There are some people that condemn the Government for asking Scotland Yard to review the evidence in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. They say £3.5 million is too much to waste. But if this was your child missing, wouldn’t you feel that money doesn’t matter, you just want your child found?
It wasn’t until today that I started to pay full attention to the minute detail in the files about the sighting of a couple carrying a child at Lagos Marin at 5.55 am on the 4th May 2007, roughtly 7 hours after Madeleine McCann was reported missing.
On the 16th April 2008 Michael Wright stated this in his Rogatory Interview:
As for additional information I would like to add that on Sunday, 6 May I went to the pizzaria in PdL and bought a large quantity of pizzas. I was attended by a girl from Liverpool. I explained to her my relationship to the McCanns and she told me that her father ‘George’ had seen a man carrying a child in his arms in the early morning of 4 May in the resort. I asked her if her father would speak about this to the Portuguese authorities. I don’t know if the information was ever investigated.
The sighting that Michael Wright refers to was reported to Leicestershire Police, by the family, as soon as he was told about this possible sighting, as per this continuation witness statement.
On the 8th May 2007 the PJ received an email from a concerned citizen that stated the following:
I have followed the case in the press as I live in the Algarve. However my attention has been drawn by the news that an English citizen (George Burke) who returned to the village in the morning from Lagos and who says that he saw a couple with a child at about 06.00. Would this person not be suspicious due to being from the village and be returning 7 seven hours after the events? Please excuse my boldness and if I am bringing false accusations due to lack of information, I apologise again but feel that I have to share my preoccupation. I hope this does not make you lose time.
Now from this we know that the daughter of the person who saw this couple told Michael Wright and he duly reported it to Leicester Constabulary and then an email was sent to the PJ with reference to the same inident. What we don’t know is if the person sending the email is the daughter or not.
So what would you expect the PJ to do with this information?
I would expect the PJ to:
- Take a statement from witness who spoke to the girl at the Pizza place
- Take a statement from the person who sent the email
- And if the person who sent the email is not the daughter of George Burke I would expect them to take a statement from the daughter.
- Investigate this sighting as a matter of urgency
- Take statement from George Burke as to what he saw and arrange for an e-fit to be done
Well I have checked the files and I can find no statement from the daughter, Michael Wright (other than his Rogatory interview taken in 2008), and the person who sent the email (if not daughter) or any statement from George Burke as to what he possibly saw.
However what I have found, is very interesting and it this.
There seems to be no other enquiries into this sighting whatsoever in the files conducted under the leadership of Goncalo Amaral. I have searched the files for Burke, Brooks, Lagos Marina and I can’t find anything relating to the initial team asking for this sighting to be investigated further. Maybe there is information somewhere in the files, but I am sure as hell can’t find it.
The inquiries conducted under the leadership of Paulo Rebelo were carried out on the 4th December 2007 (screenshot), that is 7 months after the alleged sighting, and two-four days short of the 7 months of it being reported.
And do you know what?
When they went to check this in December 07, a whole seven months after Madeleine’s disappearance, they spoke to an employee who stated that the whereabouts of the owner George Burke had not been known since the 21st September 2007 when he collected…….
No further information as to what further enquiries were carried out re this sighting as the following page is missing in the files.
“important material spread all over, which had not been included in the investigation”
All I can say, if I am right and this sighting was ignored and the PJ did not trace this gentleman who saw this couple with a child, thank god Scotland Yard are doing a review, maybe they can track this George Burke, as they do have a passport number for him, and find out exactly what he did see.
‘I saw Madeleine being dragged towards the marina,’ says new witness
Last updated at 10:11 28 November 2007
A British businessman has come forward and claimed that he saw Madeleine McCann only eight hours after she went missing as she was dragged towards a Portuguese port by a “suspicious-looking” man and woman.
The British expat, George Burke said he saw a girl who looked “remarkably like Madeleine” being dragged along a road leading to Lagos marina at 6am on May 4th.
Although Burke reported the sighting to Portuguese police at the time, it has taken until now for his account to be taken seriously, according to the McCanns’ private detectives, Metodo 3.
Mr Burke, who is originally from Liverpool but now lives in Portugal, said he saw the suspicious couple as he drove past the marina early on the morning after Madeleine went missing.
He told the Daily Mirror: “It was very, very dark and it was hard to make out exactly what the couple looked like. But through the gloom I could see a very suspicious-looking man and woman, with a child who fitted Madeleine’s description.
“Though there was nobody else on the road, they were hurrying across a road that leads straight to the train station and marina.”
The McCanns have said in the past that they believe that their daughter was taken by sea, possibly to Morocco or elsewhere in North Africa.
A source said: “The private investigators are now concentrating on Lagos and the marina.
“What Mr Burke saw could be incredibly valuable.
“He was concerned enough to call the police and they eventually followed up on his information.
“Now the investigators want to talk to Mr Burke. There is a strong chance Madeleine was taken by boat from the marina and is still alive somewhere.”
More from the Daily Mirror on The Maddie Case Files about this
Further communications between Ricardo Paiva and Paulo Rebelo
With thanks to Albym:
To: Paulo Rebelo
From: Ricardo Paiva, Inspector
Re: Various Activities Regarding the Investigation NUIPC 201/07.0GALGS
Regarding the content of the attached email from British Authorities, with particular focus regarding the deposition by Michael Terrence Wright, in the international letter of request which is being fulfilled by the Leicestershire Police, on the 6th of May, 2007, in Praia da Luz, a pizza kitchen worker, of British nationality and originally from Liverpool, commented to that witness that her father, GEORGE, had seen a man carrying a child, in the early hours of May 4th of 2007. He does not know if GEORGE contacted the authorities about this. This testimony was realised by Inspector Joao Carlos and myself as follows:
–Yesterday, after heading toward Praia da Luz late, we located the pizzeria shop (PIZZA REAL) cited by that witness. It is situated in kiosk on Rua da Praia. Even though it was closed at the time, we obtained the telephone number ********* of said pizzeria which is open from 18H00. This same night, we contacted the manager, CAROLINE, using that telephone number and she immediately identified the employee as AMY. She told us that AMY was no longer in Portugal and that she had returned to the U.K. She was asked to contact AMY and ask her to contact this police.
–Today, at 11J37, the signatory received a telephone call from *******, from a woman who identified herself as JULIE, mother of AMY, and who told me that as soon as possible, GEORGE, her husband, and May’s father, would contact us. Around 17H16, we were contacted by GEORGE, Amy’s father, from telephone no. *********. Regarding the facts in question, he states that he had already contacted the PJ in May of 2007 and at this time relayed to the police that at around 06H00 in the morning on the 4th May, 2007, he saw a couple passing the Marina de Lagos. The man was carrying the child. It was ascertained at that time that the aforementioned situation would not be of interest to the investigation.