Kate and Gerry McCann: Portuguese cops’ hunt for Maddie “pathetic”

By Lori Campbell, sundaymirror.co.uk 27/07/2008

Portuguese police knocked on just 443 doors in the failed hunt for missing Madeleine McCann.

Their investigation was last night branded “pathetic” by her parents Kate and Gerry, who are furious police did not do more to find their daughter.

There are 7,000 homes in Praia da Luz, the resort where four-year-old Madeleine was snatched – but police went to fewer than one in 10 doors, says a report into the investigation.

In stark contrast, British police probing the disappearance of Shannon Matthews earlier this year knocked on 5,000 doors and searched 2,000 houses.

Nine-year-old Shannon was found in 24 days, whereas Portuguese police have stopped looking for Madeleine after 14 months.

A friend of the McCanns said: “The 443 doors would barely cover 500 yards from the apartment where Madeleine was taken. That is shocking and unacceptable.”

Police didn’t even bother to go out of the resort to question residents in neighbouring towns.

The McCanns expect to see the full police report this week and their team of private investigators will go through every shred of evidence.

The source added: “They will analyse exactly what has and hasn’t been done. If it means going back to the very basics of knocking on doors in Praia da Luz, then they will do it.

“The report shows Portuguese police clearly didn’t do a thorough job from day one. It is immensely frustrating for Kate and Gerry.” Former chief superintendent Dai Davies, who was head of the Royal Protection Squad, slammed the Portuguese detectives’ efforts as shameful.

He said: “It is simply ridiculous they only knocked on 443 doors. That would take just a few hours.

“In the UK, officers go to thousands of doors and don’t give up until they have a lead.

That is basic policing, especially in an abduction case when the child could still be nearby.”

2 Responses to “Kate and Gerry McCann: Portuguese cops’ hunt for Maddie “pathetic””

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    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 .

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    A Says:

    If the Portuguese cops’ hunt for Maddie was “pathetic”, what about a couple of parents who leave his small childrens home alone???

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