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Maddie McCann: 'No body, no case'

Despite various conspiracy theories the young girl remains missing

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Madeleine sightings?
Sept. 24: Two people say they saw missing Madeleine McCann in Morocco days after she disappeared. Dan Abrams discusses the new details with America's Most Wanted's Ed Miller and former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt.
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We are just days away from the five-month anniversary of the disappearance of then-3-year-old Madeleine McCann from the vacation hotel bedroom she shared with her 2-year-old twin brother and sister, and the investigative trail appears to have grown cold for Portuguese police. 

Three options were initially on the table to explain young Maddy’s disappearance on that warm evening in which her parents, both medical doctors, shared dinner with seven friends in a restaurant half the distance of a football field from the room where the three McCann children slept.  Option one was that Madeleine awoke and wandered off, perhaps falling victim to some terrible accident.  Option two: one or more pedophiles or hired kidnappers stalked and carried her away without a sound.  Option three, the one Portuguese police appear to have finally settled on, has Madeleine, an admittedly rambunctious child, being given a sedative by her mother to insure she slept while her parents dined, and that somehow before dinner that night she died.  The police theory continues that her parents then calmly hid her body, went to dinner and participated in small talk for a few hours.  After,  they “discover her missing” and announce her disappearance to the world, only to retrieve her body at some later date and take it to a designated disposal site where, to date, she has yet to be found.

While there is some confusion as to the sequence of events during the critical time period between 6:00 pm to 10:00 p.m. that fateful night, what we do know is her parents must share some element of guilt and responsibility as they left her and her siblings alone, especially since a babysitting service was available in the resort.  We also know that Madeleine remains missing to this date, with no known evidence to strongly support any of the above theories concerning her disappearance.

Maddie's parents under pressure from police
The last few weeks have seen the McCann’s come under increased pressure from the Portuguese police to “confess” to their role in their daughter’s disappearance and suggested death.  Information coming forth now suggests that the “significant amount of forensic evidence” the Portuguese police have said links the McCanns to Madeleine’s disappearance actually may be, as suspected from the start, just an attempt by the police to put pressure on the parents to either make them confess or chase them out of Portugal.

The British forensic lab that examined the evidence gathered by the police from the hotel room from which Madeleine allegedly disappeared and the rental car police have suggested was used by the parents to transport Madeleine’s dead body,  have stated that police “widely misused” the results of the forensic examinations, leaking tothe local Portuguese media false and damning information allegedly supporting the police theory that the McCanns were  responsible for Madeleine’s disappearance and death.  Meanwhile, Drs. Kate and Gerry McCann have allegedly secured the investigative assistance of England’s Control Risk Group, a company I have worked with, that employs former British military (SAS) and intelligence agents and similar personnel from the U.S. to find missing people.  It is something they are very good at doing. 


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