May 3rd marked the second anniversary of British toddler Madeleine McCann. She went missing from her hotel bedroom in Praia da Luz, Portugal as her 2-year-old twin siblings slept nearby. It was believed Madeleine was abducted while her parents dined at a nearby restaurant. British newspapers are now reporting a possible new lead in her disappearance.
Raymond Hewlett, a convicted British paedophile responsible for a number of sex attacks in the last 40 years, is being investigated in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it has emerged.
Hewlett, a former soldier, is believed to have been living an hour’s drive from the resort of Praia da Luz, in Portugal, when she disappeared in April 2007, reports said.
The 64-year-old has a long record of sex attacks on young girls and is wanted by police in Britain and Ireland.
The investigators have no legal authority to interview Mr Hewlett, but hope he will agree to co-operate in an effort to clear his name.
Some of the DNA samples taken from the McCann’s apartment in Portugal have never been traced. German authorities who are already investigating the former Scots Guardsman over the death of his son in a car accident will decide this week whether to give him a DNA test, The Sun reported.
Update 05-26-09: Madeleine Investigation Turns To Farce
Efforts by private investigators to quiz a new suspect in the Madeleine McCann case have turned to farce.
Raymond Hewlett, 64, agreed to meet the detectives – but they were already waiting to board a flight back to the UK.
They then refused to return to the hospital in Germany where he is being treated for cancer.
On Monday, the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell gave Hewlett an ultimatum to meet the investigators by this morning to “help clear his name”.
Update 05-28-09: Madeleine: Paedophile Gives DNA Sample
A convicted British paedophile, named as a person of interest in the Madeleine McCann case, has given a DNA sample to German police.
Raymond Hewlett, 64, was living in Tavira, a coastal town between Faro and the Spanish border, when Madeleine disappeared on May 3, 2007.
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