Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Portuguese papers claim missing Madeleine died in the apartment...

Another sinister turn in the hunt for Madeleine McCann: Unconfirmed reports in the Portuguese media that police believe she died in her bedroom and that she was not kidnapped.

The news reports prompted her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, to give a fresh round of TV interviews today. They are convinced that their little girl is alive and say Portuguese Police have assured them in recent days that they are still hunting for a little girl - not a body.

Meanwhile, more disturbing news on reports that blood traces have been found (as I posted HERE last night).

BBC TV reported tonight that Portuguese Police have confirmed blood particles have been found in the past week by British detectives examining the apartment where Madeleine was last seen alive almost 100 days ago. The blood is now being analysed to see if it could have come from Madeleine.

But the discovery of blood in the apartment has changed the mood of the media coverage in Portugal. Newspapers there are now claiming that senior police sources have revealed they have definitively abandoned the theory that she was abducted and are convinced she died as a result of negligence or murder.

According to British press reports, Portuguese Police have confirmed that Madeleine's parents are not suspects.

Officers from the Policia Judiciaria are to interview the McCanns again - as well as six friends.

Three months on, the nightmare continues...

UPDATE: The Daily Telegraph website has an update.

UPDATE 2: Leicester Mercury

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