A private detective accused of exploiting the hunt for Madeleine McCann to fund his lavish lifestyle has been found dead, after purportedly descending into alcohol addiction.
The blood-stained body of Kevin Halligen, 56, was discovered at his home in Surrey, UK, last week.
Said police “the death is being treated as unexplained”.
Halligen’s firm Oakley International was briefly used by Madeleine’s parents in 2008 to help search for their missing daughter.
The £500,000 contact was terminated after “around six months”, said the Independent, because Halligen “apparently failed to fulfill certain agreements”.
The Irishman was later extradited to US to answer fraud charges, to which he pleaded guilty receiving a 41 month jail sentence.
As he had been in custody awaiting trial for 42 months, he was freed and deported, returning to his birthplace of Dublin.
Adrian Gatton, a TV director and investigative journalist, who made a documentary with Halligen in 2014 for Channel 5, told the paper that “although his death is certainly not foul play, as has been suggested, there are certainly a lot of people who wished him ill”.
The large quantities of blood discovered at the property in Guildford were “probably caused by previous falls when (Halligen) was either drunk or blacking out”, said Gatton.