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Disappeared and Abducted Children and Young Adults => Madeleine McCann (3) disappeared from her parent's holiday apartment at Ocean Club, Praia da Luz, Portugal on 3 May 2007. No trace of her has ever been found. => Suspects => Topic started by: Wonderfulspam on December 29, 2013, 04:04:01 PM

Title: Tanner Man/Bundle Man/Creche Man (Jane Tanner)
Post by: Wonderfulspam on December 29, 2013, 04:04:01 PM
4th May 2007

Jane Tanner 

Witness statement

Meanwhile a man appeared* carrying a child**, with a hurried walk, it being this detail together with the fact that the child dressed in pyjamas, without being wrapped up in a blanket, that caught her attention. She only managed to see him from the side, with the child in his arms. She noticed the individual's presence exactly when she had just passed by Gerry and Jez who were talking, having seen this person step off the pavement that borders on the apartment block where they were staying and rapidly cross the road.

The entrance to the apartment building (1) is exactly at the place (street) where the individual appeared from. After checking on her daughters, she returned to the restaurant. On her way back Gerry was no longer talking in the place where she had seen him. When she arrived at the restaurant Gerry was already there, accompanied by his wife, Kate.


Personal description:

* Dark skinned individual, male sex, aged between 35 – 40, slim physical appearance, about 1.70m tall. Very dark, thick hair, longer at the back (she could only see him from behind). He was wearing linen type cloth trousers, beige to golden in colour, a "duffy" type jacket (but not that thick). His shoes were dark in colour, classic type. He had a hurried walk. He was carrying a child, who was lying on both his arms, in front of his chest. By the way he was dressed, he gave her the impression that he was not a tourist, because he was very "warmly dressed".

** About the child whom appeared to be sleeping, she only saw her legs. The child appeared to be older than a baby. She was barefoot and was wearing what appeared to be cotton pyjamas of a light colour (possibly white or light pink). She is not certain, but has the impression a design on the pyjamas, possibly a floral pattern, but she is not certain.

As regards these details, she did not know what Madeleine was wearing at the moment of her disappearance, because she did not talk to anyone about this. As she concerns the man she saw, she only spoke to Gerald about this, not entering into details, and to the police.

When requested, she drew a sketch, which is joined to this statement.

When asked, she says she would probably be able to identify the individual she saw, being able to identify him from the side and from his manner of walking.

25th May 2007

PJ makes public appeal

Detectives issued a description of a man seen on the night the four-year-old went missing in the resort of Praia Da Luz in the Algarve. Officers said the man was "carrying a child or an object that could have been taken as a child".

The man is said to be white, aged 35-40, 5ft 10in tall, medium build with hair that was short on top. He was wearing a dark jacket, beige or golden long trousers and dark shoes. At a news conference, Ch Insp Olegario de Sousa urged the man or anyone who had seen him to come forward.
Title: Re: Tanner Man/Bundle Man/Creche Man (Jane Tanner)
Post by: Wonderfulspam on December 29, 2013, 04:30:05 PM

28th May 2007

Daily Mirror

I saw man carrying Maddie

McCann friend's guilt at 'not noticing' abduction
Vanessa Allen In Praia Da Luz 
A WOMAN who believes she saw Madeleine McCann being carried away was racked with guilt last night.
Thinking the tot was the man's own child, the friend of parents Gerry and Kate made no attempt to stop him.
A source said: "The family believe this was Madeleine being taken. The woman feels dreadful guilt that she was the last person to see her and didn't do anything. But the family do not blame her."
Yesterday it was claimed child porn was found on the computer of the only suspect in the case, Briton Robert Murat, 33. The witness was on her way to join Gerry and Kate McCann for dinner near their apartment in Praia da Luz at about 9.30pm on May 3 when she saw the suspect.
He was hurrying away from the area clasping a child wearing pink pyjamas similar to those worn by Madeleine, then three.
The man was white, of medium build, aged 35 to 40 and 5ft 10ins. He wore a blue jacket and beige trousers. Our source said: "The woman thought it was odd but believed it was the man's own child. He was walking urgently, neither running or walking slowly."
Dismissing the thought, the witness went on to dinner. Earlier the McCanns had regularly checked Madeleine and twins Sean and Amelie, two, sleeping in their nearby room.
But at 10pm Kate, 38, discovered Madeleine was missing and frantically raised the alarm.
The friend instantly realised what she had seen and within hours had given a statement and description to the authorities.
But astonishingly the significance of her sighting was apparently missed. The source said: "Officers who took the description did not seem interested. They just seemed to have filed it away.
"The woman returned to the UK where police said she was the principal witness."
Because of Portuguese laws which forbid the release of details of an investigation, the sighting could not be publicised.
It was not until Saturday - 22 days after Madeleine vanished - that a description of the suspect was issued after the probable intervention of Chancellor Gordon Brown. Since then it has generated hundreds of calls to police. Already there have been reports of a possible second sighting of a man carrying a child in Praia Da Luz that night.
Desperate to have the details released Gerry, 38, had held talks with Mr Brown.
The two fathers, both Scots, were said to have had an "instant connection". Mr Brown lost daughter Jennifer Jane who was born prematurely in January 2002.
Heart specialist Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, told the Chancellor in detail of the couple's frustrations about the slow-moving Portuguese investigation. In particular, he stressed their concern that their friend's sighting had not been made public.
In days the Portuguese authorities had made a remarkable U-turn. Kate, still holding Madeleine's pink Cuddle Cat, yesterday urged the public to come forward.
She said: "Was this man seen anywhere else in or near the town with a child, or what appeared to be a child? Which direction was he heading in? Did he have a vehicle?"
A spokesman for the McCanns said: "I can confirm that telephone conversations have taken place between Gerry McCann and Chancellor Gordon Brown.
"During them, Mr Brown offered both Gerry and Kate his full support in their efforts to find Madeleine, although details of the conversations will remain private.
"The talks took place against the background of the Chancellor's earlier offer to help when he met and spoke to other members of the McCann family in the UK."
The Treasury refused to confirm that Mr Brown had personally intervened to get the Portuguese police to change their minds.
Title: Re: Tanner Man/Bundle Man/Creche Man (Jane Tanner)
Post by: Wonderfulspam on December 29, 2013, 04:38:33 PM

5th June 2007

Daily Mail

Madeleine: Exhausted McCanns in Crimewatch TV appeal 
Holding up a small pair of pink and flowery pyjamas, Kate McCann described exactly what her eldest daughter was wearing when she was snatched on May 3.
The poignant description was given as part of BBC1's Crimewatch appeal to help the couple find their little girl.
Looking exhausted, she spoke in detail about the light pink top with capped sleeves and a picture of the cartoon character Eeyore curled up - the words "Sleepy Eeyore" written underneath.
Next she produced white cotton pyjama bottoms, covered with small flowers and another Eeyore motif on the right leg.

But, of course, the pyjamas she was holding so carefully in her lap were not Madeleine's, but those of Madeleine's younger sister, two-year-old Amelie.
Gerry McCann then spoke in detail about the suspect seen carrying what was thought to be a child on the night Madeleine disappeared.
He said the man was approximately 35 years old, around 5ft8ins or 5ft9ins, dark hair parted at the side and slightly longer at the back, a dark jacket slightly longer than a suit, beige trousers and dark shoes.
Asked if he thought the suspect was the man who kidnapped his daughter, he said: "Potentially this could have been someone who could have been picking up a child from a creche or coming back from dinner.

"But we are certainly suspicious of the timing and that person needs to be eliminated from the investigation.
"The description has been out for 10 days and as far as we know, no one of that description has come forward so that definitely gives it more weight."
Mr McCann urged anyone who had seen such a person in the area around Praia da Luz in the weeks leading up to Madeleine's abduction to come forward.
"They might be able to give a much better facial description than the police have at the minute," he said.
He also urged people to hand in any pictures with strangers in the background, as they might provide a vital clue to finding their daughter.
He said more than 1,000 pictures had already been handed in and were being closely scrutinised. Mrs McCann said the Crimewatch appeal was being made to try and assimilate all the information gathered over the last four weeks.
"Anyone who was in the area around that time, even a few weeks before who hasn't come forward, please do," she said. "Anyone who has photographs, please upload them onto the website.
"If by any chance somebody knows where Madeleine is, we would obviously urge them to come forward."
Mr McCann added: "We certainly know that it could only take one phone call.
"They could tell the police where Madeleine is and that information will be acted upon." mfl Mrs McCann said 60 per cent of the people who visit the Algarve area are British, followed by Germans and the Dutch.
"It is important for us to make people in these countries aware really as many will travel to this area."
She said she thought the sighting of the suspect was significant: "I think given the situation occurred around the same time that Madeleine was discovered to be missing. I think it has to be considered to be significant or potentially significant."
Near the couple as they spoke was a large pile of post - letters, cards, posters and presents.
Many were from well-wishers, some were from psychics claiming to know where Madeleine is, but all were being treated as potential evidence.
Mr McCann said the last appeal directly to the British public was made two weeks ago, before Portuguese police released the description of the suspect.
"We want to make sure that every single possible bit of information is brought to the police's attention.
"It may be the kind of information which will help us solve this."
Smiling wanly, Mrs McCann looked down at the pyjamas in her lap and added:
"These are virtually identical, but these are little bit smaller because they are Amelie's."

25th October 2007

Metodo 3 release an artists impression.
Title: Re: Tanner Man/Bundle Man/Creche Man (Jane Tanner)
Post by: Wonderfulspam on December 29, 2013, 04:41:26 PM

28th October 2007

Sunday Mirror


Grant Hodgson And Susie Boniface In Praia Da Luz,

EXCLUSIVE THE SEARCH FOR MADELEINE DAY 178 'It was 9.15pm and he looked a bit odd' 'But I never imagined girl was Maddie'

A friend of Kate and Gerry McCann has described for the first time the moment she believes she saw Madeleine being snatched.

Jane Tanner is haunted by the image of a man "striding urgently" away from the McCanns' apartment with a barefooted child slumped in his arms.

She admits thinking he "looked a bit odd" but says she never imagined the youngster he was carrying could be four-year-old Madeleine...until the alarm was raised 45 minutes later that she was missing. And by then it was too late.

Jane was dining with Kate and Gerry on the night Madeleine disappeared. She saw the man when she went to check on her own daughter. It was her description which led to an artist's impression of a man carrying a child released earlier this week. Jane, 36, told a friend: "I never in a million years would have imagined that it was Maddie being carried away.

"The first thing that raced into my head after finding out she was missing was this person I'd seen."

As Kate and Gerry began a frantic hunt for their daughter, horrified Jane twice told police about the dark-haired man she'd seen walking off carrying a child. The first time was at 11.15pm, then again at 3am. She was astonished that detectives failed to release the information to appeal for witnesses for another 22 days.

Jane and partner Russell O'Brien, also 36, from Exeter, Devon, were among seven friends who were holidaying with the McCanns in Praia da Luz. All nine were dining together at a tapas restaurant on the night Madeleine disappeared.

Gerry McCann had gone to check on Madeleine and her twin brother and sister at about 9.05pm. Ten minutes later, Jane left the tapas bar and was on her way back to her apartment to check on her own daughter when she saw the man heading away from the McCanns' apartment, down the hill.

Jane's friend said: "It was about 9.15pm when Jane saw the man. She said that although he looked a bit odd and the child he was carrying had bare feet on a cold night, she never in a million years thought it could have been Maddie. You see a lot of people taking children to and from a nearby creche around there.

"Jane also had just passed Gerry and another man, Jeremy Wilkins, talking in the street, so she assumed that Madeleine had just been checked on.

"Suddenly this man scoots across in front of her with the child, which she thinks is a bit strange because the child was in pyjamas and had no shoes or socks on. He wasn't running, he wasn't walking, but he was striding. It was like an urgent walk.

"Jane knows it was a child from the size of the person being carried. It was obviously a small child. There was no doubt in her mind. There have been reports the child was held in a blanket. But Jane says that is not true."

Jane arrived at her apartment, checked on her daughter and then returned to the tapas bar. Soon after, Jane says that another friend Matthew Oldfield, 37, and her partner Russell headed off to make their checks on the kids. But Jane's daughter had become ill and Matthew came back to fetch her.

On his way back - between 9.30pm and 9.45pm - he stopped and listened at the door of the McCanns' apartment but did not enter.

"Jane finished her meal and went up to the apartment straight away to see her daughter," the friend said. "Around 10 or 15 minutes later, Kate discovered that Madeleine was gone.

"Jane heard shouting outside and came out and saw Matthew's wife Rachel, who told her Maddie was missing.

"The first thing that came into Jane's head was this person she'd seen. She felt complete horror. Kate was screaming 'She's gone, she's gone' and there was a huge panic."

The local civilian police force arrived to carry out door-to-door inquiries, knocking on Jane's door at 11.15pm. "She told police about the man as soon as they arrived in her apartment," the friend said. "She also then told detectives during her interview with them in the early hours of the morning of May 4 and Gerry was present at that interview.

"Jane did feel that her sighting was taken seriously but it was frustrating that the police didn't realise a description of the man immediately."

The height of the man - aged around 35 with black hair, wearing a maroon shirt, camel-coloured trousers and black or brown shoes - was also miscalculated by cops when they converted feet into metres.

Jane says the person she saw was 5ft 9ins rather than 5ft 8ins as previously reported. She is also adamant the child was not wrapped in a blanket.

Jane will be asked to recount what she saw over the coming weeks when she and the other friends are re-interviewed by Portuguese police in the UK.

Last night it emerged that Kate and Gerry might have to wait a YEAR to see police files on them explaining why they are suspects.

Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas reported that prosecutors have applied to judge Pedro Frias to extend the deadline by giving the case "special complexity" status.

The paper said Madeleine's parents were told yesterday they might have to wait until August 2008 to see police papers outlining the case against them. They deny any involvement in her disappearance.

The paper said the request came because Portuguese police are still waiting for full DNA results from a UK lab and the chance to quiz the Tapas Nine - the McCanns and their holiday friends - on British soil. Yesterday it was also reported that detectives are still waiting for the couple's UK phone operators to send a list of their calls the night Madeleine disappeared.

An insider said: "Portuguese police say it is hampering their investigation. But you have to question why they've been so quick to jump on the McCanns when they've yet to see something as basic as their phone records."

Meanwhile Kate and Gerry are having panic buttons installed at home as police step down the round-the-clock vigil outside their house.

The couple have had a constant police guard since arriving back from Portugal seven weeks ago.

Heart specialist Gerry, 39, is returning to work on Thursday. He took twins Sean and Amelie to a park near his home in Rothley, Leics, yesterday.
Title: Re: Tanner Man/Bundle Man/Creche Man (Jane Tanner)
Post by: Wonderfulspam on December 29, 2013, 04:45:50 PM
17th November 2007

The Sun

Tapas Jane: My Guilt For Maddie


A FRIEND of the McCanns who believes she saw Madeleine being abducted has admitted being wracked by guilt every day since.

In an emotional interview Jane Tanner, a close friend of Kate and Gerry and one of the Tapas Nine, spoke of her "horrible realisation I had seen the abductor and done nothing".

Jane says her "heart went to her boots" and she has been haunted by the moment ever since.

In a riveting TV special Jane, 36, breaks the silence she has kept for the six-and-a-half months since Maddie, four, went missing from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

And she reveals astonishing new detail about the events before the horror - and panic after.

Jane decided to speak out because of the insinuations being made about her.

She said: "I'm talking now because I'm being called a liar and a fantasist. I know what I saw, I know the truth."

The mum of two from Exeter, along with her partner Dr Russell O'Brien, Kate, Gerry and five other friends were dining in the tapas bar of the holiday complex when the horror began to slowly unfold.

All had taken it in turns to make checks on their children.

Putting the events of the evening in context, BBC1's Panorama next Monday reveals that when Gerry made his last check at around 9.05pm his children's bedroom door was open. He closed it. Gerry later became convinced he had closed the door when he and Kate left.


It means the abductor may have been in the apartment already when he made his final check.

Jane went to look in on her daughter around the same time, and as she walked up the path to the apartment saw Gerry talking to another holidaymaker.

It was at that moment that she spotted a man carrying a child.

Jane said she did not realise it was Maddie because she knew Gerry had just checked on her and his twins and believed they must all be tucked up safely in bed.

She only caught a quick glimpse of the man who walked from left to right in front of her.

But she was able to describe the man as swarthy with dark curly hair. She could not see the child's face, only her bare feet dangling down and pink and white pyjamas.

Jane told interviewers: "I never in a million years thought it could have been Madeleine.

"There is a creche nearby and I thought he might be a father picking up his child from there.

"I only saw him for a few seconds. It was very dark."

Last month the McCanns released a picture of the man created by an artist using details provided by their pal.

Jane then went to her apartment to see her daughter who had been sickly for a few days and had been vomiting that night. Jane returned to the tapas bar at around 9.25pm.

She did not mention the man she had seen because she did not realise the significance. Jane's partner Russell then went to make a check at around 9.45pm.

Friend Mathew Oldfield went with him to look in on his children and also offered to go to the McCanns' apartment to check on Maddie and their twins.

Until now it was thought that Mathew just listened at the door, but in the programme it is revealed he actually went in and looked into the bedroom.

But from his vantage point he could only see the twins, not Maddie who was behind the open door. As all was silent he thought things were fine.

Mathew did not know that Gerry had found the door open and closed it around 30 minutes earlier. At the same time, Russell was discovering his daughter had been sick and called to Mathew to ask Jane to return.

Jane got back there around 9.50pm and Russell returned to the tapas bar.

At around 10pm Kate went to check. When she arrived, she found the bedroom door still open.


She stepped into the room and saw the window and shutter were up and Madeleine was missing. Her cuddle cat was on the bed along with the blanket Maddie had been snuggled in.

A source said: "Kate ran round the apartment in total panic checking every wardrobe, under the beds, the bathroom, everywhere.

She then ran screaming to the tapas bar telling her friends 'Madeleine's gone, Madeleine's gone, someone's taken her!' All hell broke loose. Chaos erupted, everyone got up and ran to the apartment."

As Jane heard the news, she realised the child she had seen nearly an hour earlier being carried off was almost certainly Madeleine.

When two cops arrived around 11.15pm Jane told them. She did a more formal interview at around 3am. Gerry was present and it was the moment he learnt Jane had seen an "abductor".

Until then she had not had the opportunity to tell Kate and Gerry. They had been too busy hunting their daughter.

Jane said she felt "total guilt" when she revealed what she had seen. Later she found out Madeleine had been wearing pink and white pyjamas.

Jane said she thought: "Oh my God, I saw him. It was that man."

She wished over and over again that she had seen the girl's face - and stopped the man.

Jane vehemently denied that any of the Tapas Nine lied. She said: "All of us have told the truth. There is no cover up, or lying."

Kate and Gerry, both 39 of Rothley, Leics, could not do the TV interview themselves as they are official suspects. Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said they were grateful to Jane.

He said: "She felt very strongly that it was important she speak out on behalf of Kate and Gerry. They can't."

The Panorama programme also features a poignant video diary of the McCanns' search for Madeleine - shot in Portugal and Spain by a friend of the couple.
Title: Re: Tanner Man/Bundle Man/Creche Man (Jane Tanner)
Post by: Wonderfulspam on December 29, 2013, 04:48:43 PM

20th November 2007

The Sun

I DID see man abduct Maddie

MADDIE kidnap witness Jane Tanner yesterday told how she watched the tot being snatched – and insisted she has NO doubt about what she saw.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun – her first with any newspaper – Jane forcefully hit back at critics who have suggested she is lying.
Amid sobs, she said: "I DID see a man that night carrying away Madeleine.
"She WAS abducted."
Tears welling in her eyes, she went on: "I wake up to that image ever day. Every day I see him there, striding away, carrying Madeleine and I try desperately to remember more detail, what his face was like.
"I think about it over and over again. It’s horrible.
"Madeleine was adorable. Every day I hope this is the day we find her."
Twisting her Look For Madeleine yellow and green wristbands, Jane, 36, then went into detail about the night of May 3.
She told how she and the other members of the so-called Tapas Nine had been leaving the restaurant at the complex in Praia da Luz to check their children.
It was on one of her visits to see her two daughters that Jane passed Maddie’s dad Gerry, 39. He was returning from seeing his children.
Seconds later she saw a man cross from left to right in front of her with a child lolling back in his arms.
Jane said: "It wasn’t unusual to see people with children, even at that time of night. But my attention was drawn to him because the child had bare feet.
"It was a cold night and I thought that was strange because as a mother I would never have taken my child around at that time without something on their feet or a blanket. All I could see of the child was their legs dangling.
"The man was about ten to fifteen feet in front of me and was walking quite quickly and I can remember thinking, 'That’s odd'.
"But that was all, nothing to make me scream out to make him stop. I never at that time thought it could be Madeleine. I’d just passed Gerry so I thought his children were all asleep in bed."
Jane carried on to her apartment where she found her daughters were fine, so she went back to the tapas bar.
About 15 minutes later her partner Dr Russell O’Brien checked and found one of the girls had been sick so he asked a friend to fetch Jane.
It was while Jane was there that Maddie’s mum Kate, 39, went to see her children at around 10.05pm – and found the girl missing.
Jane said the first she knew was when she looked out of her window and saw the table at the tapas bar was empty. She opened the door and there was commotion.
She said: "I saw all our friends outside shouting. I opened the door and one, Rachael, shouted at me, 'Madeleine’ s gone!' As soon as she said that the image of that man carrying the child came into my head and I felt physically sick. A feeling of complete horror washed over me."
Minutes later Jane saw Kate. Close to tears, Jane admitted she could not bear to tell her about the man. She said: "At that time it seemed everyone thought Madeleine was hiding.
I knew that if I told her about the man it would shatter that. I was also hoping desperately that I’d been wrong. Instead I took another friend, Fiona, to one side and told her.
"Then, at around 11.15, two policemen arrived and I told them. Later CID arrived. They did this thing called a cognitive technique, where they put you back in the moment, and it was then that I remembered the pyjamas.
"There were pink and white, they were what Madeleine was wearing. I just felt so awful, I felt I could have stopped this from happening. I think of that everyday.
"I have to live with it forever, that guilt is never going to go away." It has been reported that the man she saw that night was Robert Murat, the first person named as a suspect. But Jane said she simply does not know.
Jane, from Exeter, Devon, said: “He had his face turned away and it was dark.
"I’ve done an artist’s impression and want people to look at that and rack their brains as to whether they know him, or if they were on holiday, saw him.
"Please just ring the Find Madeleine Spanish hotline."
Meanwhile, the Portuguese police plan to question the McCanns' seven friends once more, it was reported today.
Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias said the interviews would take place in an attempt to clear up some of the reported contradictions in the friends' statements.
The newspaper added that the questioning was expected to take place over the next few days working with English local authorities.
Title: Re: Tanner Man/Bundle Man/Creche Man (Jane Tanner)
Post by: Angelo222 on December 29, 2013, 04:59:53 PM
You are doing a great job Wonderfulspam bringing all this information about the suspects to readers.  I suggest admin tweet it out as it is worthy reading.
Title: Re: Tanner Man/Bundle Man/Creche Man (Jane Tanner)
Post by: Sherlock Holmes on December 29, 2013, 07:34:15 PM
Was also just about to comment on the enormous amount of effort wonderfulspam has put into constructing these threads. Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Tanner Man/Bundle Man/Creche Man (Jane Tanner)
Post by: Angelo222 on December 29, 2013, 08:40:27 PM
Was also just about to comment on the enormous amount of effort wonderfulspam has put into constructing these threads. Much appreciated.

I like the way he/she has put them together with just enough information and links if the reader wants to investigate further.  Top job WS  8@??)(
Title: Re: Tanner Man/Bundle Man/Creche Man (Jane Tanner)
Post by: Wonderfulspam on December 29, 2013, 09:30:18 PM
Thanks guys,


I thought I'd just share the media links where possible & let the headlines do the talking.