100-per-cent match to DNA: September and later articles

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100-per-cent match to DNA: September and later articles

Postby HAL » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:04 pm

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w ... 427017.ece
The TimesSeptember 11, 2007


DNA sample in McCanns' car 'has 100% match to Madeleine'
Parents have a lot of explaining to do, police source tells The Times, as a second discovery raises pressure on couple

A forensic sample that has a 100 per cent match to Madeleine McCann has been discovered in the car hired by her parents five weeks after she disappeared, it was reported last night.

Portuguese detectives are said to believe the findings, reported on Sky News, are evidence that Kate and Gerry McCann had carried the child's body in the car.

Samples sent to the Birmingham-based Forensic Science Service have been analysed and the results sent to the investigating officers. While the exact nature of the material remains unclear, it is believed to be either blood or biological fluid from Madeleine. A source linked to the investigation said: "It shows that the parents have a lot of explaining to do."

Another sample is believed to show an 80 per cent match to the genetic profile of Madeleine, who vanished from the Algarve resort just a few days before her fourth birthday. Both samples were found under upholstery in the boot of the Renault Scenic after police seized the vehicle last month.
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Re: !00-per-cent match to DNA: september and later articles

Postby HAL » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:05 pm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jh ... ddy111.xml

Madeleine McCann DNA 'an accurate match'
By Gordon Rayner, Caroline Gammell and Nick Britten
Last Updated: 2:27am BST 12/09/2007Page 1 of 2

DNA samples that are a "100 per cent match" to Madeleine McCann have been found in her parents' hire car and holiday apartment, it has been claimed.


Sources close to the case said the traces - understood to be blood - were being treated by Portuguese detectives as strong evidence that Madeleine died in the apartment before her body was placed in the car.
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Re: !00-per-cent match to DNA: september and later articles

Postby HAL » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:07 pm

http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,, ... 59,00.html

'Police Match Madeleine DNA To Hire Car'
Updated:20:26, Monday September 10, 2007

Portuguese police say they have found firm DNA evidence that the body of Madeleine McCann was in the boot of the family's hire car five weeks after she went missing, sources have told Sky News.

Sky crime correspondent Martin Brunt, speaking from Portimao, said police were "adamant" they had found the most "damning" evidence yet implicating either one or both of the McCanns in their daughter's death.

The evidence came in blood samples returned from the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham.

"Police say it is the most damning evidence that has been returned by the tests," Brunt said.

"It shows, as far as they are concerned, the presence of Madeleine's body in the car five weeks after she disappeared."

He continued: "The evidence suggests very strongly that it was not that her DNA had been transferred from clothing or from a cuddly toy.

"The allegation is that the DNA shows a full match of 99%. According to police, it shows the presence of Madeleine's body in the boot of the family's hire car five weeks after she disappeared."

He said the sample of blood sent to the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham carried three matches of Madeleine's DNA.

Two were partial matches that came from the car and the windowsill of the family's holiday apartment.

The third was the full match from the boot of the car.

Meanwhile, papers outlining any evidence against Gerry and Kate McCann will be passed to the Public Prosecutor in Portugal, probably on Tuesday.

With the couple back in their home in Rothley, Leicestershire, the prosecutor will consider whether to lay any charges.

He will be considering the circumstances surrounding Madeleine's disappearance on May 3, Portuguese police spokesman Olegario Sousa added.

Brunt said the prosecutor had a number of options and may call for more evidence or advise on the investigation.

Family spokesman Brian Kennedy, who is Madeleine's great uncle, said of the family: "They are holding up extremely well."

The Portimao-based prosecutor, Jose Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses, will look at the DNA evidence as well as the statements given by the McCanns to see if there is a case against the couple.

Chief Inspector Sousa said Portuguese police decided to pass the file on to the prosecutor despite not having all the results from forensic tests being carried out in Birmingham.

The samples were taken from the McCanns' holiday apartment and hire car.

The McCanns have been told they could be called back to Portugal "at any time".

Under Portuguese law the couple could keep their arguido - suspect - status for up to eight months, although the prosecutor could decide to extend that to a year.

Portuguese detectives appear to be working on the theory that Mrs McCann killed her daughter by accident and covered up the death by claiming she was abducted.

According to reports in Portugal, police are to make new searches as part of the investigation.
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Postby HAL » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:10 pm

http://www.transworldnews.com/NewsStory ... 518&cat=11

Madeleine McCann Case: Enough Evidence to Charge Parents

Atlanta, GA 1/07/2008 11:38 PM GMT (FINDITT)





According to reports, detectives on the Madeleine McCann case say they have enough evidence to charge the 4-year-old's parents in her disappearance and possible death.

Madeline disappeared from her parent's holiday flat in Portugal on May 3. Kate and Gerry McCann were named official suspects in her disappearance as was a nearby resident Robert Murat. Murat's name has been cleared as he has a solid alibi, but the McCann's have not been so fortunate.



"Most of the elements of proof have already been collected," said a police source.



Part of the evidence is assumed to be a DNA sample matching Madeleine that was found in Gerry and Kate McCann's car which they rented by 25 days after their daughter's disappearance.



Detectives are reportedly set to travel to the UK to question the McCann's and the friends that were with the couple the night Madeleine went missing. "We just want to reconfirm the statements made by the McCanns and their friends," added the police source.
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Postby HAL » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:13 pm

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/ ... om=mostpop
From correspondents in London

November 04, 2007 07:30am

NEW forensic tests appear to support the theory that Kate and Gerry McCann could have been involved in daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

Sources say the results from a second batch of testing, conducted at a laboratory in Birmingham, include the discovery of the girl's DNA - believed to have been obtained from Madeleine's bodily fluids and hair - in the McCanns' hire car which was rented 25 days after she went missing.

Tests on bodily fluids found in the hire car are understood to show they came from a corpse and that the body was moved.

Sources also indicate the volume of material found is too great for it to have been transferred via Madeleine's toys or clothing.

It is also believed that the tests have produced no evidence to indicate the involvement of any other person.
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Re: !00-per-cent match to DNA: september and later articles

Postby HAL » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:15 pm

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Key Talks Over Madeleine DNA
Updated:11:54, Thursday November 29, 2007


Forensic experts from Portugal have arrived at Leicestershire Police HQ for talks with British specialists about DNA samples from the Madeleine McCann inquiry.

Speculation has mounted over DNAFour members of the Portuguese investigation team are meeting scientists from the Forensic Science Service (FSS).

It is understood that DNA samples taken from a car hired by the parents of Madeleine, Gerry and Kate McCann, will be discussed.

There has been much speculation over whether the samples will implicate the couple in the disappearance of their four-year-old daughter.
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Postby HAL » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:20 pm

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/ne ... 661209.ece

By VERONICA LORRAINE
and GARY O'SHEA
in Praia da Luz
and ANTONELLA LAZZERI

Published: 08 Jan 2008
THE tormented parents of Madeleine McCann reacted in fury last night to new claims that DNA evidence backs the theory they killed her.

Portuguese newspaper Correio Da Manha reported that blood specks in their hire car and behind a sofa in their holiday apartment could only have come from Maddie, four.

Until now, forensic tests had been thought inconclusive.

Now it is being claimed new and "definitive" results from Britain support the police theory that Maddie was killed in the apartment and her body moved in a car hired 25 days AFTER she vanished.

The paper said cops had reconstructed what happened to the tot, who disappeared on May 3 while on holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, with parents Kate and Gerry.

But McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "These reports are very distressing for Kate and Gerry.


"They are depressed that again wild rumour and speculation is being presented as fact.

"As for the supposed DNA testing, which police officer has said this? Which official source is named and quoted? None ' as usual.

It is ridiculous to suggest Madeleine's blood was in the car because she was never in it. Kate and Gerry were in no way involved in her death, or in disposing of her body."

Correio Da Manha quoted alleged sources close to the investigation.

It said of the police case against the McCanns: "Firstly, sniffer dogs detected a scent of death in the bedroom, in the boot of the car and on Kate's clothes.

"Then traces of blood indicate the presence of the little girl's body behind a sofa and in the trunk of the car."

Kate and Gerry, both 39, from Rothley, Leics, have always maintained there are innocent explanations for DNA found.

They said it could have come from Maddie's clothes, her younger sister and brother, dirty nappies or rubbish bag.

Their own independent tests on the hired Renault Scenic found no trace of Maddie

And last night the Forensic Laboratory in Birmingham said: "Tests are still being carried out. No final report has been submitted to the Portuguese authorities."

Many of the samples scientists are working with are in any case feared contaminated after police failed to seal off the apartment.
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Re: 100-per-cent match to DNA: September and later articles

Postby pear » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:34 pm

HAL, you forgot my favourite, the only article I trust, exactly because it doesn't say 100% anywhere :wink:

Forget the paragraphs about Miliband etc, but check the date, and just see how damning it is:

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/st ... 91,00.html

McCanns to fly home amid fear of charges

Ned Temko and Mark Townsend in Portimao
Sunday September 9, 2007
The Observer

Kate and Gerry McCann were due to fly home to Britain this morning amid mounting speculation that they were involved in the disappearance and possible death of their daughter, Madeleine.

It is believed the McCanns fear they could be charged with their daughter's death after they were named as official suspects this week by Portuguese police. But sources close to the investigation told The Observer that DNA evidence that led to the couple being considered suspects was incomplete and not a perfect match to their daughter.

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Although evidence from blood found on the floor of the family's holiday flat was said to be 'very strong', it was not conclusive.

The first authoritative account of the sudden change of direction in the search for the missing four-year-old came last night from a senior source who is close to both the British and Portuguese police teams.

In a dramatic sign of the growing tension surrounding the fast-moving investigation, it also emerged that family and friends of the McCanns were in contact with the Foreign Office in the hope of securing support from the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband.

The McCanns spoke to Miliband a month ago, and family sources said he had been 'very supportive'. Now, they are hoping he might help head off any decision to lay charges against the McCanns on the basis of what one relative branded as 'repulsive' suggestions they were involved in their daughter's disappearance.

Revealing the details behind the decision to shift the focus of the investigation onto the McCanns, the source said that in addition to the blood at the holiday flat, DNA evidence had been found in a car rented by the McCanns more than two weeks after Madeleine went missing.

He said that while both samples had matched Madeleine's DNA, since they had degraded over time, this was based on an incomplete picture - only 15 of the available 20 genetic markers usually used for such analysis were found: 'Nineteen out of 20 is what we consider conclusive. In this case, they could extract only 15 - but all of the 15 exactly matched Madeleine's DNA.' He also dismissed as 'simply wrong' recent media reports that blood had been found in the car.

He said the Portuguese police were taking the sample recovered from the flat seriously - in part because of 'contradictions and changes' in the accounts given by the McCanns and their friends of what happened the night Madeleine disappeared.

It was the arrival last week of the DNA test results from Britain's Forensic Science Service laboratory in Birmingham that prompted Portuguese police to call in the girl's parents for questioning - and the decision, confirmed yesterday morning, to name both of them as arguidos, or formal suspects.

The source said the DNA from the rental car had come from the interior of the vehicle and not from blood. Given the passage of time, it 'could have come from any item, [such as] clothing, which Madeleine had contact with before she went missing'.

But the key sample, he said, came from blood found in the flat where the family was staying at the Mark Warner resort in Praia da Luz. 'It was a small quantity and was found on the floor, which had been washed a number of times since Madeleine's disappearance,' he said.

The source added that it was the 'very strong' probability from the DNA results of a direct match with Madeleine that convinced police to put 'detailed and specific questions' to her parents'. Their answers 'did not provide a satisfactory explanation, which is why it became virtually inevitable under the Portuguese legal system that they would be named arguidos before further questioning'.

Amid the shock of the shift in the investigation and alarm over the possibility of formal charges, the McCanns' family and closest friends yesterday rallied in support. One friend, describing the 'ordeal' of hours of police questioning on Friday and Saturday, remarked last night: 'They did not give Portuguese police the satisfaction of crying.'

Kate McCann's uncle, Brian Kennedy, said: 'We still say as a family and friends that this suggestion that in some way they were responsible for the death of Madeleine is just nonsense, pure and simple.'

Portuguese police, meanwhile, last night described as 'absolutely absurd' reports that Kate McCann was offered a plea bargain during questioning should she admit to the accidental death of her daughter.

The McCanns' Portuguese lawyer, Carlos Pinto de Abreu, said that the newspaper reports were due to a 'misunderstanding' that had arisen during questioning.
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Re: 100-per-cent match to DNA: September and later articles

Postby HAPPYDOG » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:40 pm

Thanks Hal.
And lovely to see you here.
Yes how Inspector Mitchell can go on t.v. and hold his own blooming press conference like Americas most wanted is beyond belief.
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Postby HAL » Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:28 pm

Thanks, Pear. There are many Google hits, and I dragged over just a few.
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Re: 100-per-cent match to DNA: September and later articles

Postby HAL » Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:29 pm

HAPPYDOG wrote:Thanks Hal.
And lovely to see you here.
Yes how Inspector Mitchell can go on t.v. and hold his own blooming press conference like Americas most wanted is beyond belief.



The powers of recreational pharmaceuticals :?:
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Postby anti-PhiloPastry » Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:58 am

I do not buy the theory that Mitchell somehow believes they are innocent. He is up to his neck in this and I wish I knew how he can appear on national tv and make a complete fool of himself time after time.
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Postby Blamhappy » Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:07 pm

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Postby paralipsis » Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:54 pm

With all the McCann spin going on, one could easily forget the compelling nature of the forensic evidence against the McCanns.
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Re: 100-per-cent match to DNA: September and later articles

Postby HAL » Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:21 pm

paralipsis wrote:With all the McCann spin going on, one could easily forget the compelling nature of the forensic evidence against the McCanns.


That's what they undoubtedly hope.

However, looking at the lengths the Team is going to in the spin department, you can be sure that they haven't forgotten--and neither has the joint UK/PJ investigative team, nor the FSS...nor EuroJust.
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