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Madeleine McCann: Case ‘Collapses’ Against Kate And Gerry McCann, Maybe

by | 30th, November 2007

mccanns-car.jpgMADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE SUN front page: “MADDIE: Cops ignored key witness – Kate and Gerry ‘clear in week”

Page 13: “KATE AND GERRY’S DNA HOPE” – “DNA ‘evidence against Kate and Gerry collapsed yesterday”

Not the McCanns. It’s Kate and Gerry. Rather, “Doctors Kate and Gerry”

“It is understood British forensic experts told Portuguese cops that tests show NOTHING conclusive” – So nothing to prove things one way or another…

Says the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell: “Police should now get on with looking for Maddie”

“MADDIE PROWLER IGNORED – Tourist told cops of weirdo” – Amanda Mills “spotted a skulking figure” near the apartment where Madeleine was last seen. It was a week before her disappearance.

“Essex mum-of-three Amanda” says: “It was late at night. This guy came along, put his hands on a pushchair outside an apartment and tried to walk off with it. He ran off when I made a loud noise to let him know he was being watched. He seemed interested in the windows. He was looking at and through them. He set warning bells off in my mind. He was very weird, very dodgy.”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “Amanda is at the top of Metodo 3’s list. This could be crucial”

DAILY MAIL page 11: “McCanns ‘in the clear’ after DNA tests”

The Forensic Science Service says tests remain “ongoing”, but the McCanns’ legal team have called on the Portuguese police to lift the couple’s status as official suspects.
Says Clarence Mitchell:

“Enough is enough. There can be nothing that incriminates Kate and Gerry, because they are innocent. We are hopeful this meeting will help speed up the process eliminating Kate and Gerry from the inquiry…We are hopeful common sense will prevail and that Portuguese police will see Kate and Gerry have no case to answer. Forensic evidence – if there is any – is inconclusive or explicable, so they should be eliminated from the inquiry”

DAILY EXPRESS page 15: “MADELEINE: Calls to clear McCanns as Portuguese police fly home after DNA talks”

But the police in Portugal “are increasingly accepting that without damning evidence, they may have to clear the couple”

DAILY MIRROR page 6: “ENOUGH’S ENOUGH – McCanns demand to be cleared as cops’ summit ends in failure”

The four-strong Portuguese team are “no closer to solving the mystery”, says the paper.

And the facts? Well, both Gerry and Kate are “doctors”. Both are “39”. And Madeleine McCann is missing…

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE – New DNA shock for parents”

Page 13: “MADDIE MUM AND DAD STILL IN THE FRAME – Portuguese cops call for more tests”

If tests are inconclusive, then why not have more?

“Scientists have told police their findings put Madeleine McCann’s parents in the frame for her disappearance”

mccanns-wedding.jpgA spokesman for the FSS says: “It is common for scientists to meet with detectives in the course of criminal investigations to explain our methods. Our inquiries are continuing. Tests are on-going’’

Says the Star: “Detectives accused ex-anaesthetist Kate of accidentally killing Madeleine after giving her sedatives to help her sleep”

Doctor Kate is a suspect, but no charges have been made against her…

THE GUARDIAN: “Bid to clear McCanns after DNA trip”

Those DNA tests “on blood samples, bodily fluids and hair found in the McCanns’ holiday apartment and the vehicle they hired 25 days after the four-year-old disappeared are “routine”

THE INDEPENDENT page 51: “The Big Question: Are we any closer to finding out what happened to Madeleine McCann?”

After days of ignoring the biggest human interest story in years, the Indy wakes up. And it has questions that any tabloid reader can help it answer:

Why are we asking this now?
What will they discuss?
Are they meeting the McCanns?
Are the McCanns still formal suspects?
Are there any other suspects?
Any other evidence?
Has Madeleine been seen since May?
Who is looking for Madeleine?
Could someone be charged soon?

And: Is the investigation any nearer to reaching a conclusion?

Yes…
* Yesterday’s ‘DNA Summit’ was a significant event that should push the case on
* There have been many sightings of Madeleine and the case remains high profile, despite being more than six months old
* The Portuguese police know more than they are letting on, but are bound by secrecy laws

No…

* No trace of Madeleine has been found, despite a huge police investigation and the efforts of private investigators
* The investigation was handled badly from the start, meaning that all leads have gone cold
* An army of scientists, abduction experts and sniffer-dog teams have failed to come up with any answers

Yes and no. Maybe…

DAILY TELEGRAPH and THE TIMES; No Madeleine news today

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