CURTAINS and strands of hair from the
apartment where Madeleine McCann
disappeared seven years ago may hold the
key to who took her, police believe.
British tabloid The Mirror reports
detectives believe the curtains may hold
DNA which will identify her abductor.
Scotland Yard sent an urgent request to
their counterparts in Portugal asking
permission to re-examine the fabric
which have been sealed in an evidence
file since three-year-old Madeleine
vanished in 2007.
The British toddler disappeared from her
family’s holiday villa at the Portuguese
holiday resort of Praia da Luz and
became the focus of the most heavily
reported missing person case in modern
Forensic experts on the Operation Grange
team want to use new techniques to
analyse the curtains, which hung in the
room where Madeleine was sleeping with
her twin baby brother and sister.
They think the curtains from the
apartment will have been preserved well
enough to hold traces of DNA from
Scene of the
crime ... The bedroom of
Apartment 5a at the Ocean
Club in Praia da Luz,
Portugal where Madeleine
McCann was last seen.
Madeleine’s bed is next to
the twins' cot and an empty
bed under the shuttered
widow. Source: Supplied
Officers are also set to re-examine 30
strands of hair found in the apartment
in the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz
using advanced genetic and biological
testing procedures, The Mirror says.
Francisco Brizida, president of the
Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic
Sciences said: “Technology now allows us
to go further than years ago.”
But he said: “I wouldn’t like to be that
ambitious and say the secret to
unlocking the Madeleine McCann case lies
in our lab.”
A Portuguese police source said: “The
best hope is to pass the sample to
There have been significant new
developments in DNA science since the
initial investigation in 2007.
... The apartment building
where Madelaine McCann
disappeared in Praia da Luz,
southern Portugal. Source:
There have also been many so-called
breakthroughs and leads in the infamous
missing person’s case — all of which
have led to dead ends.
Police digs in Praia da Luz and
interviews with new suspects earlier
this year yielded nothing significant.
Earlier this month a “notorious” British
paedophile suspected of having links to
Madeleine’s disappearance was arrested
in a dramatic swoop and is awaiting
extradition back to the UK.
It was later revealed the man, Roderick
McDonald — also known as Roderick
William Robinson — was handed a
six-month prison term for sexually
assaulting a nine-year-old girl at
Leppington, in western Sydney during his
time in Australia between 1998 and 1999.
In 2009, he was arrested in New Zealand
over alleged child sex offences but fled
on a fake passport to Portugal.
It’s understood authorities want to
question Macdonald about a possible
paedophile ring that operated in
Portugal’s Algarve region when Maddie
British paedophile Roderick
McDonald — who was in
Portugal when Madeleine
McCann went missing and
spent a decade on the run
from NSW police — was
arrested in Malta. Source: