According to The Sun, the two whistleblowers wrote in sworn affidavits that a man close to the search for the three-year-old defrauded the public and tricked Kate and Gerry McCann into believing the cash was being used to help find their daughter.
The pair say that the unnamed man forged travel and hotel receipts to hide the deception. ‘What made the fraud so disgusting was money came from people who shed tears over her disappearance and wanted to do their little bit,’ The Sun reports one of the whistleblowers as saying.
‘Madeleine’s Fund takes extremely seriously any suggestion monies intended for the search have been obtained fraudulently,’ a spokesman for the McCanns said. Kate, Gerry and the other directors of Madeleine’s Fund will co-operate fully with authorities to ensure these claims are fully investigated.’
The police hunt for Madeleine McCann was drastically cut back today as Scotland Yard revealed it is running out of leads to follow. The Met, which has spent more than £10million on trying to find the missing British child, has cut the number of officers working on it from 29 to four. Three-year-old Madeleine disappeared during a family holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.
Detectives say they have investigated 60 suspects and looked at 650 paedophiles as well as almost 9,000 sightings of the girl since she was abducted but have not solved the case. A total of 60 people were considered as more serious suspects but her kidnapper has not been found. Last year British detectives returned to Portugal with sniffer dogs and sifted through scrubland on their hands and knees - 1,000ft from where she vanished eight years ago. They also used radar scanners that could penetrate to depths of up to 13ft (four metres) at at least three sites but found no trace of her.
Today Madeleine's heartbroken parents Gerry and Kate McCann thanked officers for their hard work and urged them to continue. Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said there is no evidence she came to harm and the couple are still hopeful she will be found alive. Scotland Yard said that although it is scaling back the investigation it is not ending it, instead looking at a smaller number of leads.
The Liverpool-born mum of missing Madeleine McCann posted a picture of her daughter dressed as a pumpkin in a special Halloween message, as the family urges people not to give up hope of finding her.
Kate and Gerry McCann posted the Halloween picture on the Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page yesterday to remind the world that their daughter is still missing. The picture was posted alongside a short message that simply read “Happy Halloween”. Madeleine went missing on holiday in Praia da Luiz, Portugal, on May 3 2007.
Scotland Yard recently announced that they were reducing the number of detectives working on the case to just four. Her parents have said they remain hopeful she will be found and but added that they “fully understand” the decision by Scotland Yard. The Metropolitan Police said the vast majority of the work of Operation Grange, which was launched at the request of the government in 2011, has now been completed.
Madeleine McCann's parents have published a list of 23 things they miss about their daughter as part of a charity appeal for families with missing loved ones. Gerry and Kate McCann are supporting Missing People's Christmas campaign, which features 12 families who are missing a parent, sibling, son or daughter.
The families involved have had their photos taken by photographer James O Jenkins as part of an exhibition, which will take place in London, titled: Missing People’s Home for Christmas.
The Mccanns list of things they miss about Madeleine:
Her sense of humour.
Her imitations of people and characters.
Her voice, her ‘chat’.
That knowing look.
Styling her hair.
Chasing her round the garden.
Sharing her excitement in the run-up to Christmas.
Spoiling her on her birthday.
Shopping with her.
Going to a cafe with her.
Holding her, hugging her, kissing the top of her head.
A German man who has confessed to killing two children could be investigated over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it has been reported. The 32-year-old, known only as Silvio S, was arrested over the disappearance and death over a four-year-old migrant boy when he confessed to killing another child who went missing in July, Reuters reports. According to the German media, the murders were sexually motivated.
Silvio, 32, was arrested after his suspicious mum tipped off police. He confessed he took the boy home where he sexually abused and strangled him the next day because he would not stop crying. Check Silvio also admitted snatching, abusing and killing a six-year-old called Elias who vanished from nearby Potsdam in July. The child, who was also strangled, was found buried in the garden of Silvio’s home near Berlin.
Winfrid Wenzel, head of the investigation into Mohammed’s disappearance, said his officers were “in close contact” with those probing Inga’s case. The blonde-haired, blue eyed child vanished after wandering off to collect wood for a campfire. Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry, both 47, were unavailable for comment. But a source said they had “every confidence” Scotland Yard would investigate all possible leads.