Posts Tagged ‘Madeleine McCann’

After spending over $1,268,475, are authorities still searching for three-year-old Madeleine McCann?

She went missing from her parent’s apartment on the evening of 3rd May 2007 in the seaside resort of Praia da Luz in south-west Portugal. Madeleine was asleep in the room, while her parents dined nearby. On checking on her at approximately 10pm they discovered she was missing. Madeleine is described as a happy go lucky child with long blonde/sandy hair and green/hazel eyes. Her right eye is distinctive as the pupil runs into the blue-green iris.


British police reveal £745,000 bill for Madeleine McCann hunt

British police have now spent nearly £750,000 looking into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it emerged today.

The new figure follows revelations earlier this year that Leicestershire police’s part in the search for the missing girl amounted to £548,477 in 2007-08.

Today the force said the costs for 2008-09 had added £196,756 to that sum, taking the total to £745,233.

Some of the cost has been reimbursed by a Home Office grant of £525,069.



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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

Madeleine McCann: British paedophile Raymond Hewlett is ‘significant new suspect’


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.


Update 05-25-09: Madeleine McCann investigators ‘want paedophile Raymond Hewlett to undergo DNA test’

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.

Should authorities keep the DNA of sex offender at the time of their convictions?

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Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.
Mark Twain

Most of the 2,726 children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) have no rewards payable for their save return. For those that do, there have been few updates in their disappearances. When rewards are announced, they seem to increase the number of tips concerning the missing child but in many instances the tips seem to be personal theories more than significant leads, so how effective are they?

At one time there was a £2.5m or at today’s exchange rate $ 3,776,429 reward for missing Madeleine McCann. The reward amount is no longer listed on the site so whether it is still available is unclear.

However, these are some other available rewards from some random missing children cases. In some instances they of are offered for information or for the child’s safe return, while in others it is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the abduction.

Amber Dubois            $60,000
Brittanee Drexel        $12,000
Adji Desir                   $23,000
Kara Kopetsky           $30,000
Trenton Duckett         $21,000
Haleigh Cummings     $25,500
Briant Rodriguez        $50,000
Victoria Stafford         $50,000
Jaliek Rainwalker (amount tbd)


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Attorneys for accused killer Casey Anthony are complaining about the excessive media coverage in Florida of their client. As most everyone is aware, she is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her young daughter, Caylee. They are seeking a change of venue for her trial.

While she and her family continue to generate “news”, some Florida missing children cases could use renewed coverage. The disappearances this year of, Haleigh Cummings from Satsuma, Fl along with missing Adji Desir from Immakolee, Fl. have faded from the headlines. Both remain missing with few updates of efforts to find them.

Recently the parents of missing Madeleine McCann were featured guests on Oprah to mark the second anniversary of her disappearance in Portugal yet Trenton Duckett who has been missing from Leesburg, Fl. since August 2006, receives little if any mention in the press.


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In May of 2007, Madeleine McCann went missing from her hotel bedroom in Portugal while her 2-year-old twin siblings slept nearby. She was believed to have been abducted while her parents dined at a nearby restaurant.

A forensic artist has produced, based apparently on photos of her parents at a similar age, a new image of what Madeleine McCann would look like on the second anniversary of her disappearance. After spending millions of dollars for search efforts and numerous sightings, she remains missing.


Oprah Interviews Madeleine McCann’s Parents

On Monday, May 4, Oprah will talk to Kate and Gerry McCann in their first interview in America since the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

Since May 3, 2007, when then-4-year-old Madeleine disappeared from the family’s vacation apartment in Portugal, there have been alleged sightings of the missing child, but none have been confirmed. For the first time, Oprah Show viewers will see a remarkable age progression that reveals what Madeleine might look like today.

Plus, go inside the McCanns’ Leicestershire home and spend a day with them and their 4-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie.

Update 05-04-09: Madeleine McCann will be found, parents tell Oprah

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The parents of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who disappeared two years ago during a family holiday in Portugal, said in an interview aired on Monday they believe she is still alive and will be found.

The little girl’s room “Is all ready, waiting,” her mother, Kate McCann, told talk show host Oprah Winfrey. “I go in (the room) about twice a day to talk to her, just to say hello really … tell her that we’re going to do everything we can to find her.”

How the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children developed the age progression photo Video .

Madeleine McCann detectives have released new suspect image described in the press as a ‘Very ugly’ new Madeleine suspect. It does apparently differer from the man allegedly seen carry a child from the area by Jane Tanner and other previous suspects.

Madeleine-McCann-suspect sketch

In January of 2008, there was a previous release of an alleged suspect descibed as a “Scruffy Man“.

Did he take Madeleine?

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May 3rd marks the second anniversary of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. She went missing from her hotel bedroom while her 2-year-old twin siblings slept nearby. It was believed Madeleine was abducted while her parents dined at a nearby restaurant.

Madeleine’s Parents To Appear On Oprah Show

Madeleine McCann’s parents are to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey to mark the second anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann will fly to Chicago next week to film a one-hour special with the American chatshow queen.

It will be broadcast on May 3, two years after Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

The show will also feature footage from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington.

The US charity has produced age-progressed images for the programme to show what Madeleine would look like now, aged five.


NCMEC poster

Since she went missing, the NCMEC has added 1359 active missing or abducted children to their site. Among them are these children, all missing without a trace and the length of time since they were last seen:

Trenton Duckett 2 1/2 years

Jaliek Rainwalker 1 1/2 years

Adji Desir 3 months

Haleigh Cummings 2 months

Amber Dubois 2 months

View missing children in your state here.

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After launching an international campaign, raising millions of dollars and worldwide attention to find their missing daughter Madeleine, Gerry and Kate McCann are turning their focus back to Portugal.


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McCann appeal returns to Portugal

An investigation by Portuguese police failed to find Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann’s parents are to launch a high-intensity new appeal for information tightly focused on the area where she went missing.

Over the next two weeks 10,000 leaflets in Portuguese will be handed out and posted in letterboxes in Praia da Luz, Lagos and Burgau in southern Portugal.

The campaign will also advertise on billboards, three buses and a van.

Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, vanished from a holiday flat in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, on 3 May 2007.

A similar action took place in the case of Missing Jaliek Rainwalker but it wasn’t by disgruntled citizens.

Update 03-30-09:  In nearby Spain, Mayor won’t help search for missing teen Amy

Dubliner Audrey (40) walked out of a meeting with the official in tears after he told her the credit crunch meant he could not get involved in putting up posters of Amy.

Venting her anger yesterday she said: “I felt furious when I walked out of the meeting and I still feel angry. We’ve lived in Spain for five years, we’ve bought a home here, Amy grew up here and this is where she disappeared from.

“I wasn’t asking for the world, just a few posters to put at bus stops and maybe the local bus station so people would see Amy’s face.”

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