The new file just released by the Portuguese police, containing details of sightings of Maddie that have been reported since the case was archived, is "gold dust," according to Clarence Mitchell. Well, I should say it is! So soon after the hearings in Lisbon, when on day 1 (January 12th) we heard that:
"A report signed by Chief Inspector Tavares De Almeida said that Madeleine died in the flat in Praia da Luz, the witness adds." (Jose Magalhaes e Menezes, the attorney who was in charge of the original inqury into Madeleine's disappearance.)
Snr Tavares de Almeida , called as a witness spoke about the findings of the English sniffer dogs:
"The dogs detected the traces inside the dining room of the holiday flat and in the car the McCanns were using. "
"The animals also found a scent on a piece of cloth in a flat rented by the McCanns after they left the apartment where Madeleine vanished."
On day 2 of the process, January 13th, Moita Flores, former senior policeman and noted public figure, stated that....
"I have spoken to respected experts on crime and none of them agrees it would be possible to pass a child through the window." (Twitter - @ jondipaolo)
.......which was followed by a comment from Kate McCann on the Find Madeleine web site...
"The window which is a ground floor window was completely open and is large enough for a person to easily climb through it. Whether it had been opened for this purpose remains unknown. It could of course have been opened by the perpetrator when inside the apartment as a potential escape route or left open as a 'red herring'"
So, there you go! An explanation! The abductor left the window open as a 'red herring.' Oh yea! And those dogs who are so unreliable found cadaver scent because Kate McCann had been in contact with 6 dead bodies in the week before she went on holiday! Yea right!
So, yes, this new file really is "gold dust." Just when the UK reading public is gaining access to information they probably hadn't heard of before, the McCanns get their hands on a whole fat file of sightings which were apparently never followed up. Woopee doopee!! Yeee haaaa!!! They'd love for the police to be kept busy for a few more years ruling out sightings around the globe! Just what the doctors ordered!
So, what do we have? The Sun provides a few examples of these sightings from the file that has been kept secret. There was the sighting at a warehouse store in New Zealand. (CCTV image removed to protect the privacy of the child who is not Maddie)
"Two of the CCTV images were taken in New Zealand on December 5, 2007, and forwarded to Portuguese police by Interpol.
In one photo a little blonde girl peeps out from under her fringe as she is led into a shop by a portly man wearing shorts.
In the other the girl is seen leaving the shop with the man and a little boy.
She has the same hairstyle as Maddie when she went missing on May 3 that year from a holiday apartment in Portugal aged three.
A female security guard saw the girl at a store in Dunedin, New Zealand, and thought she could be Maddie.
The girl and the man had British accents. When the guard approached the girl and asked her name, the child replied "Hailey".