Police in London looking into new developments in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Detectives working in Portugal have two new digital images of a suspect they are saying was spotted carrying a child on the night the little girl went missing. They also state that the timeline of events surrounding McCann’s disappearance have changed significantly which has allowed them to create a more detailed reconstruction of the case.
Two separate eyewitnesses report that on the evening of Thursday, May 3, 2007 they spotted a man walking towards the sea holding a young blonde child wearing pajamas who is thought to be similar in age to McCann. Their description of a young white male, between the ages of 20 and 40, with brown hair and of a medium height and build has been composed into an e-fit image that was released earlier today. Detectives are saying that while the man may or may not be a key in unlocking the investigation, finding him and speaking with him is extremely important to them.
Also being closely looked at is the timeline. London Police are saying that the investigators are now able to “place more significance” on the evening’s events. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, the senior investigating officer in the case, is saying that Scotland Yard’s investigation has changed the timeline significantly and has accepted a new version of the night’s events. He would not elaborate any further on what may have changed, but is saying that he hopes more information will come in once the public has seen the updates in timeline reconstruction.
The events in question on the evening of May 3, 2007, have long been a topic of controversy. Madeleine and her family were on vacation at the popular Praia da Luz resort in Portugal. At approximately 8:30 p.m. the young girl’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, had left Madeleine and her siblings alone in their bedroom in the family’s ground floor rental apartment. The couple then proceeded to the resort’s tapas restaurant, which was only about 54 yards away. They claim to have made several checks on the children throughout the course of the evening. Madeline was discovered to be missing by her mother at approximately 10:00 p.m. Initially the police in Portugal had assumed the child either wandered off or was abducted from the room. The McCanns were originally under suspicion due to an error in a British DNA analysis that looked as though Madeleine had died in the apartment. They were officially named as suspects in September of 2007, but were later cleared of all charges the following July when the Attorney General of Portugal closed the case.
The new developments, the reconstruction, and the newly released e-fit images of the man that they police would like to question, are being featured on a special BBC “Crimewatch” show that will air this evening. Maybe the new information will be able to offer some closure in the disappearance of the young Madeline McCann, who would now be over 9 years-old.
By: Mary Kay Love