A team of British forensic analysts are
expected to join DCI Andy Redwood and
his team of detectives in Portugal this
week in a renewed bid to uncover the
truth behind the disappearance of
Portuguese police sources told the
Guardian that the scientists have asked
to revisit some of the evidence
retrieved from the holiday apartment
from which the British toddler went
missing on 3 May 2007. The
forensic evidence gathered at the
time of Madeleine’s disappearance has
been stored at the National Institute
for Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences
in Coimbra in central Portugal.
Detectives and forensic technicians from
the Metropolitan police are scheduled to
visit the laboratory on Wednesday.
Detectives led by Redwood will meet with
their Polícia Judiciária counterparts in
Faro on Tuesday to discuss the request.
Police said they had not yet received
any official orders from the public
prosecutor’s office and that the next
phase of the investigation was unlikely
to commence for at least a fortnight.
A source close to the case told the
Guardian that the request appeared “to
focus primarily on the further
questioning of some of the suspects
brought in by Faro police in the
In July, Portuguese police quizzed four
Portuguese nationals who were declared
arguidos, or formal suspects. They also
spoke to 11 witnesses.
The questioning of these suspects
followed the end of major ground-level
searches in Praia da Luz in early June,
when Scotland Yard detectives scoured a
large patch of scrubland.
The force described the operation as the
largest overseas deployment ever
undertaken by British police, and said
it was the “first phase of this
investigation” into Madeleine’s
Although the searches turned up no fresh
evidence, the Met said detectives had
gained an “essential understanding of
the activity for which people have used
this piece of land” and alluded to
“substantial work which is yet to be
done in the coming months”.