Anorak | Madeleine McCann: A Crimewatch appeal, living in ‘purgatory’ and the criminal never carried a phone

Madeleine McCann: A Crimewatch appeal, living in ‘purgatory’ and the criminal never carried a phone

by | 4th, October 2013

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at the missing child in the news:

Front page of the Daily Express: “Police close to breakthrough.”



There are “3 news suspects” .

The Yard yesterday revealed new evidence has been uncovered about the fate of the youngster and announced that three more suspects or “persons of interest” have been identified.

They are not suspects, then. They are people the police want to talk with.

The Met is searching phone records from the time the child vanished.  The Express  says:

Police say 99.9 per cent of those who left their phone footprint will be innocent residents, holidaymakers or workers. But they could lead to new witnesses and potentially unearth an abductor.

The 0.1 percent of all human life around Praia da Luz on May 7 is suspicious? And that’s only the ones with mobile phones. What if the criminal didn’t use one?

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the inquiry, said: “We are trying to establish precisely who was nearby when Madeleine disappeared. A lot of the sources of information we would use to solve a crime in London are not available to us in Portugal. There is no CCTV footage so we are having to do it the hard way. We are working outwards from the spot where Madeleine was last seen. It is like peeling the layers of an onion. Everything is designed to bring us to that core moment when she disappeared. We hope to speak to everyone who was in Praia da Luz at the time. The majority will be entirely uninvolved in what happened but some will be witnesses and others may be suspects. This is not just a general trawl. This is a targeted attack on the mobile phone database. It has not happened before.”

What can phone data tell us. The BBC’s  Matthew Wall knows:

As mobile phones constantly send and receive data from mobile phone masts, a user’s location can be identified to within a few hundred metres using triangulation techniques. Modern smartphones with GPS built in can be located far more accurately.

Mobile phone records include the numbers of the call sender and receiver, the call duration and time. Couple this with location information and you can establish where and when callers made or received a call. This information is often used to verify or knock down alibis in criminal cases.

The difficulty for investigators is establishing the identity of the user if the phone is pay-as-you-go (PAYG) rather than on a pay-monthly contract linked to a bank account. PAYG phones, SIM cards and top-up cards can be bought in-store for cash, leaving no identifying trail for investigators to follow.

And because such phones can be lent or sold to other people, establishing exactly who made a telephone call is made even more difficult.

As ever the Star also has incredible news:

Cops’ new clues in the hunt for Madeleine McCann. A BOMBSHELL police theory about Madeleine McCann is to be revealed by Crimewatch.

Great. Another theory. Any facts?

And Madeleine’s doctor parents Kate and Gerry, both 45, will make an appeal for information about a new line of inquiry.

Still both doctors. But what about facts?

The Crimewatch special goes out on Monday, October 14, at 9pm. 

The Sun: “Mobile data key to Maddie hunt”

Key. It is?

POLICE hope mobile phone records at the resort Madeleine McCann vanished from could lead to a breakthrough in their hunt.

So. The mobile data might not be of any use at all, let alone “key”.

Evening Standard : “Exclusive: Inside Scotland Yard’s new Madeleine McCann hunt incident room”

Just Davenport has news:

This is the nerve centre of Scotland Yard’s £5 million investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The Standard was today allowed exclusive access to the incident room in London where detectives are running the world-wide inquiry into the missing child.

The hunt for  the child really is a huge deal.

Located on the second floor of Belgravia police station, the room is the centre of a massive inquiry involving tens of thousands of documents and files. Detectives work surrounded by shelves stacked with 39,000 or so documents from the Operation Grange inquiry. A separate room contains more files from police and private detectives.

Detectives are poised to release a new appeal with “fresh substantive” material and a new theory of what happened when the three-year-old vanished.

Great. Another theory.

Officers are combing through a huge log of mobile phone traffic identified in Praia da Luz, in Portugal, at the time of Maddy’s disappearance while she was on holiday in the Algarve with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann and her twin siblings six years ago. Detectives are focusing on a list of 41 so-called “persons of interest” including 15 British nationals.

The Irish Herald :

The McCanns will appear live on BBC Crimewatch on October 14. The programme will also feature a reconstruction. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: “It’s not just a ‘can you help us’ appeal. There is some different material and a different understanding.”


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