British police have issued efits of a man they wish to speak to with regard to Madeline McCann. Little Maddy was three-years-old when she went missing from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algrave, Portugal six-years-ago.
The two efits released by police represnt the same man. They come from different independent witnesses. Although they are very different it is easy to see it could be the same man. At this stage police have not said the man is a suspect simply that they want to speak to him as a priority.
The man was reportedly seen near the McCann's holiday apartment around the time Madeline went missing.
In spite of reports during the last six years and appeals for the unknown man to come forward he has remained elusive. Two witnesses allegedly saw the man on the night Maddy vanished. According to a report in the Guardian:
It is only now, after Metropolitan police detectives cross-referenced all the information gathered by Portuguese detectives, private investigators and the mobile phone data from the resort, that the significance of the witness statements has been fully understood. In an appeal to be broadcast on Monday night on BBC1's Crimewatch, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood of the Metropolitan police will call for anyone who recognises the man to contact him immediately.
What really happened on that terrible night in May 2007? Is Maddy still alive? If so where is she? These questions and more will haunt the parents of Maddy and her loved ones.
Recriminations are pointless as they help no-one. For a time there were questions raised about whether or not the McCann's were involved in whatever happened to Maddie. This has never been truly proved false or true. Most people though believe that the parents were not complicit and that it was just one of those things. Foolishly leaving their children cost them dearly and they need no person to tell them, "If only".
All any person can hope is that as the Metropolitan police have taken over the investigation into the disappearance of Madeline McCann they will be able to solve the puzzle. If in doing so they find Maddy alive and well, great news. If the outcome is less favourable at least Maddy's loved ones will know what happened and be able to grieve.
Having lived in limbo for more than six-years the toll on her parents and siblings must be dreadful.
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