Digging is halted after eight days of searching for clues in McCann’s disappearance. After combing approximately 60,000 square meters of ground, drains, and abandoned structures, teams from the Scotland Yard and the Portugal Police have put the search temporarily on hold. A statement from Scotland Yard says:
More activity has been agreed and we expect that to commence shortly. In addition further requests are being compiled and will be submitted in due course.The decision to search the “horse shoe” shaped piece of waste ground to the west of Praia da Luz and other sites was as a specific result of the UK’s investigation work to date.
Portuguese police say that several suspects will be questioned in the near future, but not in the coming week. British police, who have already asked to speak with three people of interest, may sit in on the interviews but will not be allowed to take part. The BBC reports that nothing relevant to the case has been found yet in the field search, which has been extended into next week.
British police ask Portuguese authorities for an additional week to search the scrub land. The Metropolitan Police have released no details about the searches, but it’s thought that permission will be given for the extra time.
At least 30 British policemen begin clearing and digging operations in an area of scrub land about a five-minute walk from the apartment where the child disappeared. Sniffer dogs and a team of forensic archaeologists are also at the site. An expert describes the ground-penetrating radar that will be used:
The radar uses electromagnetic waves that are fired into the subsurface at a pretty rapid rate and we measure what comes back from those signals. If you have got a buried object that is sufficiently different, with different properties from the surrounding area, it will show up very, very clearly; whereas if you have got a gradual change it can be difficult to detect.
Portuguese authorities approved plans by Met police to dig for evidence in the resort where Madeleine Mccan disappeared. New information is not the cause for the operation but there appears to be information given to the Portuguese over the past years indicating there is evidence to be found at certain locations.
The McCann’s sue former Portuguese police chief, Goncalo Amaral, for book released in July 2008. Amaral claims in his book that the parents are to blame for the girls disappearance in an attempt to elongate investigations and cover up her death in their holiday apartment.
The McCann’s sue former Portuguese police chief, Goncalo Amaral, for his claims in his book that they are to blame for the girl’s disappearance and have attemptted to lengthen investigations to cover up her death in their holiday apartment.
Antonio Castela claims he picked up Madeleine Mccan the night after she disappears. Castela immediately reports sighting to police after three men, a woman and a young girl got into his cab in Algarve about an hours drive from Praia de Luz, where the family holiday apartment is located. Castela was never interviewed by police.
Madeleine disappears from an apartment while on holiday with parents and twin siblings in Praia da Luz. It is believed she is taken from her bed while her parents are dining at a nearby restaurant with friends.