Madeleine McCann reconstruction ‘called off by Portuguese Police’

By Caroline Gammell
Last Updated: 8:55PM BST 27/05/2008

Portuguese Police will not go ahead with a reconstruction of the night Madeleine McCann disappeared.

Kate and Gerry McCann had not planned to return to Portugal for the reconstruction of the night Madeleine disappeared

According to Sky News reports, the controversial plan was abandoned after several members of the ‘Tapas Seven’ were not able to attend.

Kate and Gerry McCann had already decided not to return to Portugal for the reconstruction of the night of their daughter went missing.

The couple said the re-enactment would do “absolutely nothing” to help find their daughter, who was three when she vanished from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007.

Mr and Mrs McCann, who are arguidos or suspects in their daughter’s disappearance, had been asked by Portuguese police to return to the Algarve along with the seven friends on holiday with them at the time.

Detectives wanted to stage a reconstruction at the Ocean Club complex where the McCanns were dining, leaving Madeleine and her younger siblings in the unlocked apartment nearby.

But the couple, from Rothley in Leicestershire, have decided not to go back.

A source close to the McCanns said: “There are no plans for Kate and Gerry and their friends to return to Portugal. They have all indicated their intentions to the police.

“The reconstruction will only take place if Kate and Gerry and their friends agree to take part. If they don’t agree it will not happen.

“Kate and Gerry have had grave reservations about the value of it. If the reconstruction was going to help Madeleine, nothing in the world would stop them taking part.

“But Kate and Gerry and their friends cannot see the point of all the disruption it would cause to their busy work schedules and families if, as they believe, it will do absolutely nothing to help find Madeleine.”

The couple’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry and their friends remain committed to doing anything to help find Madeleine.

“I don’t want to comment on what they have told police but, if they do not return to Portugal, it is because they feel it offers no value and no assistance in finding Madeleine.”

Mr Mitchell said that if the reconstruction was televised with the chance of bringing in new leads the McCanns and their friends would agree to do it.

He went on: “They would welcome a Crimewatch-style reconstruction which is properly broadcast for millions of people to see and could generate important new leads and fresh information.”

But Portuguese police said they did not want the reconstruction to be filmed.

9 Responses to “Madeleine McCann reconstruction ‘called off by Portuguese Police’”

  1. 1
    Emile G.R. Frenay Says:

    Strange situation so i warned the police.
    A dutch referent and wife are involved in this case.
    Strange behavior after visiting Portuga/(Algarve)
    after madelein has been disapaered.
    So the police told me theres a conection.
    Buth no details…
    Im still waiting for the true

  2. 2
    Emile G.R. Frenay Says:

    My story is for everybody who likes it and also for the one who dont like it.

  3. 3
    Chuck Says:

    In my opinion what happened to the poor girl is plain to see, usually the simple explanation is the real one (even the dogs could see that) the rest has been a gigantic circus. Still hoping the truth will come out.

  4. 4
    honeybunch Says:

    They say “No stone unturned” except this one obviously

  5. 5
    tatiane da silva Says:

    According Jucelino Luz the child Madeleine has never stepped out the door of that Hotel,and it is nosense when some people say that Madeleine was kidnapping by someone. Jucelino Luz , says , this is also: ” pathetic ” . Madeleine was never taken off Praia da Luz, she is dead indeed, but never has left that place,and the key of this crimis solution belongs about two people who are the killers of that little innocent child…” Only the lier is who knows the real truth…” Jucelino told that and he is sure that someday those both liers will fall down and their paradize will be inside a jail .
    Tatiane da Silva

  6. 6
    Emile G.R. Frenay Says:

    What abouth a storry shes in hand of a peadofilic organisation,now?

  7. 7
    G1 Says:

    I just need to copy that outside the rest of the text itself. Just to see it itself. How can it not be utterly baffling? Is that the point? Whatever can be known or can’t be known, people have called them wildly narcissicistic, people have called them blatant, people have called them hard nosed, people have called them worse.

    It’s also Kate’s job. That had been her part time occupation since the fund brought in a lot of money. And, though they’d do anything to find Madeleine, and this is the person’s occupation, the compliance – that’s all, compliance – in the police investigation is ridiculed.

    It kind of is ridicule (what’s the kind of?) – a reconstruction is a straightforward, standard way to develop an investigation. In one sense, it’s a jibe at the very notion of something which is about them and not even about the police investigation. One wonders exactly what kind of ridicule, how this was formed.

    A reconstruction is not about what the police think, it’s about the participators, how they do, and any results it may generate. The important thing about the reconstruction is that it represents you – how you remember of how you were, or rather what you say of that.

    “If the reconstruction was going to help Madeleine, nothing in the world would stop them taking part.”

    What else were they doing that was so important?

    Why have they claimed continually to want the Portugese investigation reopened when they were not co-operating, which partly led to it being closed for no verifiable direction to take.

    The “grave concerns”.

    The McCanns have grave …

    – very serious, you know –

    … concerns.

    … That the abductor would be hiding in an alleyway and take them away also?

    What, legitimately – legitimately, can be “grave” concerns.

    Grave indicates a weighty dignity, or the character, aspect, demeanor, speech, etc., of one conscious of heavy responsibilities or cares, or of threatening possibilities.

    It’s impossible not to be aware that the consciousness of heavy care of any genuine parent whose child has been abducted and who has not been in any way involved in that and who has not hidden knowledge of that – lie only with the potential of the situation to be unresolved.

    (As for any abductor or anyone involved in the child’s disappearance, the consciousness of heavy care of someone who has genuine reason to be in fear, lie in case of the situation being resolved, for they do not want that.)

    The heavy care or heavy responsibilities objectively can not be connected to a genuine reconstruction in itself. But associated with the lack of it.

    Of course, I feel like I’m going back to Play School afternoons spelling this out.

    What threatening possibilities could there be from this objective part of a national police investigation? This is the one part of the investigation which the parents themselves could fully, 100% verify as they choose, correct as they choose, use to establish truths they wish to establish, over myths and falsehoods they would choose to expose.

    As for the rest of the investigation, genuine people need feel no compulsion to agree or disagree or support it or otherwise.

    But a reconstruction, obviously – this is as clear as day to all, is objective and able to be used by the McCanns.

    Even if they wished a filmed reconstruction – any reconstruction could easily have been used for more publicity by the McCanns, to get the key details and everything they wished known out into the British, Portugese, Spanish, international presses. Rather than meeting a few people on a public holiday in Huelva, the McCanns could have arranged for the press of this affair to go perhaps to national Spanish press, certainly to the press in the southernmost parts of Spain.


    “it will do absolutely nothing to help find Madeleine.”


    “If the reconstruction was going to help Madeleine, nothing in the world would stop them taking part.”

    So deserted Huelva on a public holiday, rather than this opportunity to sort out what they want to choose is broadcast as had happened in Praia da Luz – broadcast nationally in Portugal, in the UK, in Spain, with a lot of attention in the USA, and probably in some national papers in France, maybe Italy, and wider.

    “it will do absolutely nothing to help find Madeleine.”

    It’s an honest question arising from the naturally confused state to be found now:


    Why will it do absolutely nothing to help find Madeleine.

  8. 8
    E.G.R. Frenay Says:

    High or Welknown or Rich People Involved in this mystery case.
    It wouldnt be a surprise to me.

  9. 9
    G1 Says:

    Around the 6th anniversary of the disappearance of the little girl, there are reports describing recent thoughts of the parents.

    At the same time, Robert Murat talks to The Express about how there should still – soon – be a full reconstruction held of the mysterious disappearance in Praia da Luz. Mr Murat talks about the need for a reconstruction now (suggesting the parents would be likely to agree to do this involving Portuguese police after the lapse of time, no longer being official suspects). He also mentions something which sounds very sensible, that the British investigation should be focussed on Praia da Luz, in Praia da Luz, and not an irrelevant place such as London.

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