Madeleine McCann: Searching Barragem da Bravura For Signs Of A Story
Madeleine McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. Today the Mirror leads with a Madeleine McCann ‘BOMBSHELL’:
The “MADDIE COPS IGNORED LAKE TIP-OFF”.
David Collins notes:
A letter handed in to Portuguese police claimed to know the final resting place of Madeleine McCann, it has emerged.
Well, there have been many tip-offs. But they’ve all come to nothing.
An employee of the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz found the letter in the doorway of apartment 5A, where Madeleine vanished, on the first anniversary of her disappearance. The handyman, who we are not naming but was formerly employed by the holiday resort, immediately handed in the note to the police in May 2008.
What did t ysay?
The note was heade: “Madeleine Beth McCann”. It contained “a description below of how she had been dumped in the Barragem da Bravura reservoir, nine miles from the holiday resort.”
“It was raining that night so it was soaking wet when I found it. It clearly said Madeleine’s name at the top. It was written in Portuguese. Beneath it was a location for what it claimed was her final resting place.I spoke to the other staff about it and they said to hand it in to the Portuguese police. I gave it to them, but I have no idea what they did about it. It would be the perfect place to hide a body.”
If he had no idea what the police did with the note, how does the Mirror know it was “ignored”? The note finder took no photograph of the missive.
It is believed that although the surrounding woodland was initially looked at by detectives on the case, there has never been an underwater search of the reservoir.
No news, thenb. But we get a reaction from the spokesman for Madleeine McCanns’ parents:
Clarence Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry will be informed of what this witness is telling the Daily Mirror….”
Or they could just read the paper.
As for more facts, we get none:
Detectives believed it was a possibility the youngster’s body may have been weighed down with rocks and disposed of in the huge expanse of water. However reports at the time say police, along with specially trained sniffer dogs, spent just two hours at the site and are not thought to have deployed underwater search teams.
We then hear form an anonymous source, who appears to have kep constant vigiul at the lake:
One eyewitness, who was there at the time of the search, said: “I never saw any divers physically trawl through that lake. The water is dark and murky and would need to be searched thoroughly. It’s so close to Praia da Luz, and such an obvious place to hide a body, that I’m amazed following an actual tip off this hasn’t been done.”
But maybe it was done. The Mirror says it isunsure if the lake was searched.
It has previously been reported how a Dutch newspaper was sent an anonymous letter and a map of the area near the same reservoir bearing a cross and the words: “Where Madeleine is buried.”
In February 2008, a team of divers hired by Portuguese lawyer Marcos Aragao Correia searched the Barragem do Arada reservoir, which is 35 miles east of Praia da Luz. The human rights lawyer claimed that underworld criminals told him Madeleine was dumped in a nearby lake that was “deserted with lots of trees and a beach area” – however the search came to nothing.
So. Police do not ignore tip-offs.
In 2007, the Sun reported:
“HUNT FOR MISSING GIRL’S BODY”
“MADDIE COPS DRAG LAKE” – Portuguese police are looking over a lake dubbed the “Reservoir of Wilderness”
Maddie hunt switches to Reservoir of Wilderness – PARENT’S DISMAY AS DIVERS CALLED IN”
The Express led with:
“MADELEINE – POLICE SEARCH LAKE FOR BODY”
“Teams trawl lake and beaches in Madeleine search”