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Archives. As most people will appreciate GM deleted all past blogs
from the official website. Hopefully this Archive will be helpful to
anyone who is interested in Justice for Madeleine Beth McCann. Many
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Martin Grime: 'What we should understand with this dog (Eddie) is that he only barks when he finds
something, he won't bark at any other times. He won't bark at other dogs, he won't bark at strangers, he won't bark when somebody
knocks on the door or anything like that.'
The full length video:
Searches of the Ocean Club apartments, 31 July 2007
This first video contains footage of Eddie and Keela's searches in the following apartments:
5A - The
McCanns apartment (28 April - 03 May 2007) 5B - Matthew/Rachael Oldfield 5D - Russell O'Brien/Jane Tanner
H5 - David/Fiona Payne and Dianne Webster 4G - The McCanns' second Ocean Club apartment (04 May - 01 July 2007)
5A - Search of the gardens and veranda area
This video was recorded on 31 July 2007. (Video length: 45:06)
PJ Summary Report:
- cadaver odour dog: * in the living room, behind the sofa, close to the lateral window of the apartment
- cadaver odour dog: * in the couple's bedroom, in a corner, close to the wardrobe
- cadaver odour dog: * in a flowerbed, the dog handler commented on the lightness of the scent detected
- blood dog: * in the living room, behind the sofa, close to the lateral window of the apartment (exactly
as it was signalled by the cadaver odour dog)
Search of Vista Mar Villa, 02 August 2007
This second video contains footage recorded inside the Vista Mar Villa, Rua das Flores, in which the McCanns
lived from 02 July - 09 September 2007. This video was recorded on 02 August 2007.
PJ Summary Report:
- cadaver odour dog: * on the soft toy, possibly belonging to MADELEINE(cadaver odour was detected when the soft toy was inside the residence – at the date occupied by
Examination of clothes collected from the Vista Mar Villa, 02 August 2007
This third video shows the clothes gathered from the McCanns' villa being laid out for Eddie. This video was recorded
on 02 August 2007.
PJ Summary Report:
- cadaver odour dog: * on two pieces of clothing belonging to KATE HEALY
- cadaver odour dog: * on a piece of clothing of the minor MADELEINE
Examination of vehicles including the McCanns' Renault Scenic, 06 August 2007
The final video contains 19 minutes of car park footage with Eddie and Keela. This video was recorded on 06
PJ Summary Report:
- cadaver odour dog: * signalled the key of the vehicle
- blood dog: * signalled the key of the vehicle
- blood dog: * signalled the interior of the vehicle's boot
(The PJ Summary Report does not mention the cadaver odour indicated around the base of the driver's door
- yet Eddie can be clearly seen in this video indicating cadaver odour there.
is because, as Martin Grime explains, Eddie does not need to indicate a precise point - simply that there is cadaver
odour there. Keela is then used to pin down precise points for their evidential value)
DCCB Report to Gonçalo Amaral, 27 September 2007
Processos Vol XI Pages 2945 - 2952
Thanks to 'Ines'
Letter from DCCB (Direcção Central de Combate ao Banditismo)
To: The Coordinator of the Criminal Investigation, Dr Amaral
Date 27 September 2007
The undersigned, accompanied by Inspectors
Ramos, Ricardo, Brigantim, and Dordonnat, in compliance with superior orders, and following information related to the possible
arrival in Portugal of individuals of British nationality belonging to a private
company linked to various activities, mainly the gathering of information, a company called Control Risks Group,
who supposedly have the objective of cleaning spaces/objects related to the McCann family, the following inquiries were carried
out in order to check the truthfulness of the facts referred to in continuation:
1. With help from the Winkworth
Estate Agency in Lagos, it was established that the residence occupied
by the McCann couple in Rua da Flores, lot 27 – Vivenda Vista do Mar, P da L was effectively occupied by them on 02-07-2007, whilst the contract shows that the hire period began on 1st July, according to the copy of the contract
we were given.
- The McCanns' departure took place on 09-09-2007 and the
keys to the house were returned the following day (10-09-2007) to the Winkworth office in Lagos by an English
woman named Susan who was the wife of the Anglican vicar who celebrated mass in the P da L church.
- With the help
of P**** C***** from the Winkworth agancy it was established that after the McCanns left the villa the agency was contacted
by a female individual called M***** C++++ from ITV, who claimed she wanted to rent the villa for a few days with the aim
of making some films, her request was denied.
- In contact with the owner of the villa, Mr A***** M***** of Dutch
nationality he said that at the moment the villa was being occupied by some friends of his, of Dutch nationality, surname
S************, the husband named R********, the wife J*****, R being the director of the Museo de Arte Antiga.
The owner of the villa said that he had been in the villa after the departure of the McCanns and that it seemed to him that
there were new plants at the bottom of the garden, without being able to indicate exactly which plants, a fact that he commented
on with the gardener F**** Do S*****.
- When the gardener was contacted that in spite of the fact that he does
the maintenance of the garden, he had not detected anything abnormal in it, namely the existence of new plants, saying that
he had some difficulty in maintaining a dialogue with the owner, because of the language barrier.
- From the cleaner
who worked in the residence occupied by the McCanns, it was found out that on the previous Monday 10-09-2007, she carried
out her normal cleaning routine without noticing anything abnormal, just remarking that two or three boxes with dossiers were
in the garage and which were later collected by a friend of the McCanns', Susan.
- She says that whenever she
went to the house occupied by the McCanns she always found them to be accompanied by friends or family.
- On the
11-09-2007, the Dutch owners of the residence were also present at the property.
- When they (PJ) contacted Susan,
they found out that she was Susan Harboard (sic) and it was confirmed that she had returned the key to the estate agency after
the McCann’s departure.
- During the period that the key was in her possession, it was not requested by anyone,
nor does she remember seeing anything abnormal at the residence.
2. As regards the Renault
Grand Scenic, number plate 59-DA-27, it was hired by Gerry from Rent a car AA. Castanheira, with offices in
Lagos, on 27-05-2007 and was delivered to the McCann couple at the apartment they were occupying in P da L, from which time
it was noted in the contract that a friend of the McCanns, Alexander Cameron, was noted as an additional driver.
- At a later date, at the end of August, another additional driver was added to the contract, Michael Terrence Wright.
- The return of the car to the rental agency, was done at the agency's offices on 23-09-2007 by a Caucasian individual,
who appeared there alone, speaking English, about 1.80 cm tall, with short grey hair, about 60-65 years old, who signed the
delivery document for the return of the car, but whose signature is illegible.
- When the car was delivered to
the McCanns it had 3.114 km on the clock and when it was returned it had 14.443 km on the clock, thus 11.227 km had been travelled
during the period the car was in their possession.
3. In relation to the McCanns' stay at the OC, the following
was checked: Date of occupation of apartment 5 A 28-04-2007 and the departure date was registered on 05-05-2007, being certain
that from 04 – 05 they did not stay in the apartment. They entered apartment 4G on 04-05-2007 and left on 03-07-2007.
- After the disappearance apartment 5 A was occupied by the following individuals: 12-06-2007 – 19-06-2007 by
R and F. F****** (friends of the owners), from 28-06-2007 – 12-07-2007 by SR, W & CF, 12-07-2007 to 19-07-2007 by
BSP and JFP, 19-07-2007 – 26-07-07 by MMS family.
4. It was stated by Silvia Batista that on 20-09-2007,
during the morning, three reporters from Sky News, two men and a woman, were seen on the patio of apartment 5 A and that they
had forced the external blind to the bedroom that Madeleine had disappeared from, probably with the intention of filming inside,
and she told them to leave. But she said that yesterday 25-09-2007 a security
guard was asked to come to the same apartment as there was a group of three journalists – two Spanish men and a woman,
who had set up cameras on the patio next to Apartment 5 A which was occupied at the time. Their identification was not noted,
but given the fact they had filming equipment, they were assumed to be reporters.
- With regard to journalists,
it was reported by cleaners working in the block containing apartment 5 A that they are often bothered by journalists trying
to get access to the apartment, which has always been denied them, the journalists often tried to persuade them or offer money in exchange for access.
5. With regard to the possible
sighting of arguido Gerry McCann next to a pink coloured block of apartments at a site opposite the Luz cemetery, we can inform
you that this an establishment called "St James Portuguesa Lda", lots 1 and 2 being situated in the positions mentioned,
from the outside the spaces corresponding to Lot 1 can be seen of a total of apartment designated as follows: 101-104, 111-114,
121-124, 105-109, 115-119, 125-129.
- In Lot 2 there are some apartments with T3 typology.
- The buildings
in question have 3 pavements, whose access to the different areas is visible from the outside, as they consist of an open
perimeter and there are several commercial establishments at ground level.
- In view of the number of buildings
and given the scarce information provided it does not seem to us to
be viable, immediately, to take measures to prove or disprove the elements provided.
6. As concerns the information
provided by F***** J**** with regard to a sighting of the McCanns at a residence called Vila d’Arte, in the Melody Urbanisation
in Espiche, during the month of July, it was possible to determine which residence this was and that the building is the permanent
residence of some citizens from NL or the UK for the past 4 or 5 years.
- As regards the sighting itself which
occurred at 20.30 – 20.45 on dates that it was not possible to determine more than that this was in July of the current
year and that the couple and their two youngest children were transported in small car, that the witness thought to be a dark
coloured Citroen C3 or Renault Clio.
- Upon contacting
the current inhabitants of the residence it was established that they were Dutch citizens who had made their reservation during
the days 24-09-2007 and 29-09-2007 via the portucasa.nl website and who were from Amsterdam.
- The contract was
signed through an intermediary from Winkworth who said that the McCanns never had any relationship with the residence in question
because it was always let to friends or family members of the Dutch owners.
- The action of the intermediary was
informal, there was no register of contracts with the occupants.
- The property is normally rented out, the owners
do not live there on a permanent basis.
7. Reference is made that with some of the OC employees an attempt is made
to obtain information about any strange movements surrounding the apartment initially occupied by the McCann family and we
were told that apart from the journalists, they did not notice anything unusual. However, they would like to clarify that
given the endless insistence on the part of these journalists, the employees did not really pay attention to details, neither
did they register their identification of physical characteristics, limiting themselves to refusing access to the building
and not answering any questions about the events that occurred there.
- Yesterday at 21.16 the Portimao DIC received
a phone call from a security officer who worked for the OC to say that a few minutes ago somebody had forced up the shutters
of the window of the bedroom Madeleine had disappeared from. The undersigned, together with two of his colleagues went to
the scene, where they saw the shutter was hanging obliquely in front of the window and noted that it had been effectively
forced open from the outside. However, there were no signs of anyone trying to breach the window.
- These facts
were reported by the security guard.
- The guard said that the incident happened between 21.00 and 21.05, when
he was making his 21.00 round of the block containing Apartment 5 A and then walked down the die of 5 A, down the road to
the Baptista supermarket and then returned up the same road, returning to the surroundings of Apartment 5 A and saw that in
that short space of time, someone who he cannot identify as he saw nobody around, had approached the window and forced the
shutters. At about 21.06 he alerted reception and the GNR.
- Immediately before he had been talking to a colleague,
opposite 5 A and 5 B and neither of them had seen anyone strange, but a few moments earlier they had seen two journalists
- a man and a woman – near the bar, with logos from a Canadian media channel stuck on their camera.
the scenario, as well as the way the shutter had been raised as well as the limiting factors that other people had already
been at the site and there was no guarantee of its preservation, the procedure to examine for fingerprints was not activated
by the Portimao DIC.
- Some trips were made to Lagos in order to attempt to identify journalists and TV stations,
as well as any other persons suspected, but this activity had negative results.