I came across this translation of the book written by the Portugese police officer Gonçalo Amaral, via a link to a group on Facebook regarding the Madeleine McCann disappearance. I’m about to go away, so won’t have time to read, but will be reading when I can.
Lots of people were already in place; however, there were no people in the photos. We don’t know, for example, how they were dressed. Such observations can turn out to be important later on. The report mentions that the twins were asleep in their bed, but there is no proof to confirm it; on the contrary, in the photographs, you can see empty cots, where only the mattresses remain – the sheets and blankets having been removed. Why have their beds been stripped? If the sheets had not been removed, traces of their presence could have been found there.
That evening, on arriving home, I see Inès, my younger daughter, who is sleeping close to my wife, Sofia. In silence, in the dim light of the bedroom, I sit on the edge of the bed. Outside, far from her mother’s warmth, a child of the same age is lost. Sofia wakes up and asks me what is happening. I tell her about Madeleine’s disappearance and instinctively, she holds our daughter tightly in her arms and makes room for me.
FIRST EYE WITNESS STATEMENTS; KATE HEALY’S SURPRISING REACTION
Madeleine’s parents are already back in Vila da Luz when we receive photos taken in a service area of the motorway: you can make out the figure of a little girl, who looks like Madeleine, accompanied by a couple. These images come from a CCTV camera on the motorway linking Lagos to the Spanish border. The McCanns are asked to come to Portimão in order to proceed to an identification. It’s the end of the day. Kate Healy seems annoyed at coming back and made uncomfortable by the speed of the police car taking her. We are somewhat astonished by her reaction, as if she was not expecting to get her daughter back. The identification turns out negative.
I have seen many links today to sites discussing the inconsistencies of the statements made at the time, and actions taken in the aftermath of the disappearance. I don’t normally get into “conspiracy theory” yet this is beginning to interest me. Some are suggesting that the Crimewatch programme may well out Maddie’s parents. I shall watch and wait with interest.