Just a couple of weeks since their high-profile dig at three sites in Praia da Luz, Metropolitan police officers searching for clues into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are back in the Algarve to question a number of suspects – believed to number 12 in total.
According to Portuguese news services, four people have been given “arguido” status and will be interviewed today (Tuesday) at the offices of the Polícia Judiciária in Faro.
One of these is thought to be Sergey Malinka – the Russian IT expert interviewed by the PJ during the original investigation in 2007, reports Correio da Manhã newspaper. The three others are all apparently Portuguese whose cellphones registered a “particularly high level of activity” on the night of May 3 when Madeleine went missing.
According to Sky News, the trio are former employees of Luz Ocean Club, and are all thought to have carried out burglaries in the area “in the months leading up to Madeleine’s disappearance”.
Met officers have also requested interviews with eight other potential witnesses.
All the interviews will be carried out by the PJ with British police sitting in and receiving simultaneous translations.
As Sky’s Martin Brunt reports, it may be just a question of eliminating the people called up this week, “but they have certainly been flagged up during the Scotland Yard review as people of interest who may become, in a sense, more official suspects”.
This latest development is expected to play out over a couple of days at least.
Just a couple of weeks since their high-profile dig at three sites in Praia da Luz, Metropolitan police officers searching for clues into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are back in the Algarve to question a number of suspects – believed to number 12 in total. At the same time, South Wales Police have confirmed two of its search dogs and handlers are also back in Portugal and may be deployed as a result of information gleaned in this week’s interviews.