Gypsy link to Maddie

LAST UPDATED: 23 Jan, 2012 @ 09:08
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Gypsy link to Maddie

BRITISH detectives are to return to Spain to investigate a possible gypsy link in the disappearance of Maddie McCann.

A team from Scotland Yard have already spent three days looking into claims that the youngster was smuggled into Spain and taken to Barcelona.

They met with both Spain’s UDYCO organised crime unit and detective Dave Edgar, who has spent years investigating the Spanish claims.

Now they are reported to be returning to investigate the theory that she was snatched by a child kidnap gang run by gypsies.

Portuguese police have already investigated a report by holidaymaker Andre van Wyk that he had seen a girl resembling Madeleine being taken in a cart to a gypsy camp near Portimao, about 16kms from where Maddie disappeared.

Days later a British holidaymaker Jean Godwin saw a girl – ‘100 per cent Madeleine’ – being dragged around by ‘gypsy women’ 35kms away.

Her information was followed up by both detective Edgar working for the McCann’s and Portuguese police, but nothing was ever conclusive.

The latest development is part of an on-going ‘investigative review’ into the girl’s disappearance in Portugal in 2007, ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron last year.

Last week, the McCann’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry welcome the on-going work by the Metropolitan Police and they are pleased that the investigative review is making progress.”

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  1. That e-fit on the right hand of this page labelled this is what madeleine could look like now ??? Wasn’t that made in 2009 when she would have been 5 or 6 years old? It looks more like a 13 year old??

    I hope they find Madeleine instead of endlessly rehashing old invalid sightings.

  2. I think it more likely they are talking to Metodo3 about why the “detective” who supposedly gave all the details of the ‘sightings’ in Morocco is now doing 18 years in prison for stealing half a tonne of cocaine. It was UDYCO that did the investigation. Edgar is the one who failed so spectacularly to follow up the nonsense about the Victoria Beckham lookalike in the port in Barcelona. And he is also the one who insists that Madeleine is being held in a ‘hellish lair” (his words) within 10 miles of PdL.

  3. The latest on the news today is that they have taken 30 boxes of documents, and …Wait for it … there are up to 8 important leads ! Important leads that neither Metodo3, nor Edgar have bothered with over the last 4 years ? Or does it have anything to do with the Leverson Inquiry where today it has clearly been said that the release and publication of Kate’s diaries in NOTW was sanctioned by the McCanns, whereas Kate has already said under oath that it was not ? Which story gets into the press tomorrow ? I think we know.

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