Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Force have today released a statement via the officer in charge, DCI Andy Redwood about the current progress of the investigative review into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The team, consisting of 30 odd officers have approached the investigation with an open mind and are working on two possibilities - one that Madeleine is alive and secondly that she is sadly dead. Work of the team involves close collaboration with a senior investigating officer from the Policia Judiciara and the object is to bring closure to the case, starting with the reopening of the investigation in Portugal.
In accordance with the former line of enquiry, the Met have released an age progressed picture of what Madeleine might look like if she was nine years old...
Please remember there are lots of little girls worldwide who look very similar to this idea of a girl and it would be a very bad idea to accost or grab any child in public. Many lives have been disrupted by wrongful accusations in the past 5 years. Children and parents have been extremely traumatised and in one Moroccan episode, a father pitifully thrust his daughter's birth certificate into the faces of parasitic news crews. Another child grappled with was a boy. So... please contact the local police in the first instance and watch from afar if you are crazy enough to think that the child in front of you may be a nine year old Madeleline. Especially if she's really only five, six or seven years old.
Maybe one day some crackpot will get it right and it will be Madeleline. However after reading and watching the cadaver dogs involved in the McCann case, I have very serious doubts that this will ever happen. Amongst the many niggles that I still have, I wonder why the team running Operation Grange seem to have overlooked the fact that a British cadaver dog alerted to the scent of death in apartment 5a, in the hire car, on Kate McCann's clothing, on Sean's t-shirt and Madeleine's apparent favourite cuddly toy, Cuddlecat. All subject to strict test conditions where several cars and items were analysed. The dogs alerted only to McCann related items, nothing else.
Are the Met dismissing their own £500 a day cadaver dogs? If so, what about all the other cases where these dogs have alerted to the scent of death. Such as the Suzanne Pilley and Kate Prout murder cases. Both perpetrators of these heinous murders were convicted without a body being discovered and are thankfully behind bars.
DCI Redwood says the team are only one quarter of the way through the extensive pile of information pooled by them. Perhaps they just haven't reached the dog chapter yet...
And if they can perhaps explain away the scent of death then I may come around. In the meantime... here's hoping Scotland Yard can encourage something the parents have never shown an interest in... the reopening of the case in Portugal.