Madeleine McCann: Ines Sequeira, Belief And Unnamed Sources
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s regular looks at the missing child in the media.
The Mirror: “New Madeleine McCann prosecutor has vowed to solve case – bringing fresh hope to her parents”
High-flying investigator Ines Sequeira has taken on the case and British detectives believe her appointment will shake up the investigation
Taken over the Met’s Operation Grange?
A new prosecutor has been put in charge of the Madeleine McCann case – and has vowed to solve it. High-flying investigator Ines Sequeira said she was “utterly determined” to crack the case, bringing fresh hope to Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry.
Encouraging news. Who is she? And why now?
British detectives believe the appointment will shake up the probe and Scotland Yard officers will fly out next week to discuss a shortlist of seven prime suspects with their Portuguese counterparts.
And we’re off. ‘Believe’ is not a fact. And facts matter.
A source close to the inquiry said: “Ms Sequeira is one of the sharpest and most ambitious prosecutors in Portugal. She is utterly determined to get a result on the Madeleine inquiry. British police are telling the McCanns they’re doing everything in their power to find out what happened.”
What source? Why not name them?
And only now do we learn that Miss Sequeira is Portuguese.
The Mirror goes on:
It is understood the investigation into Alice Gross, a 14-year-old schoolgirl found dead in west London, held up Operation Grange as resources were diverted during a huge search effort last week.
British police will arrive in Portugal next week to discuss plans to interrogate the seven shortlisted suspects and request permission to search their homes. British detectives are trying to get a fifth letter of international request approved by the Portuguese authorities, which would allow them to continue their work on the ground in Portugal.
The Met’s Operation Grange team, set up to review the case, believe Madeleine may have been killed during a bungled break-in at the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz in May, 2007 while her parents were eating out nearby.
They will interview three of the seven suspects for a second time and request permission to search their homes. The three suspects to be re-interviewed are understood to be Jose Carlos Fernandes da Silva, an ex-worker at the Ocean Club resort, Paulo Ribeiro, who looks like a man seen near the apartment, and charity collector Ricardo Rodrigues.
And more facts:
Madeleine’s parents have been buoyed up by the joint efforts of the two country’s police forces. They believe Madeleine, who would now be aged 11, could still be alive. McCann spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry will not comment on Operation Grange.”
The Daily Mail picks up the story, and sums up the entire story in a few words::
A new Portuguese prosecutor has been charged with solving the disappearance of Madeleine McCann seven years after the British child vanished from her holiday apartment.
Fiona Phillips in the Mirror:
Maddie McCann and April Jones: We need to raise the alarm over missing children
There is nothing worse than losing a child. Only, there might be.
Are be being invited to imagine worse? Ok, but this is a family-freindly website…
Surely, there can be nothing worse than losing a child at the hands of someone else.
The sheer guilt that they should have been with you, the what-ifs and the if-onlys, the not daring to imagine what they’ve been through or are still going through.
Maybe you just want the killer killed? Maybe you feel no guilt because you did nothing wriong. Maybe you want bloody vengeance. You know, maybe.
It is a parent’s worst nightmare – a horrific, unimaginable scenario that no one would want visited upon them.
Having invited readers to imagine the unimaginable, She adds:
Kate and Gerry McCann and Coral and Paul Jones are living with that horror each and every day.
Thanks for that, Fiona.
For Coral and Paul, it is a distress that will never leave. Their little five-year-old girl was snatched by alcoholic paedophile Mark Bridger, a man they thought they knew; the man who killed their daughter and steadfastly refuses to say where her remains are….
For Kate and Gerry, the where? why? how? who? the what-ifs and the if-onlys go on and on and on.
And on and on and on until a page is filled.
On Wednesday night I was with Coral, Paul, Kate and Gerry, hosting a fundraising dinner for the charity Missing People.
Both mums are passionate that a Child Rescue Alert system becomes a routine part of procedure when a child goes missing. It alerts the public to an abduction, as soon as possible, preferably in the first vital few hours after a child disappears, which are crucial to the success of finding the child before they’re harmed.
You can sign up to receive Child Rescue Alerts at childrescuealert.org.uk. It would make Coral’s day.
The media already has.
The Press Association caption the photo above:
Gerry and Kate McCann speak outside the Palace of Justice in Lisbon, Portugal, after they told a court of their “devastation, desperation, anxiety and pain” when a former Portuguese detective accused them of faking their daughter’s abduction and hiding her body.
Issue date: Tuesday July 8, 2014. The McCanns delivered personal statements in the libel case brought by them against Goncalo Amaral over his claims in a book and documentary about their role in the girl’s disappearance. The couple both gave powerful descriptions of the impact that the allegations have had on them, their other children and their struggle to find their daughter after she went missing in Praia da Luz on the Algarve in 2007.
Such are the facts…