Scotland Yard refuses to rule out Madeleine McCann link in SA child murder victim case
28 July 2015THE body of a murdered child found on the side of a South Australian highway could be that of missing toddler Madeleine McCann, British police have indicated.
Although SA police have strongly denied any link between the world’s most high-profile missing girl and the child remains found in suitcase on the side of the remote highway Wynarka, a Scotland Yard spokesman said it could not be ruled out.
According to UK’s site the Mirror, the spokesman confirmed that British officers got in touch with their Australian counterparts just after the skeletal remain were found.
Dumped ... A snapshot of the highway where the body of a girl, aged between two and four, was found.
“We are aware of reports of the remains of a child having been found in South Australia, and we have made contact with the Australian authorities,” he said.
SA police believe a fair-haired girl aged between two-and-a-half and four is the murder victim whose remains were found in the Murray Mallee in the Riverland, earlier this month.
Following an autopsy, police revealed it was “terribly clear that the child died a violent death under terrible circumstances”.
“Everything about this case is tragic,” said Detective Superintendent Des Bray.
A tent covers the area where a child’s bones were discovered in bushes beside the Karoonda Highway, east of Adelaide.
At the time of her disappearance from the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in 2007, Maddie was three-years-old. She would now be 11, which fits the description of the SA child victim.
Since her mysterious disappearance, the search for Maddie has spanned eight years, covering and almost every sighting, theory, witness account and suspect.
However, Australian police are refusing to be drawn into this latest theory, with South Australian Police Commissioner Grant Stevens telling reporters that there was “absolutely no evidence at this point in time to suggest that the child concerned is Madeleine McCann”.
“We’re prepared to consider any possibility, but to suggest something like that at this point in time would purely be speculation for the benefit of getting attention.”
Supt Des Bray previously said the little girl could have died up to eight years ago. http://www.news.com.au/national/scotland-yard-refuses-to-rule-out-madeleine-mccann-link-in-sa-child-murder-victim-case/story-fncynjr2-1227459693110