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Madeleine McCann:Tunnels Under Praia And A New Theory

by | 3rd, May 2009

oprah-mccanns1 MADELEINE McCann : Hidden in tunnels, alive in America and a new theory…

Daily Express (front page): “MADDIE: DID SHE VANISH IN MAZE OF TUNNELS?”

Dunno? Did she?


James Murray investigates a phone call:

Secret tunnels beneath the Portuguese seaside town where Madeleine McCann vanished two years ago today may hold the key to her disappearance.

The tunnels, dating back to Roman times, have never been thoroughly searched, despite repeated requests.

Documents in Portuguese police files, published today for the first time, suggest a vital line of inquiry was ignored and have led to fresh calls for a proper investigation into the tunnels…

What of the evidence?

A British woman wrote to UK detectives saying: “There are six to eight tunnels under Praia da Luz that the PJ [Portuguese police] have not searched. There is a tunnel under the church, there are tunnels under Estrela da Luz apartments. These have not been searched.”

“Repeated” is one woman in one letter?

The archaeologist involved with these tunnels was arrested as an abuser in the Casa Pia case but later released [this was a notorious child abuse scandal centring on orphanages in Lisbon].”

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“Does this not send alarm bells ringing? Something not right in Portugal. Why are the PJ not searching these tunnels and the church?”

Portugal is to blame? Any other clues?

The woman, who declined to be named, told the Sunday Express last night: ‘‘I raised these issues a while ago because I thought they were relevant and I know the British detectives passed the information on to the Portuguese detectives but I never discovered what happened.

“As a matter of urgency there must be a proper and thorough examination of all these tunnels . It is possible the abductor may have left clues .”

So an anonymous tip-off/ hunch should be followed up ?

Remember the letter to a Dutch newspaper. And a map showing where her body can be found. It was credible . And what about her, she who saw Our Maddie in Morocco ? And the hoax “? And this hoax ? And tabloid journalists pointing the finger at innocent men.

What other facts, James Murray?


James Murray.

Kate and Gerry McCann are expected to mark the second anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance today with special prayers at their local Catholic church, where the mood of hope that she is still alive flickers like the candles by the altar.

Sunday Mirror (front page): “Maddy: Top Brit Tec’s New Theory”



Madeleine McCann was snatched by a lone kidnapper who had stalked the family for days, according to British detectives hired by her parents Kate and Gerry.


The theory is based on information extracted from 30,000 Portuguese police files translated into English at a cost of £100,000.

The files have been painstakingly examined by two former British detectives – Dave Edgar and Arthur Cowley – hired by the Find Madeleine Fund two years after she vanished.

Mr Edgar, a retired Detective Inspector with 30 years experience, believes the case can still be solved and is convinced that the crucial evidence remains in Praia Da Luz.

He says: “In my experience random just doesn’t happen. A passer-by just doesn’t go in, pick up a child and take it. These things are planned. So you don’t start an investigation in Morocco or Spain or even Lisbon. This happened in Praia da Luz – and that’s where the answer is.”

A statement of fact, or just a dig at Metodo 3, who knew they’d find Our Maddie in lawless Morocco. The sightings and more in Morocco.

Madeleine at a petrol station in Lagos; Madeleine on a gypsy cart on Portimao; Marie Ollie sees Madeleine in Marrakech ; Isabel Gonzalez sees Madeleine in Zaio; two women see Madeleine in Cartagena, Spain. Madeleine in Belgium . Madeleine in Malta . Madeleine in Bosnia

And X marks the spot…

Sky News : “’Someone Local Knows Truth About Madeleine’”

Someone living in or around the Portuguese resort where Madeleine McCann vanished knows what happened to her, private detectives hired by her parents have claimed.

Detectives stick to the facts.

Irish Independent : “Spotlight on local link to Madeleine abduction”

“There’s someone local, lives locally has the answer to this, and not, you know, much wider than 10, 15 kilometres away from Praia de Luz. This offence happened in Praia da Luz, it’s a very self-contained resort, and that’s where we’ve started and that’s where I think the answer is,” said retired detective inspector Dave Edgar, who leads the search team.

Daily Mail : “Kate and Gerry McCann hire British murder detective to help find Madeleine”

David Edgar replaces the private detective agencies hired by the couple to chase up sightings of the missing toddler.

The 52-year-old worked largely on murders in Cheshire until his retirement in November last year.

He is being assisted by ex-Detective Sergeant Arthur Cowley, 57, from Merseyside police, who was involved in solving the Jamie Bulger case.

Sunday People : “The moment Gerry walked into Kidnap flat… after 2 years”

Sarah Jellema is there:

This is the moment Gerry McCann stepped back into the last place he saw his daughter – to reconstruct the nightmare of the evening she was snatched.

Watching the parents:

Standing outside the bedroom where he had left three-year-old Madeleine asleep, he looked anguished as he relived the events of exactly two years ago.

Says Gerry

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