Skip to comments.MADELEINE: POLICE TO SEARCH SHRINE FOR BODY
Posted on 09/17/2007 9:42:46 AM PDT by UKrepublican
MADELEINE: POLICE TO SEARCH SHRINE FOR BODY
POLICE in Portugal believe Madeleine McCann may be buried at one of the holiest sites of the Catholic Church
Officers were last night planning to launch a search at Fatima in central Portugal.
Devout Kate and Gerry McCann made a pilgrimage there three weeks after their daughter vanished from their holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.
Just four days later they rented a car which police believe the couple used to return to the shrine and dispose of Madeleines body.
The search in Fatima is said to be one of a series to be carried out over the next few days. It comes as it was claimed yesterday that Kate could be charged with her daughters murder.
In just five weeks the McCanns clocked up 1,709 miles in the car and police want to question them about every journey they made. The couple claim they ran up the mileage making
frequent return trips from the resort to Faro Airport 55 miles away.
They were picking up and dropping off family and friends who stayed with them as they mounted their campaign to find Madeleine, who vanished on May 3.
But a police source told the Daily Express yesterday that officers were not satisfied with the explanation the McCanns gave them.
They now believe the couple made the 500-mile return trip to Fatima to dispose of their daughters body.
It is one of the few places in Portugal outside the Algarve that the McCanns are known to have visited in the days after Madeleine disappeared.
Officers want to examine a pasture called the Cova da Iria near the village of Aljustrel a mile from Fatima where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three children in 1917.
Police believe Madeleine died as a result of an accident and her body was hidden before being moved in the McCanns hire car.
They are convinced Gerry and Kate McCanns devotion to their faith played a key role in how they supposedly disposed of the body.
The McCanns visit to Fatima on May 23 was the first of a series of organised trips to raise awareness for their campaign to find their missing daughter.
By the time they signed a rental agreement on a Renault with Budget Rentacar at Faro Airport on May 27, Fatima was one of the few places in Portugal they had been to. Detectives are said to be very concerned about the high mileage of the hire car and believe the couple may have travelled a long distance to dispose of Madeleines body.
A source close to the investigation said: We are looking for a final resting place for the little girl.
We now believe the movements of the car in the days after it was hired are the key to solving the mystery.
Everywhere they have been will be thoroughly examined. They did not know Portugal well. The only familiar places will be the ones they visited.
They have said the only places they drove to were around the resort and to and from the airport but that does not account for the mileage they did in the car.
Body fluids with an 88 per cent DNA match to Madeleine were found in the spare tyre well under the carpet in the boot of the Renault along with clumps of the youngsters hair.
During police interviews the McCanns were shown a video of a sniffer dog going crazy when it approached their hire car.
Police had previously been working on the theory that Madeleines body was dumped in the sea near the beach in Praia da Luz.
The British dogs brought in by South Yorkshire Police allegedly detected a trail of death from the familys Ocean Club apartment down to the sea front.
Experts in tidal movements were called in to try to establish scientifically where a body may have been washed up. Another theory was that Madeleines body was placed in a sack and weighed down with rocks.
The article certainly provides alot of information that looks damning for these two.
88% DNA? That doesn’t sound very positive to me.
Doesn't seem that out of whack.
1709 / 5 weeks = 342 miles/week
110 miles round trip to the airport 3x/week doesn't seem unusual to me in this case.
Now, the sniffing dogs is another matter altogether.
A human body begins to emit an odor not long after death, and that odor quickly increases to the point that you can hardly stand it. Transporting a body at three weeks after death would be nearly impossible, without someone in the public noticing the stench and reporting it.
There are a lot of charges flying around about this case. I don’t know what to make of it, but some things that are being proposed don’t seem to make much sense at all.
Perhaps this search will turn up something. I don’t know. All I know is this is one wierd case. Parents on vacation are supposed to have killed their kid under everyone’s noses, then hid the kid, then transported the kid.
Perhaps so. It sure seems unlikely to me, but then who knows for sure.
Imagine their credit card record would reveal their travels (gas, meals, lodging, etc.). Unless, of course, they paid cash, but I’d think the locals would recognize them and come forward. This whole thing is unbelievable.
How old was the child?
Actually - the police in Portugal are beginning to sound more like the Keystone Kops..
Every day - they throw up a new theory...
The couple may be guilty of something — but I doubt they will ever be proved guilty by the police currently involved...
i’ll be shocked if they did it. unlike jon benet where i still suspect
At this point, I can’t see these parents killing their child accidently or not.
The dogs were from the U.K....
Perhaps the smells of Portugal and the dogs there were exciting to them...
European “scents” are so much more interesting than in the U.K..
An 88% DNA match means they don’t have jack! The police are only going to the shrine to pray for divine intervention! LOL
Really weird. Is all this religiosity of the McCanns a big show? Were they practicing Catholics before their girl disappeared?
3 1/2, almost 4.
Pretty tricky for a couple of Brits who don’t speak Portuguese who were being obsessively stalked by the media. And I wonder how they managed to avoid being seen by the thousands of pilgrims that are milling around the Fatima shrine at any given time. It is not exactly a deserted site. Wouldn’t some of them have notice a couple of very blond people carrying around a child’s corpse?
Huh? How can they have hidden the stench of a decomposing body? With the media following them around how could they have hidden THAT? I am more than skeptical of the police and their inadequacy.
Wouldn’t one’s own DNA be a 100% match?
Well, if they’re into Fatima and all that “stuff” I believe they are at the very least, whacky, and probably more so nutty.
Also, the car they rented does not have an enclosed trunk like we are accustomed to here in the US. If I were going to transport a body around, I would try to get a car with a real trunk, assuming that they are available in Europe.
Should be, and I think we have a closer DNA match to a head of cabbage!
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