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Madeleine McCann's family says police lead on new suspect is 'very significant'

 

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FILE PHOTO: Kate McCann, whose daughter Madeleine went missing during a family holiday to Portugal in 2007, attends a news conference at the launch of her book in London May 12, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File Photo

 

LONDON (Reuters) - The parents of Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in Portugal in 2007 aged just three, said on Thursday that the announcement of a new suspect was a potentially very significant development in the 13-year worldwide hunt for their daughter.

 

McCann disappeared from her bedroom on May 3 during a family holiday in the Algarve while her parents were dining with friends nearby in the resort of Praia da Luz.

 

British and German police appealed on Wednesday for information about a German child sex offender currently imprisoned in Germany. He was 30 at the time of McCann's disappearance.

 

"Kate and Gerry do feel it's potentially very significant," said Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for the family, told BBC radio. "They've never given up hope that she may still be found alive but they are realistic."

 

"Whatever the outcome of this particular line of investigation maybe, they do need to know what happened to their daughter to find peace and to bring whoever is responsible to justice," Mitchell said.

 

Police want to speak to anyone who has relevant information on a 43-year old man, whom they did not name, or the movements of two vehicles linked to him during the period around the girl's disappearance. Both cars, a Volkswagen camper van and a Jaguar, are now in the possession of German police.

 

The suspect, German police said, lived in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007 - and for several years in a house near Praia da Luz - and burgled hotels and holiday flats as well as trading drugs.

 

German police said the man has been "sentenced on numerous occasions to prison terms for sexual abuse of children in the past."

 

They said they were treating the case as a suspected murder and had determined the method used to kill McCann. They did not believe the murder was pre-meditated and said the man was involved in crimes like break-ins and burglary.

 

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The worst part of the article:  German police said the man has been "sentenced on numerous occasions to prison terms for sexual abuse of children in the past."

 

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Excellent.

 

Well done to the German police. They are professional, highly competent and will be thorough.

 

There comments are encouraging but confirm the worst which the family must have been prepared for for sometime.

 

 

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So sad and tragic. Poor, sweet innocent child, and her mum n dad OMG how terrible.

As a very small child (I don't remember any of this event) a friend of our family had their child taken from her bedroom at night in Melbourne through the wire screen on her window. The poor innocent child was found after a thorough police investigation dead. I hope this little girl somehow wasn't killed and she is alive somewhere. 

Hope the Deutsche Polizei can find DNA evidence, if any Police force on earth is capable of excellent forensic work I'd say they are.

If this guy took her and did kill her I hope they find him quick. 

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Days of fear. I remember these days, I was on vacation in FARO with wife and daughter ... news, radio and television Talking about the tragedy all day, all mothers and friends in paranoia.  I hope they find the culprit ... it hurts that Portugal does not have the death penalty because surely sadly, the girl has been murdered.

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1 hour ago, Baerboxer said:

Excellent.

 

Well done to the German police. They are professional, highly competent and will be thorough.

 

There comments are encouraging but confirm the worst which the family must have been prepared for for sometime.

Portugese plod will have some explaining to do if this latest development secures a conviction.

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5 hours ago, DPKANKAN said:

Indeed. But they should not have left a 3 year old alone, in an hotel room, in a foreign Country. They have a big responsibility on their shoulders too!!😡😡😡😡😷😷😷😷

Totally  agree, unless they are sociopaths  their guilt in this  part must make this doubly hurtful. I am not sure I would be able to live with myself. 

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So 13 years and 12 million quid later the UK police could not come up with a convicted pedophile living 2 miles away, absolutle incompetence.

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5 hours ago, evadgib said:

Portugese plod will have some explaining to do if this latest development secures a conviction.

So will the UK Met.  As I tend to think; intelligent, talented people do not join the Police Service, in any country. Recent events all over the World seem to back up that assertion. 

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