Test results found traces of
used by Gerry and Kate McCann in Portugal
claimed the material showed the
have been used to move
and said the quantity found was too great for it to have been
clothing as they were transported in the
the forensic results would be compelling evidence against the
McCanns and would speed moves for them to face fresh police
interrogations or even be charged.
friends insisted there were innocent explanations for all the
alleged results, and said the slurs were particularly painful
coming as the family prepared to mark a sad milestone.
exactly six months today since Madeleine disappeared from
holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve.
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little person': Kate McCann has made a new plea for
McCanns will tonight attend a special vigil at their local
church in Rothley, Leicestershire.
asked why - if there was supposedly bombshell new evidence
linking them to their daughter's death - they remained free to
attend the vigil.
pointed to recent moves in the Portuguese police investigation
which suggested detectives were re- examining the couple's
belief that their daughter was abducted and taken to Morocco.
said: "It seems odd this should come out now, when everything we
have heard from the police during the last few weeks suggests
the investigation is very much moving in the opposite direction.
sort of stuff just serves as a painful distraction from what
they feel everyone should be concentrating on, and that's
public prosecutor in the case said this week he would not order
new police interrogations of the couple without seeing better
evidence against them, and police privately admitted that would
take "a miracle".
prosecutor said he was still waiting to see all the evidence in
the case from the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham, and
that his position could change if the results presented strong
evidence against the McCanns.
Evening Standard said all the results had now been passed to the
police, but an FSS spokesman said: "Analysis is still ongoing
and not all the test results are back."
Mrs McCann, who were made official suspects in the case in
September, have always denied involvement in
say any traces of
have got there when it was used to ferry
and belongings from the family's apartment to a new villa.
spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "These claims are nothing new.
This is yet another unsourced, unsubstantiated article and we
simply won't comment on it.
and Gerry have absolutely nothing to hide. Anything the police
may have found can be explained in wholly innocent terms."
Mrs McCann made a new plea for an abductor to let
little person" go.
heart-rending message, she said: "Six months is such a long time
for a little girl to be separated from
tonight's vigil at the Anglican church of St Mary and St John in
Rothley the McCanns will be joined by family and friends to say
special prayers for Madeleine. The four-hour vigil will start at
6pm, with lead prayers between 9.30pm and 9.45pm - the period in
which Madeleine vanished from the family's holiday apartment
were at a tapas bar on May 3