Sunday Express, 19 May 2013, reveals that a "key" witness states that a middle aged couple entered the McCann flat to comfort Maddie when she was crying, on the evening before her abduction. Apparently this is "new" and "significant" evidence, even many years after the event, and probably yet another clutch at straws! It seems the McCanns were, as usual, wining and dining after having left the children alone and unsupervised. The resident upstairs stated that Maddie's crying could be heard on most evenings when the parents were out. The lady has since unfortunately died, but she did make a statement at the time.
It is amazing - how did the "middle aged couple" who have now entered the scene, get into the flat to comfort the child? Or is that a bit of mis-reporting, or was the apartment actually left insecure?
The Police now have 20 people they wish to "interview", so what have they been doing so far in the months they have had available? 37 times NO-A-LOT it seems.
It is a well know fact that the vast majority of crime against children, including abduction, is perpetrated by family, close friends or people known to the family. As unbelievable as it may seem, the crime of child abduction is rarely carried out by strangers.
In our opinion a re-enactment of the crime, the return of detective Amaral and his team, and a re- assessment of the forensic and other evidence obtained at the time, is the only way forward.