Sunday 23 July 2017

Algarve police use 'psychics' in hunt for Madeleine

David Brown

PORTUGUESE detectives hunting for missing Madeleine McCann are following up information from psychics and clairvoyants.

Officers believe whoever abducted the four-year-old from an Algarve holiday apartment 29 days ago may try to alert them to her whereabouts by claiming to have seen her in a vision.

The Policia Judiciaria has two dossiers of apparent visions and psychic sightings of Madeleine. Hundreds of reports from people claiming to know where she is are being checked.

It is not known if a "vision" led to Portuguese detectives asking British police to raid homes in the UK, where they found no trace of the child.

The decision to treat "visions" seriously will fuel criticism of the investigation.

Kate and Gerry McCann, Madeleine's parents, have travelled to Madrid to appeal to the Spanish public for help in finding her.

Meanwhile, a west Donegal community, moved by the plight of the family, has donated over €18,000 to a local bank account to assist in the campaign to find her, writes Anita Guidera.

The McCann family are from Rothley, Leicestershire, but have strong Donegal connections.

Philomena McCann, aunt of Madeleine told the 'Donegal Democrat' newspaper that the family was overwhelmed with the support they had been receiving from Donegal, where the McCann family had visited at Easter, just two weeks before the tragedy struck on their sun holiday.

Prayer services continue to be held throughout the county. And over €18,000 has been donated to a special bank account set up at the AIB in Dungloe just three weeks ago, a third of which was collected in the Rosses area where Kate McCann's family originated.

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