Seven years since Madeleine McCann disappeared Jun 2, 2014 5:56:19 GMT
Post by Admin on Jun 2, 2014 5:56:19 GMT
Detectives are flying to Praia da Luz where Madeleine, three, vanished seven years ago in a new search for clues. Officers will use radar penetration equipment to look for signs of soil disturbance while mechanical diggers will carry out full excavations. Trained sniffer dogs will also be used to search for human remains. The main target is a fenced-off wasteland area the size of three football pitches 100 yards from the Ocean Club apartment where her family was staying.
Three separate search warrants have been submitted to Portuguese Attorney-General’s office and the investigation team is now awaiting final permission to start work. The Metropolitan Police declined to comment yesterday. But last month, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said there would be a “substantial phase of activity involving Portuguese police with British police in support”.
The main targets of the searches are a fenced-off, vacant building lot, wasteland on a hill overlooking the resort's beach and another site outside the resort. Portuguese police will not take part in the new searches, though a senior officer will oversee the operation. The Scotland Yard team also hopes to interview eight Portuguese nationals, though it is not clear if they are regarded as suspects or witnesses.
Former GP Kate, 46, and heart specialist Gerry, 45, from Rothley, Leics, are staying away from the resort while ground operations go ahead. A source said: "This is a critical time in the British investigation and could provide the big breakthrough in the case. Obviously there is the chance her body could be found. That is a nightmare scenario for her family, but it would also bring closure. They understandably have to remain positive and assume Madeleine is alive, but the dig raises the possibility of finding evidence that she is not."