to what happened.
Mr Horrocks added: “I have tried to look at this with fresh eyes
untainted by what has been written in the past, much of
which has been totally uninformed and not based upon any
“I do not believe that Madeleine was abducted with the intention of
some sort of long term grooming and abuse.
“A girl of Madeleine’s age is not the usual target age for a
paedophile; she is substantially younger than most
victims of these offences.
“I do believe that when all the available information is examined
logically and objectively, that Madeleine was taken by
someone who wanted her as part of his or their family.
"The people responsible will not have a close extended family as
would it be feasible that no one would make the
connection to Madeleine."
Fear ... Kate and Gerry
McCann had nothing to do with the death of
their daughter, says Horrocks
The ex-cop admits he cannot “dismiss the possibility that
Madeleine was abducted by a paedophile for a sinister
But he adds: “However I do not believe this to be the case.
“Is believing that Madeleine is alive being overly and
“I do not think so, and until there is categoric evidence to the
contrary, I will continue to believe this.
“Hopefully those continuing the investigation have the same