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Affaire Maddie : a story of thirteen years of investigation, unsuccessful.

Thirteen years after the disappearance of little Maddie Mc Cann Portugal, the folder was re-launched in the beginning of the month of June 2020 by the announcements of Germany, the United Kingdom and Portugal about a new suspect profile was of concern.

Le Figaro made the point about the many twists and turns of this case of international scale, which has been the subject of thousands of press articles, several books and even a documentary series on Netflix in 2019.

• May 2007 : disappearance of Madeleine McCann

in The spring of 2007, the british family McCann going on holiday in Praia da Luz, a resort in southern Portugal. On the evening of may 3, Kate and Gerald McCann leave their three children to sleep in their room while they dine with friends not far from there. But to 22 hours, when Kate McCann comes to check if everything goes well, she discovers that the bed of her eldest daughter, who is almost four years old, is empty. Madeleine, known as Maddie, disappeared.

• Spring-summer 2007 : the beginning of an investigation, non-standard

This is the beginning of an investigation sprawl and a general mobilization to find the little girl. In this spring-summer 2007, and the case of McCann passionate about the media - especially the tabloids in the uk - and the general public in Europe. Interpol issues an alert world, which will be updated in 2012 with a photo outdated by computer of Madeleine.

over The investigations, the indictments are linked together : first, that of Robert M., a British 33-year-old who resides in Praia da Luz, on may 15. And then - bombshell - the one of Kate and Gerry McCann at the beginning of September. The police suspect the parents have accidentally killed their daughter on the day of the tragedy, and then to have concealed his corpse. The chief of the investigators, who believes hard as iron in this thesis, was also sacked in October after publicly criticising the british police.

read also : Maddie : the head of the Portuguese investigators dismissed• July 2008 : the case is closed by the police Portuguese

July 21, 2008, "lack of evidence", the Portuguese justice decides to "put an end to the implementation review" of the couple McCann and Robert M. as well as to classify the case. The investigation may be reopened "if new elements of evidence" justified, says the prosecutor. Kate McCann claimed that she and her husband "will never give up" the search for their daughter.

read also : Maddie : case closed• July and October 2013 : investigation relaunched in the Uk and in Portugal

The years pass, but as Kate McCann had said, she and her husband are not giving up. In 2011, the couple wrote to the prime minister David Cameron, which asks Scotland Yard to work on the case. After two years spent in studying the dossier, the british police decided to formally open an investigation in July 2013.

read also : Scotland Yard re-opened the investigation into the disappearance of Maddie

Three months later, at the turn of the police of the Portuguese to reopen the investigation. "We are very pleased to be the official re-opening in Portugal of the investigation to find Madeleine, our little girl disappeared. We hope that this will finally allow to go and find the person responsible for this crime", and comment on the McCann.

read also : The investigation into the disappearance of Maddie is reopened• 2013-2020 : seven years of false tracks

In the seven years that follow, the false tracks are linked together. Portraits-robots, interrogations, searches do not give anything : the little girl remains missing. Despite these disappointments time to time, in 2017, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine, Kate and Gerry McCann will ensure "not losing hope".

read also : the Disappearance of Maddie : 10 years after, parents, "keep hope"• June 2020 : a new appeal for witnesses to

June 3, 2020, several releases from Germany, the United Kingdom and Portugal to reopen completely the case Maddie. In Germany, the prosecutor's office in Brunswick (Lower Saxony) ad, investigate a middle-aged German on suspicion of "murder". The suspect is a sex offender who has been convicted on several occasions" for "sexual abuse of children," said the public prosecutor, who adds that the forty-something woman currently serving a long prison sentence.

in The United Kingdom, the Metropolitan Police said that the suspect was known to investigators for many years. "After the tenth anniversary, we received information about a German that we knew that he was in Praia da Luz and the surrounding area," stresses the head of the investigation unit. In Portugal, the judicial police confirmed that "elements appear to show the possible intervention of a German citizen". For its part, the prosecutor's office in Faro, reported that "the investigation continues with the steps underway and, more specifically, the interviewing of witnesses".

A new appeal for witnesses was launched in German, English and Portuguese. The parents McCann "are grateful and commend this appeal to witnesses", did find their spokesman in the morning of 4 June. "They have not lost the hope of finding [Maddie] in life [...] But they are realistic and they say that, regardless of the outcome of this appeal to witnesses [...], they need to know to find peace." The German authorities, meanwhile, "believe that the little girl is dead," says the attorney of Brunswick, during a press conference on 4 June at mid-day.

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