Madeleine McCann: Helena Monteiro, Rogerio Alves and tabloid excitement
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at Our Maddie in the news…
Daily Mirror (front page): “At last! Maddy Police launch new probe”
“Lawyer: Cops investigate ‘fresh, specific information”
No. They don’t.
Daily Express (front page): “MADELEINE – Parents joys as Portuguese police start fresh hunt”
Daily Star (front page): “MADDIE – Shock as cops reopen case”
A shock because it is not true.
Only, the Portuguese police have not re-opened the case. As we reported yesterday,
It is understood that the team from Portugal’s investigative Policia Judiciaria (PJ), headed by senior officer Helena Monteiro, has been looking at the Madeleine case for some weeks now.
A team of detectives based in Oporto in northern Portugal has been appointed to re-examine the original investigation into the little girl’s disappearance from the Algarve in 2007, the Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias reported.
That paper did lead with news that the case had been re-opened. But all other new organs found that to be wrong.
Portugal’s Correio da Manha newspaper reported that the PJ officers have not found any new leads that point to Madeleine’s whereabouts and so will not formally reopen their investigation.
The Sun’s Nick Parker gets it right:
COPS in Portugal have launched a “cold case” review into the disappearance of Maddie McCann.
The new review does not mean the inquiry is officially reopened. A Portuguese police spokesman said: “Only our attorney general’s office can order the reopening of a case and it would only do that if there was strong new evidence.”
But the McCanns’ Portuguese lawyer Rogerio Alves called the new move a “very positive sign”.
Mr Alves said: “It’s not certain, but what’s happening at the moment is that some of the information passed to the authorities could lead to a reopening of the case.
“There is something that aroused enough interest from the Portuguese and British police to warrant this review in search of new clues. The most plausible explanation is that information passed to or acquired by the Judicial Police has put them on the trail of something specific.”
While the lawyer speculates, even the Express sticks to the facts:
KATE and Gerry McCann were given fresh hope last night as Portuguese police said they were reviewing clues about missing daughter Madeleine.
No new clues, then. Just the old ones looked t once more.
Madeleine McCann is missing. Such is the fact.