BRITISH detectives probing the Madeleine
McCann disappearance in Portugal want to
retest hairs after it was found previous
DNA tests carried out during the
original investigation were incomplete.
disappearance of Madeleine
McCann want to DNA test
Nearly 100 strands of hair tested during
the original Madeleine McCann
investigation were never DNA-matched, it
Portuguese forensic experts analysed 444
hair strands they believed could hold
the key to the youngster’s May 3 2007
They found 432 were human and 12
non-human. They were unable to DNA-match
98 of them and only obtained partial
results from 19 of them, Portuguese
daily Correio da Manha reported.
British detectives probing Madeleine
McCann’s disappearance want to retest
some of the hairs as well as curtains
hanging in the Algarve apartment where
Scotland Yard are expected to apply for
permission in a sixth international
letter of request to take the samples
from a Portuguese lab so experts can
look at them in the UK.
The fifth letter, understood to contain
a request to reinterview three new
suspects quizzed in the summer, has yet
to be answered by new Madeleine McCann
prosecutor Ines Sequeira.
A Met Police team led by DCI Andy
Redwood announced their wish to look
again at forensic material collected in
the early days of the Madeleine McCann
investigation during a visit to the
university town of Coimbra earlier this
They met with the bosses of Portugal’s
Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic
Sciences in Coimbra, two hours drive
north of Lisbon, where most of the
material, also said to include 25 blood
and saliva samples, is held.
Institute president Francisco Brizida,
said afterwards: “I have the certainty
they went away very happy.”
“The tonic of the meeting was about the
possibility of the tests on samples
collected in 2007 being re-done.
“The British police wanted clarification
on the examinations the institute had
carried out during the early stages of
the inquiry in the areas of genetics and
“We talked about non-identified material
that was collected in Madeleine’s
“I can’t say for sure new DNA tests that
didn’t yield a conclusive result in 2007
could now yield an objective result.
“But technology nowadays allows us to go
further than years ago in areas like
“Several possibilities are open. One
could be that British police do the
tests in Britain with British technology
and another that the institute does
“But that’s an area in which the
institute does not have the last word.
There’s a situation of judicial
cooperation and a new international
letter of request would be necessary.