Tuesday 22 August 2017

Madeleine McCann 'was brought to caves near apartment after kidnapping' - investigator

Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday home in Portugal's Algarve region in May 2007, days before her fourth birthday
Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday home in Portugal's Algarve region in May 2007, days before her fourth birthday
Madeleine McCann Photo: PA Wire
Gerry and Kate McCann. The 10th anniversary of their little girl's disappearance is approaching Photo: Alban Donohoe/Sunday Mirror/PA Wire
Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007 Photo: PA
Madeleine McCann has been missing for almost ten years Photo:Getty

Hayley Halpin

A Portuguese investigator has suggested that Madeleine McCann may have been taken to caves nearby after her kidnapping and that the caves have never been searched.

The suggestion comes from ex-police officer Paulo Pereira Cristovao, who became the manager of Portugal’s missing children agency during the year that the Madeleine went missing.

In the lead up to the 10th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance in Praia da Luz, Mr. Cristovao has provided his own theory as to how the child disappeared. He suggests that Madeleine could have been taken to the caves in the nearby beach town of Burgau.

According to the Sunday Mirror, he came up with this conclusion after putting himself in the shoes of the kidnapper on his first visit to the Ocean Club apartments where the McCann family stayed.

Madeleine McCann Photo: PA Wire
Madeleine McCann Photo: PA Wire

Speaking to the newspaper, Mr. Cristovao said: “I put myself in the role of someone who knew nothing about the streets or the region. Where would I put the body of a girl?”

“I stood at the apartment door - to the right is the town of Portimao. There are lots of people there, lots of buildings.

“If I had kidnapped her that’s not the way I’d want to go. I would want to go left and find the first side road,” he told the newspaper.

From there, Mr. Cristovao drove straight to Burgau, a nearby beach town with a number of caves.

Gerry and Kate McCann. The 10th anniversary of their little girl's disappearance is approaching Photo: Alban Donohoe/Sunday Mirror/PA Wire
Gerry and Kate McCann. The 10th anniversary of their little girl's disappearance is approaching Photo: Alban Donohoe/Sunday Mirror/PA Wire

He said that the world has heard theories “so stupid” over the past ten years and that when people don’t understand something, they complicate it.

“I think sometimes - always - the best solution is the simple solution,” he added.

Mr Cristovao went on to note that while there was 12 other missing children in Portugal when Madeleine went missing, the money spent on Madeleine was more than all 12 cases put together.

“That’s one of the lessons too, not always putting big numbers and lots of policemen. Sometimes you don’t need 400 officers, you need only three or four to focus on the results,” he said.

Madeleine McCann has been missing for almost ten years Photo:Getty
Madeleine McCann has been missing for almost ten years Photo:Getty

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