Madeleine McCann: Police And Sources Are Digging With Emotion At Praia Da Luz
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at reporting on the missing child:
Daily Mirror (front page):
“MADDIE COPS TO START DIGGING UP RESORT”
It is a “WORLD EXCLUSIVE”.
Kate and Gerry McCann have never given up hope their missing daughter Madeleine is alive – but they are now bracing themselves for the heartbreak of a police search for her body. Scotland Yard detectives are preparing to go to Portugal to launch extensive digs in and around the holiday area where the youngster vanished seven years ago at the age of three. The tormented couple have been briefed by officers about their plans to search three sites near the Praia da Luz resort they were staying at.
It is understood a team of highly-skilled forensic officers will use radar equipment to look underground in the grim hunt for clues.
How does the Mirror know?
A source close to the McCann’s said: “Kate and Gerry have been told police will be conducting the searches in and around Praia da Luz as soon as they get the green light from Portuguese authorities. There will be earth diggers everywhere and it will look very dramatic and it will be a heartbreaking and hugely emotional time for Madeleine’s poor parents.”
Is this story about the child or her parents’ state of mind?
“They don’t believe police are acting on any new tip off…”
Believe. What other facts?
“…They just need to carry out their own digs, looking for any possible clues that Portuguese authorities may have missed on their previous searches. It will not be a mere fingertip search of certain areas, it will be full ground searches, using radar and other equipment. It is such a sensitive part of their investigation but it has to be done.”
Police will dig two areas of land surrounding the Ocean Club’s Apartment 5A, where Madeleine vanished on May 3 2007, and an area on the nearby beach.
Why would this news come via an unnamed source and not from the police themselves, who have been using the media well? Still, if they find a clue to solving the media’s tabloid story of the century, then all to the good.
Such are the facts.