'Every sighting could be crucial'
A FORMER British detective has praised an Olive Press exclusive on
a possible spotting of Madeleine McCann on a flight from
Ibiza, which was followed up in over a dozen countries.
Former Met officer Ian Horrocks praised the quick thinking of
reader Frank Bode, whose claims were followed up by
numerous national newspapers, including Bild in Germany,
the Mirror in the UK and Diario de Noticias in Portugal.
German businessman Bode was so convinced he had spotted the
youngster with a German family on the flight from Ibiza
to Munich a fortnight ago that he contacted police, the
family and the Olive Press, after taking a photo.
Bode claimed that the girl was British and did not seem to ‘fit
with the family’.
Both Maddie’s family in the UK and detective Horrocks, a former
kidnap and ransom squad officer, praised his actions.
Scotland Yard is still investigating the claims.
Horrocks believes that the longer Madeleine has been missing, the
more likely it is that people will spot her.
He said: “It has previously been said, ‘Who is going to openly walk
out with the world’s most wanted child?”
“This was clearly relevant in the days, weeks and months following
her abduction but, as time has gone by, whoever took
Madeleine is likely to be more confident about taking
her out in public,” he added.
The sighting ties in with claims of psychic healer Carol Everett,
who has worked on finding both missing people and
criminals on the run.
The Murcia-based psychic claimed in 2007 that she could ‘see’
Madeleine with a German-speaking couple.
Speaking to The Olive Press this week, she reiterated her claims:
“My prediction has been there from day one, I haven’t
changed my claims.
“I’m not a detective, I just put my points in the pot and very
often come up with the missing links.”
She continued: “I can’t say that it’s her, but it certainly fits. A
German family with two other children.”
Madeleine’s mother, Kate McCann has previously claimed that no
matter how many years go by she would never fail to
recognise her eldest daughter.
“I know I would, I just know that if she came in here now I would
know it was her.”
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Over the next couple of months two libel trials are
expected to be heard regarding the case.
In one, the McCann family are taking retired lawyer Tony
Bennett to court in the UK, while in Portugal, former
detective Goncalo Amaral, is being tried over claims in
a book that she was killed by her parents.