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Post  dutchclogs on Sun 18 Dec - 4:38

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The Spanish private detective agency’s secret files are key “sightings” of Madeleine in Morocco

Sunday December 18,2011
By EXCLUSIVE from James Murray
SCOTLAND YARD detectives have been given a vast dossier of unpublished details about possible sightings of Madeleine McCann that might provide a breakthrough in the four-year hunt.
Today the Sunday Express can reveal that among the Spanish private detective agency’s secret files are key “sightings” of Madeleine in Morocco.

Metodo 3 director general Francisco Marco Fernandez last week gave 30 boxes of documents to four Yard detectives at his office in Barcelona.

Speaking exclusively to the Sunday Express, the private eye said: “I think this could be a significant moment in the effort to discoverwhat happened to the child. I am very glad all our leads will now be looked at by the Yard because they are important.
“There were about eight interesting leads which they will examine but I cannot say any more because I have agreed total secrecy with Scotland Yard.”
He reluctantly spoke of four “interesting” sightings in Morocco after Madeleine, then aged four, disappeared from her holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.
There were about eight interesting leads which they will examine but I cannot say any more because I have agreed total secrecy with Scotland Yard
Metodo 3 director general Francisco Marco Fernandez
It is known there were two possible sightings in Marrakech: one was at a petrol station when a child strongly resembling her was seen going into a shop three months after she was snatched.
A witness told Metodo 3 she had the same unusual eye feature as Madeleine.
There was another sighting of a child resembling Madeleine at an adjacent hotel on the same day at around the same time.
In a third sighting, a Moroccan-looking woman was seen carrying a blonde-haired, white-skinned girl.
The child was eventually identified as the five-year-old daughter of an olive farmer.

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Mr Fernandez would not say if any of the four sightings in the secret dossier were already known but said: “It is very intriguing information.
“We took inquiries as far as we could and then handed it over to the Portuguese police. We did it all in the proper way, wrote a report then gave it to Spanish police and they would pass it on to the Portuguese police for us.
“We never really heard back from the Portuguese so I can’t say what they did.”
Asked if he ever spoke to the former Portuguese detective in charge of the hunt, Goncalo Amaral, he frowned and shook his head. “Don’t talk to me about that man,” he said. “I can’t believe the things he said in his book. He got it so wrong.”
However, Mr Amaral told the Sunday Express that Metodo 3 never provided a strong lead. “They gave information about sightings but it was not enough and you could not prove it was Madeleine,” he said.
A source close to Metodo 3 said: “Officially or unofficially Metodo 3 have never stopped looking for Madeleine. It was the biggest job they were ever given. People literally went all over the world and it has become very personal for many of them.”
When Mr Fernandez was asked if Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, had requested him to hand over his files to the Yard, said: “Of course, I would need their permission but I am not going to say any more. All our dealings with the McCanns are confidential and private.”
In November the Scotland Yard detectives hunting for Madeleine spent two days talking to high-ranking Spanish detectives with expertise in organised crime syndicates in Spain and Portugal. Among theories being examined was that she was smuggled out of Portugal on a yacht which sailed to Barcelona.
At the city’s marina on May 7, 2007, a British holidaymaker told private investigators about a bizarre encounter.
In the early hours a woman asked him if he was about to deliver her “new” daughter.
That woman has never been traced.
The Yard’s activities have given new hope to doctors Kate and Gerry McCann, both 43, of Rothley, Leicestershire. Yesterday their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “They are very pleased that police are continuing to work and review the case and that progress is being made.
“They welcome this and hope the team will bring a new perspective to the case. For operational reasons we cannot comment on details of the review but it is a step in the right direction.”
Kate has criticised officers in the botched Portuguese investigation for not bothering to follow up leads in North Africa, particularly the sighting in Marrakesh.
In her book, Madeleine, she tells of her anger that little was done about the sighting at a petrol station near Marrakesh.
A month later police were told the witness had still not been interviewed.
She writes: “It was intolerable. This was our daughter’s life they were dealing with, not a stolen car radio.”
What BullSh*T


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Re: MADELEINE: SECRET FILES REVEAL FOUR 'SIGHTINGS' IN MOROCCO

Post  AnnaEsse on Sun 18 Dec - 7:58

Where do you start with that load of carp? There was the man on the stag do, for instance, who went to the police 2 years after the alleged encounter, but today's article makes it appear that he reported it on May 7th 2007.

Then the credible sighting in Morocco, which the police didn't follow up for a month! The McCanns didn't either! They did their European jaunt before they went to Morocco. Why not go there first?

I could go on, but I've got a busy day!

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Post  frencheuropean on Sun 18 Dec - 8:12

"When Mr Fernandez was asked if Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, had requested him to hand over his files to the Yard, said: “Of course, I would need their permission but I am not going to say any more. All our dealings with the McCanns are confidential and private."

Interesting phrasing. Why not a clear "yes"? perhaps it's because SY requested them first, and the MCCann only gave their agreement.

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Post  AnnaEsse on Sun 18 Dec - 8:15

frencheuropean wrote:"When Mr Fernandez was asked if Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, had requested him to hand over his files to the Yard, said: “Of course, I would need their permission but I am not going to say any more. All our dealings with the McCanns are confidential and private."

Interesting phrasing. Why not a clear "yes"? perhaps it's because SY requested them first, and the MCCann only gave their agreement.

Or perhaps Mr Fernandez contacted the McCanns and told them that the police wanted the files and the response from the McCanns was 'you'd better just hand them over because the police will just get a warrant.'

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Post  dazedandconfused on Sun 18 Dec - 8:29

Why oh why is it only us "internet nutters and pitchforkers" who find the whole thing totally ridiculous. Are there people out there taking in every word and believing it? I really get the urge to sit in a darkened room and quietly bang my head against a brick wall at times.

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Re: MADELEINE: SECRET FILES REVEAL FOUR 'SIGHTINGS' IN MOROCCO

Post  AnnaEsse on Sun 18 Dec - 8:38

dazedandconfused wrote:Why oh why is it only us "internet nutters and pitchforkers" who find the whole thing totally ridiculous. Are there people out there taking in every word and believing it? I really get the urge to sit in a darkened room and quietly bang my head against a brick wall at times.

Only us? Sometimes it would appear so! I had a message on Twitter from someone who said of the Guardian article that only the headline had been changed, as if that made no difference. However, the headline is what sticks in people's minds. Look at today's offering from The Star. The headline says the police have admitted that Madeleine was abducted, but reading the article, the police have only said that they were '"investigating any sort of lead." The headline will stick in the minds of many people, who will not realise that there is a very fluid interpretation of what the police said, in the case of The Star article.

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Post  almostgothic on Sun 18 Dec - 9:21

Round and round and round they go ...... same old tired, regurgitated non-sightings. Yawn.

The tabloids are suffering from a rare condition called verbal bulimia.
And we all know who is putting their finger down their throats.

All this stuff is SO last year.
And the year before that.
And the ......


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Post  AnnaEsse on Sun 18 Dec - 9:27

almostgothic wrote:Round and round and round they go ...... same old tired, regurgitated non-sightings. Yawn.

The tabloids are suffering from a rare condition called verbal bulimia.
And we all know who is putting their finger down their throats.

All this stuff is SO last year.
And the year before that.
And the ......



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Post  almostgothic on Sun 18 Dec - 9:47

Very fitting song, Anna - and it seems to me that the journos and their PR feeders have no thought whatsoever for the little girl who was thrown off that 'carousel of time' almost five years ago.

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Post  IAMBAZZA on Sun 18 Dec - 9:50

Team McCann keep trying to push the idea that sightings are evidence, but that's really about as much as they can manage these days. They've never been able to produce any evidence - or even a coherent theory - about how their daughter was abducted. All we've ever had is 'sightings'.

The McCanns pathetic and sometimes I feel sorry for them. Only sometimes mind...

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Post  mariang on Sun 18 Dec - 10:24

Why oh why is this drivel being put out? I cannot believe that SY are doing all of this? Surely they just need to read the initial investigation???!!!!! Starting from the very night Madeleine went missing! If an ordinary person can read the facts as they were - why cant they?

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Post  DavidA on Sun 18 Dec - 10:36

AnnaEsse wrote:.....

Then the credible sighting in Morocco, which the police didn't follow up for a month! The McCanns didn't either! They did their European jaunt before they went to Morocco. Why not go there first?

Yes, right. For me, this is the main key part of this problem. The McCanns had the media behind them, and a real sighting would have been a major story. If they believed at the time that this was missed, then they would have created a huge media story about it. But they went travelling instead.

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Post  Guest on Sun 18 Dec - 10:39

mariang wrote:Why oh why is this drivel being put out? I cannot believe that SY are doing all of this? Surely they just need to read the initial investigation???!!!!! Starting from the very night Madeleine went missing! If an ordinary person can read the facts as they were - why cant they?

I have every faith that they are doing exactly as you would wish, despite the drivel in the Media.

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Post  dutchclogs on Sun 18 Dec - 11:14

dazedandconfused wrote:Why oh why is it only us "internet nutters and pitchforkers" who find the whole thing totally ridiculous. Are there people out there taking in every word and believing it? I really get the urge to sit in a darkened room and quietly bang my head against a brick wall at times.

Yes I feel just the same as you

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Post  Roasted Arizona on Sun 18 Dec - 11:20

Is it groundhog day?

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Post  HiDeHo on Sun 18 Dec - 12:22

http://www.mccannfiles.com/id173.html

09.46 Meanwhile the case takes on this international magnitude. The British press let loose against the incompetence of the Portuguese police. Prime Minister Gordon Brown is himself contacted by Maddie's parents. You said pressure? They present themselves as victims of slow-witted police who are blaming the family rather than searching for the missing child. There are sightings meanwhile from around the world, and in particular in Morocco, which will turn out, later to be a real red herring.


PR: At a given moment in time, around the 9th or 10th of May, starts what you mention in your book, a wave of sightings of Madeleine. Madeleine is first seen in Morocco, by a…

GA: First she is seen here in Portugal. The wave starts to spread in Portugal.

PR: Exactly. Portugal and then –

GA: Then she is seen in the North, then jumps to South America, Brazil…

PR: One that was largely publicised by the English newspapers, was from a Norwegian lady who was spending holidays in Morocco and who swears that she saw the little girl. What the English press does not mention at that time is that the lady is Norwegian but she is married to a man who was born and bred in Rothley, the town where the…

JP: It could be a tremendous coincidence.

PR: … the McCanns resided for the last few years. This is the question that I ask you: The wave of sightings, namely in Morocco, where witnesses state that they are 100% certain that it was the child, I have no doubts. Beyond the usual confirmation with Interpol, Interpol and the police forces in those countries were requested to investigate those sightings and those witnesses.

GA: The witnesses, it was necessary to hear those witnesses and she lives in Southern Spain. She lives near Valencia. That is one of the diligences that possibly remained to carry out. But concerning those sightings in Morocco, it was through the cooperation with the English police, with liaison officers with the Moroccan police that tried to obtain the video tapes from that petrol station where the little girl was seen, in order to try to find out if it could actually be her or not. It was all handled from there.

JP: And you don't value the fact that really the lady who saw is married to someone who coincidentally is…

GA: That was actually taken into account and it happened later, as Paulo Reis said, and as a matter of fact it's something that should have been worked upon in terms of being heard.

JP: Well, let's talk about what worries…

GA: But I can also say that apart from those sightings all over the world, in Praia da Luz there were little girls that strongly resembled Madeleine, blond with blue eyes, many of the same age as her. Therefore, someone could have spotted Madeleine there, in Praia da Luz, something that was not done.

JP: That's true, that's true. In your opinion, Maddie, in the opinion of the investigation and of your colleagues and the team that you coordinated, did Maddie die that evening?

GA: She died.

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Post  ann_chovey on Sun 18 Dec - 12:23

dazedandconfused wrote:Why oh why is it only us "internet nutters and pitchforkers" who find the whole thing totally ridiculous. Are there people out there taking in every word and believing it? I really get the urge to sit in a darkened room and quietly bang my head against a brick wall at times.


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oping and praying little maddie will be found soon, i still believe she will e found alive and i cant wait but poor kid will still have probs but with a caring mum and dad and two sisters she will be ok

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Having just read the book, it almost seems as if Goncalo Amaral could be involved in her disappearance. To be so obstructive and keen to suggest she is no longer alive. I just hope she is returned to you soon, preferably before Christmas. God bless Madeleine and her loving family.

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Post  Christine on Sun 18 Dec - 12:41

Re the sighting in the petrol station, I seem to remember that was the time when Kate got rushed back to the police station at a terrible speed, about which she complained, only to state that the girl in the picture was not Madeleine. What was there to follow up for the police if she herself said it was not her daughter???

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Post  Panda on Sun 18 Dec - 16:32

I am getting very annoyed now about all this drivel and suggest we all e-mail James Murray at the Express to complain. This is a scenario being played
by Clarence to keep the McCanns in the public domain and at the same time discredit the Portugese Police and Amaral, These Papers should be ashamed
to be calling this reporting. I"m off to e-mail Murray, I don"t expect a reply .!

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