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Collected Articles re De Telegraaf Letter and Towel Found

Postby scylla » Sat May 17, 2008 12:59 am

RTE News
http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0613/mccannm.html

Paper gets letter about Madeleine McCann
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 19:33

A Dutch newspaper has received an anonymous letter and a map claiming to show where missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann's body is buried.

Police in Portugal say they are investigating the information which identified a location 15km from the Algarve resort from which Madeleine disappeared on 3 May.

The letter strongly resembles another received by the newspaper last year, accurately pinpointing where two missing Belgian girls were buried.
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De Telegraaf
http://www.telegraaf.nl/buitenland/65604861/Zoektocht_met_speurhonden_na_tip_Maddie.html?p=6,1

oor de redactie
do 14 jun 2007, 05:30

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AMSTERDAM - UPDATE 14:00 Regen voorkomt dat de Portugese politie vandaag met speurhonden gaat zoeken naar de Engelse Maddie op de plaats die aangegeven staat op het kaartje dat naar De Telegraaf is gestuurd.

De politie heeft het gebied gistermiddag samen met twee verslaggevers van de krant globaal bekeken. "We doen al het mogelijke om de verklaring uit Nederland na te trekken", aldus politiezegsman Olegario Sous. Vandaag zou groter materieel worden ingezet. Maar door het vochtige weer heeft het weinig zin de speurhonden in het onherbergzame en uitgestrekte gebied in te zetten.

De Telegraaf kreeg een brief en kaartje met daarin aanwijzingen dat Madeleine McCann onder takken en/of stenen zou liggen, op een afstand van vijftien kilometer van het appartement waar ze verdween.

De Telegraaf heeft er bewust voor gekozen de brief en de exacte locatie niet openbaar te maken om het onderzoek niet te verstoren. Meteen na ontvangst is de brief afgegeven aan de Amsterdamse politie. Woensdag werd de kleurenscan doorgestuurd naar Portugal. Volgens woordvoerder Gerard Vrooland duurde dat even "omdat het veiligstellen van biologische sporen een tijdrovende procedure is".

De verslaggevers hadden al eerder in het gebied waar de tip over gaat rondgekeken en een handdoek zien liggen. Deze plaats is aan de Portugese politie gewezen. De doek is voor onderzoek meegenomen.

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Quest with tracker dogs after tip Maddie

by the editors
Thu June 14, 2007, 04:30

AMSTERDAM - UPDATE 14:00 Rain prevents the Portuguese police with tracker dogs today, searching for the English Maddie at the site which indicated on the map that was sent to De Telegraaf.

The police have the area yesterday along with two reporters of the newspaper overall. "We are doing everything possible to the statement from the Netherlands after a draw," said Olegario Sous politiezegsman. Today larger equipment would be deployed. But by the humid weather, it makes little sense to the inhospitable and tracker dogs in the vast area to continue.

De Telegraaf received a letter and postcard with evidence that Madeleine McCann under branches and / or stone would lie at a distance of fifteen miles from the apartment where she disappeared. De Telegraaf has deliberately chosen the letter and the exact location undisclosed to the investigation not to disturb. Immediately after receiving the letter issued by the Amsterdam police. Wednesday was the kleurenscan forwarded to Portugal. According to spokesman Gerard Vrooland that lasted even "because the security of biological traces a time-consuming procedure."

The reporters had already been in the area where the tip about some research and see a towel. This place is for the Portuguese police noted. The cloth is taken for examination.

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Re: Collected Articles re De Telegraaf Letter and Towel Found

Postby scylla » Sat May 17, 2008 1:03 am

BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6749131.stm

Police probing Madeleine letter

Police in Portugal are investigating an anonymous letter and a map claiming to show where missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann's body is buried.

The letter, sent to Dutch paper De Telegraaf, identifies an area 15km (9.3 miles) from where Madeleine vanished.

It strongly resembles another letter sent to the same newspaper last year, accurately pinpointing where two missing Belgian girls were buried.

Ch Insp Olegario de Sousa said officers were "checking the information".

Around eight plain-clothed police officers visited the village of Arao, which is 15km from Praia da Luz, on Wednesday evening.

It is understood that a formal request was made to a section of the police called the GNR to carry out searches in the area.

They spent an hour and 20 minutes looking at fields and the surrounding area ahead of possible searches on Thursday morning.

'Everything necessary'

The Madeleine letter pinpoints a dirt track north of Odiaxere in the Algarve, according to De Telegraaf.

The paper said that the letter claims Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, is buried "north of the road under branches and rocks, around six to seven metres off the road".

Beside a cross and two question marks, the sender has written "vermoedelijke vindplaats Madeleine" - the place where Madeleine can probably be found.

Portuguese police would not confirm whether they had begun searching the area.

But Mr Sousa confirmed Portuguese police were aware of the map and were doing "everything necessary".

He said: "There have been exchanges between Dutch police and us.

"The information indicated an area 15km from the place of the disappearance of the little child. It is not far from Praia da Luz. We are checking the information like we check everything in this case for importance."

Asked if a search would include digging, he replied: "If the information gives us a precise location where we can look, we will do it."

Tip-off letter

The BBC's Caroline Hawley said it was difficult to assess the reliability of the map, given that Portuguese detectives had received hundreds of tip-offs which have not proved useful in the course of the investigation.

Officers also reported that the map was vague, she added.

Dutch police are studying similarities between the new letter and one received by De Telegraaf pointing to the whereabouts of Belgian step-sisters Stacey Lemmens, seven, and Nathalie Mahy, 10.

The girls were murdered in June 2006 after they disappeared from a late-night fair in the town of Liege.

On the day that the letter was received, police found their bodies at the spot indicated on an enclosed map.

A convicted paedophile, Abdullah Ait Oud, is now on remand awaiting trial for murder.

The Telegraaf believes the letter comes from the same sender because the phrase "vermoedelijke vindplaats" was also used in the tip-off letter last year about Stacey and Nathalie, BBC correspondent Alix Kroeger added.

Madeleine disappeared while on holiday with her parents in Praia da Luz on 3 May.

It is believed she was abducted from a holiday apartment while her parents ate at a nearby restaurant.

Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have travelled across Europe in an effort to find her.

The couple were also featured in an appeal for information on BBC One's Crimewatch.
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Re: Collected Articles re De Telegraaf Letter and Towel Found

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The National Ledger
http://www.nationalledger.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=13&num=14072

Madeleine McCann Tip May Reveal One Vital Clue for Police
By Jon Shanks
Jun 14, 2007

Portuguese police have ended their search in local scrubland where it was claimed the body of missing British girl Madeleine McCann is buried. It appears that the tip was erroneous, but it possibly could have revealed one clue - a towel found at the site could provide a vital clue to the disappearance of Maddie, reports claim.

Forensic teams will examine the light brown beach towel to establish if there is any link to the missing four-year-old - and whether it might be the "blanket" her kidnapper is believed to have used that night six weeks ago to smuggle her away, This is London details in a report. A friend of the McCanns has said she saw a man carrying a child away in a blanket on the evening of May 3, about 30 minutes before anyone noticed Madeleine had disappeared.

It was discovered nine miles from the McCann family's holiday apartment - in an area pinpointed by an anonymous letter to a Dutch newspaper as the spot where she was buried. The discovery was made by two journalists from the Amsterdam based De Telegraaf newspaper, who led Portuguese police to the area marked with a cross on a map that accompanied the letter. They videoed the find and handed it to detectives.

It was reported earlier that dogs would be brought to the search area - but spokesman for the local GNR police, which handles day-to-day policing, said they had received no request from the investigative police, who are in charge of the investigation, for help or to bring sniffer dogs to the area.

Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, say they are outraged that the letter was published, slamming the move as insensitive, cruel and 'irresponsible journalism.'
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Re: Collected Articles re De Telegraaf Letter and Towel Found

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Radio Netherlands
http://www.radionetherlands.nl/currentaffairs/mcC070614nws

New evidence in Madeleine McCann case

by our Internet desk
14-06-2007

Portuguese police are interviewing two Dutch newspaper reporters who have found a towel in the area identified as the possible burial location of four-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann in a tip-off from a Dutch source.

Wrapped in towels
According to their newspaper De Telegraaf, another tip-off has come in from a different source claiming that a man was seen carrying a child wrapped in towels near the place where Madeleine disappeared. Five Portuguese detectives accompanied the Dutch reporters to the spot where they found the towel, followed by a Portuguese TV camera crew.

Letter
It was De Telegraaf which received the anonymous letter containing clues regarding the whereabouts of the missing child. Both Dutch and Portuguese police are taking the letter very seriously, because it seems to have been written by the same person who last year sent a letter providing the exact location of the two murdered Belgian girls Stacey and Nathalie.

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The letter said Madeleine could be found not far from the hotel room she was abducted from on 3 May this year near Praia de Luz, Portugal. It says that she lies buried "north of the road under branches and rocks, around six to seven metres off the road" in a barren and deserted hilly landscape.

Crosses on a map that came with the letter show the alleged location of her body. De Telegraaf handed the letter over to Dutch police who sent a full colour scan to detectives in Portugal. A full-scale search of the area with sniffer dogs is taking place today.

Celebrity appeal
The McCann family has enjoyed broad public support following the abduction of their daughter. A British businessman has offered a reward of 1.5 million euros for a golden tip regarding Madeleine's whereabouts. The famous football players David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo have appeared on television to appeal for her release.

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SKY News
http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,91210-1270454,00.html

Madeleine Police Probe New Tip-Off

Updated: 04:31, Thursday June 14, 2007

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Police are searching an area in Odiaxere

Portuguese police are continuing to investigate an area where it is claimed Madeleine McCann's body may be buried.

Sniffer dogs are helping police with their search at the location, which is nine miles from where the four-year-old disappeared.

The move came after an anonymous note, seemingly from the same person who sent a letter leading police to the bodies of two murdered Belgian girls last year, was received by a newspaper and passed to the Policia Judiciaria.

It claimed the four-year-old lies buried under rocks and branches in deserted scrubland.

A map marking the location of Madeleine with a cross was sent along with the letter.

It was thought to pinpoint an area north of Odiaxere, north east of Praia da Luz from where the girl was snatched 41 days ago.

According to De Telegraaf, the letter said Madeleine was buried "north of the road under branches and rocks, around six to seven metres off the road" in a barren and deserted landscape.

A map from Dutch website routenet.nl came with the letter, with crosses marked on it. The letter claimed her body could be found up a dirt track north of Odiaxere.

Around eight plain clothed police officers visited Arao on Wednesday, a small village 15 kilometres away from Praia da Luz.

They spent an hour and 20 minutes looking at fields and the surrounding area ahead of possible searches starting in the morning.

Local Translator Gaynor Jesus told Sky News: "Apparently the letter came from a medium who pinpointed the location of two murdered Belgian girls - I think this is the reason for such credibility.

"But in Portugal mediums' reports are filed away unless they have something specific police can go on - they have received hundreds reports.

"They are treating this report with extreme caution."

Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa added: "We are checking the information like we check everything in this case for importance."

Meanwhile, Madeleine's family announced that hundreds of yellow ribbons, cuddly toys and messages of support left at a memorial for Madeleine McCann are to be cleared away.

The colourful tributes have been placed around a monument in the centre of the four-year-old's home town of Rothley, Leicester, ever since she went missing 41 days ago.

The memorial has been a focal point for those praying for the little girl's safe return.

Madeleine's great uncle, Brian Kennedy, said: "We are aware that the huge response to the loss of our great-niece Madeleine has changed the appearance of Cross Green in the centre of Rothley for several weeks now.

"We would like to restore the Green to something approaching normality, whilst acknowledging the kindness shown by so many people."

Mr Kennedy said the family hoped to initially clear seats around the green and to move as many of the donated toys as possible to a good home for other children.

"All the cards and messages will be stored carefully to await the family's return and some have been sent to them already."

Pub landlady Valerie Armstrong, who arranged for well-wishers to tie yellow ribbons to railings around Cross Green monument, said the process would begin at the weekend.

She said: "It's definitely not a sign of us giving up hope. It's just the practical side of it. We need to free up some of the benches. The yellow ribbons are staying."
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The Times
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article1929395.ece

June 14, 2007

Madeleine officers prepare to dig after 'burial place' letter

Portuguese police may begin digging in search of the body of Madeleine McCann this morning after a letter apparently giving details of where she will be found was sent to a Dutch newspaper.

The parents of the missing four-year-old girl were told about the letter yesterday. It was similar to one sent to the same newspaper last year, which predicted where the bodies of two missing Belgian girls would be found.

Police in the Netherlands said that they were treating the claim seriously because of the similarities with the letter that predicted where officers would find the bodies of Stacy Lemmens, 7, and Nathalie Mahy, 10, in June last year.

The letter said that Madeleine, who disappeared 42 days ago from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, was buried beside a dirt track that runs though scrubland close to a town called Odiaxere in the Algarve. It said Madeleine's body would be found "north of the road under branches and rocks, six to seven metres off the road".

Two A4-size maps of the Algarvewere included, marked by a cross and two question marks and a handwritten note.

Last night several plain-clothed police officers arrived at Arão, a small village nine miles from Praia da Luz, where they spent an hour and 20 minutes looking at fields and the surrounding area.

The McCann family and police in Britain and Portugal have received hundreds of letters from hoaxers and people claiming to have psychic powers who say they know what happened to Madeleine.

A spokesman for Mr and Mrs McCann from Rothley, Leicestershire, said: "Kate was distressed by the whole thing, as you can imagine."

The two-paragraph, handwritten letter in Dutch was sent to De Telegraaf, a newspaper based in Amsterdam. Dutch police handed it to Portuguese officers yesterday.

Both letters used the phrase translated as "the presumable hiding place", the handwriting was similar and both were accompanied with a map printed from the same Dutch routeplanner website. There was no mention of clairvoyance or psychic powers. The area located in the letter is about nine miles from Praia da Luz, on a road between Odiáxere and Pereira. It says the body is buried about four miles from Odiáxere and two miles from the main highway. It is about eight miles from Figueira, from where Joana Cipriano, 9, disappeared three years ago.

Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa, of the PolÍcia Judiciária, said that the information was being taken seriously.

The letter was posted just days after Mr and Mrs McCann visited the Netherlands as part of a European-wide campaign to raise awareness of their daughter.

The couple, who lived in Amsterdam for a year in 2004 when Madeleine was a baby, said that the Netherlands was important because of the large number of Dutch tourists in the Algarve.
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Yahoo News
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/pressass/20070614/tuk-mccanns-play-down-body-claim-6323e80_1.html

McCanns play down 'body' claim

Press Assoc. - Thursday, June 14 06:18 pm

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann put on a brave face as they tried to play down claims that their daughter lies buried near where she was kidnapped.

Portuguese detectives spent the day trying to verify an anonymous letter which said the four-year-old was hidden in scrubland only nine miles from Praia da Luz where she was snatched 42 days ago.

Kate and Gerry McCann carried on as normal, taking care of two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie and collecting a friend from Faro airport.

It is understood they do not believe the claim to be significant.

But the couple from Rothley in Leicestershire were furious that Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf printed the allegation before Portuguese police had a chance to investigate.

Mr McCann, 39, said the Policia Judiciara (PJ) had no time to examine its credibility or consider searching the area before the revelations were made public.

Describing the move as "insensitive and cruel", Mr McCann said he and his wife Kate were deeply upset by what had happened.

Speculation surrounding the case reached fever pitch after rocky ground north of the village of Odiaxere was highlighted as a possible crime scene.

Television crews, photographers and journalists poured into the area but there was no sign of a formal search.

PJ spokesman Olegario Sousa said police were taking the claim seriously but insisted it was one of a number of leads they were looking at. He said they could only start searching an area if they had a precise location.

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Yahoo News
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20070614/tuk-portugal-britain-crime-b5b5cc4_2.html

Madeleine parents upset over 'cruel' tip

Thursday, June 14 06:25 pm

LISBON (AFP) - The parents of a missing toddler Madeleine McCann, on Thursday criticised a Dutch newspaper for giving details of an anonymous letter which claimed to know where she was buried near a Portuguese village.

Portuguese police scoured remote ground for the body of Madeleine McCann following the tipoff which was handed over by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

"We were extremely disappointed in the publication of the anonymous letter in The Telegraaf (Netherlands) claiming to know where Madeleine is buried," said the girl's father, Gerry McCann writing on a website devoted to the search for Madeleine.

"We were very upset that the credibility of this letter had not been examined and, more importantly, published before the Portuguese police had an opportunity to investigate the claim, and search the area if appropriate without massive media attention.

"We feel strongly that this was an irresponsible piece of journalism and even if it were true is insensitive and cruel.

"One can imagine how upsetting it is for Kate and I to hear of such claims through the media and if every piece of information was published like this there would be nothing else in the newspapers."

About a dozen investigators searched the scrubland near the southern village of Odiaxere, police spokesman Olegario de Sousa said.

The spot could correspond to that marked on a map which accompanied the anonymous letter.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf said Wednesday it had received the anonymous letter giving details of where to find the body of the missing four-year-old British girl.

Madeleine vanished from the hotel room where she and her two-year-old twin siblings were sleeping in the southern resort town of Praia da Luz on May 3 while her parents were dining at a nearby restaurant.

According to the letter, the girl's body is hidden about 15 kilometres (nine miles) north of Praia da Luz "under trees and rocks, five or six metres from the road", in barren ground.

The daily said the letter was similar to one it received last year which had indicated with some accuracy the site where two missing Belgian girls' bodies were discovered at the end of June.
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The Post Chronicle
http://www.postchronicle.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=20&num=86617

Published: Jun 15, 2007

Madeleine McCann Search: After 'Blanket' Found, Police Recheck Area
by Mitch Marconi


Madeleine McCann Mystery Continues - Portuguese police have again started searching an area of scrubland today, just nine miles from where young Madeleine McCann was abducted.

Police vans, one carrying sniffer dogs, moved in at dawn in the village of Arao, not far from Praia da Luz.

According to a report from This Is London, forensic teams are now examining a light brown beach towel found at the scene to establish if there was any link to the missing four-year-old.

They will also attempt to determine whether it might be the "blanket" her kidnapper is believed to have utilized in order to sneak her away that fateful night six weeks ago.

Two journalists from the Amsterdam based De Telegraaf newspaper, who led Portuguese police to the area marked with a cross on a map that accompanied the letter, made the discovery.

The newspaper reports that the find was videotaped and handed over to detectives.

According to sources at the TIL, the large towel might easily have been mistaken for a blanket. Earlier reports stated that a friend of the McCanns said that she saw a man carrying a child away in a blanket on the evening of May 3.

Two days ago Portuguese police were told about an anonymous letter alleging that Madeleine had been buried under rocks in this area.

Portuguese police started investigating the claim on Wednesday.

A source close to Kate and Gerry McCann said the couple had been told that searches were likely to continue this morning. But emphasized that police had already investigated the area and were going back to "double check" that they had not missed anything, according to The Irish Times.

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This Is London (also in The Daily Mail)
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23400658-details/Towel%20found%20at%20Madeleine%20search%20site%20could%20be%20vital%20new%20clue/article.do

Hunt for Madeleine: Scrubland search called off
Last updated at 17:22pm on 15.06.07

The parents of Madeleine McCann were "relieved" today after Portuguese police called a halt to a major search for her body.

Kate and Gerry McCann were told shortly after 10am today that the search of scrubland close to the resort of Praia Da Luz had failed to find any trace of Madeleine.

Portuguese police officers with sniffer dogs carried out the fruitless search after a tip-off from a Dutch source.

Starting at dawn, they cordoned off the area nine miles from where she was abducted in Praia da Luz.

For several hours, more than 30 Guarda Nacional Repulicana, 20 Policia Judiciara (PJ) and four specialist dogs combed the scrubland. But the search was called off later in the morning and the lead dismissed.


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Police had cordoned off a small village 15kms from Praia da Luz


Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa from the PJ said: "The search has been carried out. This clue has been completely checked and the result was negative, so the investigation goes on.

He said the dogs had not found anything significant and denied claims that officers had dug up land: "If the dogs do not pick up any sign then why would we dig?

"We would only dig if the dogs found anything relevant on the ground."

Two police vans and seven unmarked police cars were involved in the search in the tiny village of Arao, north east of Praia da Luz.

Cordons were established on all roads surrounding the search area - a desolate hillside covered in trees and wasteland just north of the main road to Faro.

As the officers searched, unseasonal rain fell sporadically.

Sniffer dogs


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Sniffer dogs from the Algarve arrived this morning outside the village of Odiaxere


The formal search was carried out two days after Portuguese police were told about an anonymous letter alleging that Madeleine had been buried under rocks in the area.

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Police have now called off the search of the area north of Odiaxere, north east of Praia da Luz from where Madeleine was snatched

The letter, which was accompanied by a map marked with a cross, was sent to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf on Monday.

Publishing the details on Wednesday, it said Madeleine's body was lying hidden in scrubland just seven metres from the road.

There have been other anonymous tips, but this one was acted on as the writer used phrases which mirrored those of a letter last year.

That letter pinpointed the spot where two missing Belgian girls were found dead.

Ch Insp Sousa said police had already done a "cursory" check of the area and were going back to make sure they had not missed anything.

"They went back to double check before ruling it out completely," he said.

The news comes as a video montage of the Madeleine set against Bryan Adams' hit song Everything I Do was released on the Find Madeleine website.

It shows a mixture of photos and video footage of her smiling and looking into the camera.

Earlier today Gerry McCann admitted that his faith would be "severely tested" if his daughter was not found safe and well.


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Gerry and Kate McCann collect their twins from the creche today


"If we don't get Madeleine back alive and well, I am sure our faith will be severely tested," he told The Tablet, a Catholic newspaper.

"At the end of it, we will still have our faith and we will also have comfort that Madeleine will be looked after.

"We haven't dwelt on that but I think that is what we will be left with.

"Our friends, our family, the Church have really rallied round. I think that's the key thing for me."

Mrs McCann, a part-time GP, said she had also wondered if her belief was strong enough: "I have felt guilty asking, 'Will this make or break my faith?'

"And yet at the same time you could argue that what's happened in the first place could make or break your faith and it hasn't.

"It's done the opposite. It has given us hope and strength."

The McCanns, who met at medical school in Glasgow and now live in Rothley, Leicestershire, said religion was not so important when they were younger, but had been strengthened by having children.

Now that their eldest child is missing, it has assumed an even greater importance.

The couple said they regularly use three Portuguese words - esperanca, forca, coragem (hope, strength and courage) - as comfort when they are going through low periods.

They looked sombre as they walked past the apartment where Madeleine was taken from her bed as she slept 43 days ago.

The anonymous letter that prompted today's search was sent to De Telegraaf was taken seriously because of its similarity to another note written to the same newspaper last year, which correctly identified the location of two dead Belgian girls.

The bodies of Stacy Lemmens, seven, and her step-sister, Nathalie Mahy, 10, were found in Liege 19 days after they disappeared while playing outside a bar.

Police were guided to the dumping ground by a letter and a map marked with a cross.

Yesterday, Dutch police said they were treating Monday's letter seriously.

But Mr McCann condemned De Telegraaf for publishing the details before Portuguese police had a chance to investigate.

He described the move as both "insensitive and cruel".
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The Post Chronicle
http://www.postchronicle.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=20&num=86558

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Published: Jun 15, 2007

Madeleine McCann Clue? 'Blanket' Uncovered At Tip Search Site

by Mike Baron

Madeleine McCann Mystery - Madeleine McCann clue? Even though early reports suggested that a tip from a Dutch Newspaper might be bogus, a towel has turned up that could prove to be a vital clue in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The towel was discovered nine miles from the McCann family's holiday apartment - in an area pointed out by an anonymous letter to De Telegraaf as the spot where she was buried.

According to a report from This Is London, forensic teams will now examine the light brown beach towel to establish if there is any link to the missing four-year-old.

They will also attempt to determine whether it might be the "blanket" her kidnapper is believed to have utilized in order to sneak her away that fateful night six weeks ago.

Two journalists from the Amsterdambased De Telegraaf newspaper, who led Portuguese police to the area marked with a cross on a map that accompanied the letter, made the discovery.

The newspaper reports that the find was videotaped and handed over to detectives.

According to sources at the TIL, the large towel might easily have been mistaken for a blanket. Earlier reports stated that a friend of the McCanns said that she saw a man carrying a child away in a blanket on the evening of May 3.

The discovery of the towel comes on the six week anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance from the apartment in Praia da Luz.

Is it a legit piece of evidence? Reports indicate that the "towel" appears to have been at the site for some time.
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