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Madeleine McCann: Is this the man who snatched her?

By James Murray

THIS is the sensational picture of a suspicious man on the beach which could lead to a breakthrough in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Snapped inadvertently in the background of a holiday photo, the mysterious man strolls along after a rain shower, staring out to sea at Praia da Luz.

The picture was taken at the Portuguese resort days before Madeleine, then three, vanished during the evening of May 3, 2007.

Briton Gail Cooper was having lunch with family and friends in a beachside cafe and taking photos when she saw him wandering along the beach, apparently in a world of his own.

“It was odd to see him walking around the beach alone in showery, cold weather.” she said...


Wearing something very similar to this 'showery, cold weather' attire...

Full story in Sunday Express



"If you can identify the man in the photograph please call the Sunday Express on 0208 612 7073 or contact the website ­Findmadeleine.com." (but not the police)

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update:

Sunday May 30,2010
By James Murray Sunday Express

THE top investigator working for Kate and Gerry McCann is considering releasing a new image of the man suspected of abducting their daughter Madeleine.

Former Detective Inspector Dave Edgar travelled to Portugal last week to show the e-fit style image to a new witness.

Portuguese Carlos Moreira, 65, has just come forward to say he saw a girl aged about four lying drowsily on a pile of clothes in the back of a white van.

It happened the day after Madeleine vanished from her holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve on May 3, 2007.

Mr Moreira has confirmed the image bears a strong resemblance to the driver of the van, which was parked at a roadside snack bar 160 miles north of the resort.


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As usual 'Have your say' is unavailable for Sunday Express articles that involve the McCanns so here are a couple that were posted on a forum:

"I am betting he is considering whether to release the E-fit because of the reaction to all the previous E-fit releases which has ranged from disbelief to hysterical laughter.

Are we to believe that that small town of PDL was swarming with swarthy looking abductors plus their sundry female accomplices?
That there was an invasion of dodgy looking gypsies all trailing kate and gerry whilst they were on vacation that week?
That lurking behind doors and hedges and in stairwells nefarious looking men watched them as they went to and fro to the creche and tapas bar?
that street must have looked like piccadily circus what with the tapas 9 runing back and forth every few minutes to check on their kids and abductors running around after them checking their routes and timings and security.
one even being possibly brazen enough to go in on the weds night walking Sean and Madeleine maybe and making them cry.

If they expect us to believe this latest drivel they are more seriously deluded than i ever thought possible.

All the more reason for them to take part in a police reconstruction simply because it might refresh the somewhat doubtful memories of the tapas 7 who might suddenly conveniently remember seeing swarthy gypsy-like man lurking behind a tree or in a door way as they ran back and forth checking on their kids"
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"...And from this they are clearly able to identify Madeleine?

I don't find this credible. How close did they get to the van to be clear in their mind that this child, huddled in a pile of clothes, was Madeleine.

If they were so sure why didn't they do something at the time? This is hogwash."