Anorak News | Madeleine McCann: The Scenic 17, Dr Denny Says And DNA

Madeleine McCann: The Scenic 17, Dr Denny Says And DNA

by | 4th, December 2007

mccann-renault.jpgMADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS page 21: “New DNA tests could unlock the mystery of lost Madeleine”

More DNA tests at the Forensic Science Service laboratory in Birmingham And this after the DNA tests proved inconclusive…

“Seventeen human cells could provide a major breakthrough in the Madeleine McCann mystery…The DNA samples are being examined by scientists in Britain and Portuguese detectives believe the evidence could unlock an investigation which is now in its eighth month”

The Tapas 7. The Tapas 9. The Scenic 17…

Guilhermino Encarnacao, head of the Policia Judiciaria in the Algarve, says: “We have asked the laboratory to carry out more tests and exhaust every possibility of obtaining conclusive results”

Says Forensic scientist Dr Ronald Denny (not working on the case): “A cell is negligible – you can just about see it under a microscope. It’s a sample someone would leave behind with the touch of a finger. But when placed with certain biochemicals a small amount of DNA grows to a size that can be analysed”

“GP Kate and heart consultant Gerry” are “both 39”

THE SUN page 15: “Only 17 cells of DNA in hol car”

“Cops looking for Madeleine McCann are banking on ‘a smidgen’ of DNA evidence. Scientists have found just 17 cells on samples taken from a hire car rented by Kate and Gerry McCann and their holiday flat”

Says independent forensic expert Dr Ronald Denny: “It is not a hopeless task. If they have 17 cells then they can carry it off very effectively in Birmingham, one of the leading labs in the world”

DAILY MAIL page 5: “Mission Impossible – Forensic evidence too poor to solve mystery of Madeleine, say police”

But Dr Denny is telling two papers otherwise…

A source tells Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas: “It is highly unlikely they will find a DNA connection…If everybody refuses to make statements, which is perfectly possible, we will be left with our hands tied. This is a case which could hang by a thread for years and we may never be able to prove what actually happened to that child”
But what about Dr Denny. Why don’t they ask Dr Denny?

Says Dr Denny: “A person, or their possessions, have to be present for the cells to come off”

DAILY MIRROR page 7: “Maddy: Smidgen of DNA will work?”

Dr Denny is on the case, or not. But the “independent British expert” does have an opinion which is able to share with all of us


Dr Denny is talking to Star readers…

“Top cop in blast at private eyes” – Former deputy chief constable of Manchester Police John Stalker says of Metodo 3: “I’m not impressed with these people at all. I’d be very surprised if they get anywhere”

This is the same Stalker who delivered “MY VERDICT” to Express reader back in October

“There’s a world of difference in following a paper chase and finding a flesh-and-blood child”

Or a newspaper chase…

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 11: “Madeleine tests are ‘mission impossible’”

Says a source in 24 Horas: “The samples reportedly include microscopic spots of blood from the Ocean Club apartment where Madeleine went missing and ‘bodily fluids’ and hair from the Renault Scenic hired by the McCanns 25 days after their daughter’s disappearance. The samples are so small that, while it will not be impossible to find a DNA link between the car, apartment and Madeleine, it’s highly unlikely The tests being carried out are extremely complex”

But Dr Denny says…

Says Clarence Mitchell: “Kate and Gerry’s friends have consistently said they are happy to be re-interviewed by police if necessary. Indeed, they are keen to help if it clears up any inconsistencies. They, like Gerry and Kate, have nothing to hide”

THE GUARDIAN and THE INDEPENDENT: “No Madeleine news today

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