said: 'There's someone local, lives locally, who has
the answer to this, and not, you know, much wider
than 10, 15km away from Praia da Luz.
'So you don't start an
investigation in Morocco or Spain or France or even
Lisbon. This offence happened in Praia de Luz. It's
a very self-contained resort, and that's where we've
started and that's where I think the answer is.'
Mr Cowley, who
spent three decades as a detective sergeant in
police forces in the north west of England, said:
'The answer still lies in Praia de Luz and it's
important that we focus on Praia da Luz and the
released some 30,000 files of information about
their investigation when the case was shelved last
into English, at a cost of £100,000, the files are
yielding new leads for the private detectives, they
tell the documentary makers.
One key statement
appears to corroborate the sighting by the McCanns'
friend Jane Tanner, who told police she saw a man
carrying a small girl near the Leicestershire
couple's holiday apartment on May 3 2007 at around
A short time
later, on the same night, a family also saw a man
carrying a small blonde child nearby. Their and Ms
Tanner's descriptions of the man are similar.
hope the documentary and a reconstruction filmed
with Gerry McCann may jog the memories of people who
were in Praia da Luz at the time of the apparent
Mr Edgar said:
'We're interested in getting back and getting
answers to where it happened and that's why we're
doing a reconstruction, because there's lots of
reconstruction is based on statements taken by the
Portuguese police. We're not speculating on anything
or theories, it's evidence that we've got from the