Cleaners – amongst list of people to be interviewed.

Acleanerss we all now know Scotland Yard are very interested in people who were in and around Praia da Luz, when Madeleine McCann disappeared.. And from the reports, videos and interviews carried out with Hamish Campbell and the Metropolitan Police, working within the Operation Grange Team, in amongst that list of people that they are interested in could be cleaners that worked in that area.

Yes we know that a certain group of people will be chewing carpets, because the McCanns are being kept up to date with what is happening in the investigation.. and common sense tells you that the only reason they are being so well informed is because the Officers of Operation Grange DO NOT see them or their freinds as suspects.

Anyway a quick recap.

From the Daily Star

EIGHT Brits are on the police hitlist of new suspects wanted for questioning over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

They include six cleaners with a white van who were working in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz when the then three-year-old vanished.

Detectives also want to quiz a middle-aged British couple said to have entered the McCanns’ apartment the night before Madeleine disappeared after hearing crying.

They are among 12 “people of interest” identified by a 30-strong team of Scotland Yard detectives who have spent the past two years reviewing the case.

From the Telegraph

The workers are among the new suspects identified by Scotland Yard as ‘people of interest’ during a review of the Portuguese inquiry into the child’s disappearance in May 2007.

There are now believed to be 12 suspects, which include a number of Portuguese manual workers and British cleaners who were working near the apartments where three-year-old Madeleine, twin siblings Sean and Amelie and parents Gerry and Kate were holidaying.

From the Daily Mail

British cleaners and Portuguese manual workers are among new suspects in the Madeleine McCann investigation, The Mail on Sunday has learned.

Scotland Yard identified what they describe as ‘people of interest’ during a review of the Portuguese inquiry into the three-year-old’s disappearance in May, 2007.

The suspects are thought to number 12 – not 20 as has been reported – and include a number of British cleaners who were working near the apartment complex where Madeleine, twin siblings Sean and Amelie and parents Gerry and Kate were staying.

Back in February 2012, I wrote a post about the break-ins, predators and locks and as part of that post there was a snippet from a Police Statement given by two of the Guests who stayed at the Ocean Club Apartment, that was used by the McCann family.

Carlo Francesco D’Ambrosio stated this with regards to the lock in Apartment 5A:

We noticed that the cleaning personnel entered the apartment after one knock and did not give us time to respond. This was a bit bothersome and for this reason we would lock the door, and would leave the key in the inside lock.

After this precaution, the next day, the same thing happened and the cleaning woman entered even though the door was locked with the key in the lock.

We never found out how it was possible for a cleaning woman to enter after we had tried to prevent it.

His partner, June Hughes, who was also staying in Apartment 5A with him,  for the week commencing 14th April 2007, (that is two weeks before the McCanns arrived) said in her statement to Police..

I remember that the key to the apartment was a bit unusual. It was round and with cut segments. We noticed that the cleaning personnel knocked on the door once and would then enter in the apartment. In this sequence, we left the door always closed with the key in the lock. The next morning, the cleaning woman knocked on the door and entered normally independent of the door being locked with the key in the interior of the lock.

Now in Goncalo Amaral’s documentary you can see him and another man (apologies can’t recall his name) try the lock with a credit card and they fail to open it. So because they couldn’t do it, straight away conclusions were drawn that there was no break-in… mind you perhaps they should have asked a burglar how he would get in and whether he could use what they call a skeleton key.

If by chance, this is the information that Operation Grange are wanting to clarify, perhaps Goncalo Amaral should have made inquiries with previous holidaymakers to see if they had problems in Apartment 5A, specifically to the locks of the apartment…. and then perhaps it wouldn’t have took this long to question why could a cleaner enter the front door, when the key was in the door and it was locked? Unless someone can point me to the inquiries about this incident, that relate to the time that Goncalo Amaral was Lead Co-Ordinator – as I can’t find anything about it in the files it – I take it that the theory that someone could have entered the apartments with a key they shouldn’t have,  wasn’t properly investigated.

Hopefully, this will be the piece of the jigsaw that solves this case  and Madeleine will be found.. however, it doesn’t take away the daunting thought that  this case could have been solved 6 years ago and Madeleine, hopefully would have been found a whole lot sooner and back with her family where she belongs.

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