Wednesday, 6 August 2008

The McCann Case: A “Mystery girl” and Mr. Clarence doubts

Mystery girl in Maddy hunt” was today's headline of the Evening Standard. “The CCTV picture taken hours after she vanished from Algarve villa. Why did police keep it secret?”, asks the newspaper. The picture was taken on May 4 and PJ was informed of an alleged sighting of Madeleine.

The same day, PJ inspectors J.C. Franco and C. Lucas, went to that gas station (from GALP, a Portuguese company) at A22, a highway that crosses Algarve, from East to West. The two inspectors, according to the report signed by them and included in the DVD files made available to journalists, got the CCTV images and showed Madeleine's picture to the employees of the shop.

The employees confirmed that the girl they saw, a few hours before (11:10 am) was not Madeleine McCann. Images were viewed and analysed by PJ technicians and the result was negative – it was not Madeleine. The two PJ inspectors went also to the gas station on the opposite side of the highway (in the West-East direction), and the result was the same. They did it also at another Galp station, near Loulé, with the same results.

Just as a curiosity, the Metro refers that these images were seen by the McCann, who also ruled out the possibility of being her daughter. Anyway, the Evening Star even wrote that “it is not clear if the image released today was thoroughly checked by Portuguese officers.” Mr. Clarence Mitchell is quoted by the newspaper: "Was that sighting followed up and ruled out properly? We just don't know."

PJ received a second information, the same day – May 4 – about a blonde girls seen in another shop, at another gas station. This one was a Repsol gas station, at Vale do Paraíso, near Albufeira. PJ Inspector A. Silva went there, got the CCTV images, talked with employees and it was easy to conclude it couldn't be Madeleine. As the PJ inspector wrote in his report (available at the DVD given to journalists) there was no positive identification and the child had very long hair, clearly visible. As hair grows at a rate of around 1 cm every month, Madeleine couldn't have a so long hair, on May 4, he wrote. The Daily Mail published the picture with a caption: “Clues: Another possible sighting contained in the file”...


Duarte Levy and Paulo Reis

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5 comments:

guerra said...

The attempts to rehabilitate the McCann's reputation has begun. I just watched a BBC news piece that implied that many leads weren't followed up and that tried to give credence to Jane Tanner's claims. What is going to happen now is that the British press is going to rehash all the sightings to affirm the theory of abduction. All these recorded sightings will now be reported as being investigated by the McCann team. After some time the McCann team who will come up with nothing will blame the Portuguese police for withholding this evidence for all these months.
It is really frustrating to see a cover up on such a massive scale, especially when people are criticized for trying to find the truth. Isn't there anyone beside Mr. Amaral who has the courage to confront the false claims made by the media, Mr. Mitchell and the McCanns?

Anonymous said...

Yes,they proceed the face washing.

I hope never the world forget so much many lies from mcs and company.

The ££££££££ are very strong and when they talk is with much noise.A lot of noise...

Anonymous said...

I just read this in News From My Big Desk (original from Enfants Kidnappes): "If they took the trouble to be objective and wanted to honestly inform people, they would publish the whole document, stressing that the lead was followed up and eliminated.
They would publish the fact that the he PJ suggested that Kate came with them to check if it was Maddie but that she responded, and I quote from the case file, that she, "had other things to do," which really staggered the investigators! That is also in the report"

We, the general public, are, once more, in the hands of media that is inaccurate, dishonest and lazzy. Because we don't have access to the files, we get confused with these stories, although sometimes there comes a blog or a news agencie that helps us to see the big picture...
I fear this strategy of incomplete news that only benefits the liars will prevail and ultimately win. It's easy: Chop the truth in pieces, add some lies to it at will; mix it very well several times a day and keep on adding BS… in the end no one will be able to put all those pieces together.

Anonymous said...

I think that the 48 questions that Mrs McCann refused to answer are going to be what begins to unravel the spin. After all the media can hardly ignore such a significant refusal of cooperation by somebody who pledged to leave no stone unturned in the search for her daughter. Mrs McCann cannot fail to have known that, by refusing to answer the PJ's questions, she would reinforce their suspicions about her involvement and ensure that she and not finding Madeleine remained the focus of the investigation.

Mr McCann's willingness to answer the PJ's questions the following day makes Mrs McCann's refusal even more bizarre. One is tempted to conclude that (a) she couldn't tell the truth and (b) she didn't feel confident about coming up with lies that would be consistent with what they had said before.

Anonymous said...

Doesn’t this man get that sooner or later people will know this is just an easily exposed lie and that the sightings were investigated, coming to the conclusion, once more, that he must be a very sick man. Or maybe he’s just trying to help his friends from the media (loyal friends they were) make a little extra money.