Tuesday 12 December 2017

April Jones: Madeleine McCann expert drafted in to help search for missing girl

THE forensic psychologist who advised detectives searching for Madeleine McCann has been drafted in to help investigate the April Jones abduction, it has emerged.

Joe Sullivan, who advised British and Portuguese police in the search for Madeleine McCann, is one of the experts to have been drafted into the Dyfed Powys police investigation team.

Dr Sullivan, an expert in the character and behaviour of child sex offenders, is said to be giving advice to the detectives interviewing the key suspect, Mark Bridger, according to the Times.

Detectives have until 5pm today to question him, although a court can give them permission to hold him for one more day.

Meanwhile two women claim they spotted a man carrying a bin bag to a river the day after April went missing.

According to the Mirror, they told police he scrambled down a bank not far from where the five-year-old vanished.

Carwen Sheen, 36, said: "I've told the police what I saw. It's up to them now."

She had been standing by a road chatting with a friend on Tuesday when the man appeared with the black bag. He was said to have been acting suspiciously.

The dad of one of the witnesses said last night: "My daughter and a friend saw a man, they know him well. He was coming down a shale bank with a black bag, he was next to the river.

"She has been interviewed by the police since and told them everything she saw."

Other witnesses have described seeing Mr Bridger driving “erratically” through the estate where April lived an hour before she was abducted.

There were reports last night that two women had told police they saw a man carrying a bin bag to a river the day after April disappeared.

By Richard Alleyne and Victoria Ward

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