Madeleine McCann: 3 Suspects, All Parents Are Good And Killing Summer In Praia de Luz
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak look at the missing child in the news. In today’s newspapers.
The missing child is not on any of the front pages.
The Mirror: “Madeleine McCann search: Family of missing Ben Needham say ‘thoughts and prayers’ are with the McCanns”
Ben was just 21-months-old when he disappeared from the Greek island of Kos in 1991. A review into his disappearance was held in 2012, with some of the experts from that operation now being used in the renewed search for Madeleine.
23 years on, no trace of Ben has yet been found.
The police never looked that hard for him.
His family told Sky News: “Our thoughts are with the McCanns in this search for Madeleine. We ourselves know that this sort of investigation will be a very difficult time for the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
BBC: “Madeleine McCann: Police due to conclude scrubland search”
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are expected to spend a final day searching scrubland before moving on to new locations.
The operation on the 15-acre site in Praia da Luz started last Monday and was due to last five days but an extension was granted.
The Express: “Madeleine McCann: Three to be quizzed as hunt continues”
POLICE hunting for Madeleine McCann are expected to question at least three suspects “in the very near future”.
Do we know who they are?
Scotland Yard has identified eight men it believescould help solve the mystery of Madeleine’s disappearance in 2007 and is understood to have asked to question three of them. The eight are thought to include drug dealers and burglars.
So. Not suspects. Rather, people who could help police with their enquiries. But the word ‘suspects’ is out there:
Herald Scotland: “DETECTIVES investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are likely to question “several suspects” in the near future, according to reports.”
The Irish Indy adds that: “Portuguese to arrest Maddie suspects for Met”
Portugal’s attorney-general’s office said in January it had received an international letter of request in regard to “prime suspects” sent by British police investigating the disappearance. Yesterday the source said there was still no date set for questioning but that it would not happen during the current search phase of the investigation, which would expand to new sites on Wednesday, culminating by “no later than next Friday.”
The Mail makes links:
Search for Madeleine McCann to move to new site around water treatment plant linked to suspect…
The search for Madeleine McCann is to move to scrubland around a water treatment plant where a prime suspect may have worked…
Heroin addict Euclides Monteiro was working at a water and sewage plant in Lagos, four miles from the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz where Madeleine was staying with her parents, Gerry and Kate.
The police will have a job interviewing him. He’s dead.
The Guardian looks at the locals:
The Praia de Luz mayor, Victor Mata, has said the timing of last week’s search – which coincides with the resort’s busiest holiday period and brought dozens of journalists back to the area – “couldn’t be worse”. He said local tourism was suffering and people were being “punished”. Mata warned that if there were more searches in future, he would seek court action to stop them happening during peak summer period. “The people of Luz are not against the searches for Madeleine but seeing as it’s been seven years, they would have appreciated it if they could have started in a few months’ time.”
And the McCanns:
Kate and Gerry McCann released a statement on their website saying they were “encouraged by the progress” being made by search teams in Portugal.
Writing on their Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page, the couple said: “We are kept updated on the ongoing work in Portugal,” and added: “Thank you for continuing to stand by us and supporting our efforts to get Madeleine home.”
Today’s round-up ends with the Mirror looking at “trolls”:
Madeleine McCann search digs up the haters and misguided conspiracy theorists
Sky News presenter Kay Burley says ignore the haters and think of two desperate parents hundreds of miles away hoping against hope that nothing is found this time
Ignore the “haters” by reading about the, er, “haters”? Having called Madeleine “Beautiful” – because looks mater when an innocent child goes missing – Burley soon speculates:
This week, seven years on, police from the Met have begun searching an area of scrubland near the apartment including a deep, concealed shaft and sewers.
Could this prove to be the final resting place?
I am absolutely staggered by the number of people on social media who think they know exactly what happened to little Madeleine.
People on twitter rush to judgement on the parents and write balls? Who knew? She then gives examples where bad people had jumped to bad conclusions:
They point out Kate refused to answer some questions put her by the Portuguese police. Kate was with her lawyer when interviewed by the police. She would have been advised what to say.
You can read those questions on the BBC.
Easy to dismiss such claims as Looney Tunes, but even a national newspaper was guilty of claiming the McCanns know more than they have told the police .
Even a national newspaper… Wow. Yes, the McCanns were libelled. There is no evidence they did any wrong to their missing daughter. They are not suspects. But Burley should also recall a newspaper whose reporter wrongly pointed the finger at the innocent Robert Murat. That reporter worked for the … Daily Mirror. He claimed damages against lots of papers, including the Mirror. In July 2008, Murat accepted more than £600,000 in damages from 11 British newspapers, including the Mirror, after he was libelled in more than 100 articles.
Burley then adds:
As a mother I am offended and appalled by such unfounded allegations.
Robert Murat is a father. The Mirror was one of many who thought bad of him.
And – get this – only a parent could understand that an innocent child’s vanishing is appalling. Because parents always look after their kids… Always. Check the papers, family courts, criminal courts and police records. It’s an indisputable fact.