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Wonderfulspam:
30th October 2013

Daily Mirror

Madeleine McCann 'kidnapper' was 'hotel worker who snatched her after being sacked then DIED in tractor accident'

Portuguese police are believed to have identified the 40-year-old former Ocean Club employee following tests on his mobile phone, local media reported.



Deceased suspect - Euclides Monteiro

Madeleine y suspected kidnapper was a worker at the hotel where she vanished who snatched her after being sacked - and later DIED in a tractor accident, it was sensationally claimed today.

Police are believed to have identified the man as their main suspect after tests on his mobile phone showed he was around the McCann's holiday apartment on the day Maddie disappeared, Portuguese daily Correio da Manha reported.

The 40-year-old is understood to have been a former employee at the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz who detectives fear may have snatched the little girl out of revenge after he was fired.

The unnamed suspect was also living in a flat in the town of Lagos, around a 15-minute drive from the McCann's resort.

Officers have already quizzed his widow about their suspicions and are thought to be searching for Madeleine's body in the belief he may have killed her, the newspaper reported.

Portugal's Attorney General gave the go-ahead for the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance to be reopened last week at the request of the country's Policia Judiciaria police force - more than five years after the probe had been shelved.

Correio da Manha claimed: "Police suspicions about the former Ocean Club employee arose during the review of the case carried out by a PJ team from Porto.

"This was the strongest new lead presented to state prosecutors which led to the investigation being reopened.

"The man, who died aged 40 in a tractor accident in 2009, was not on the list of employees handed over to police during the initial investigation by the Ocean Club because at the time of Madeleine's disappearance he was not working there."

The newspaper described his departure from the Ocean Club as "fractious" and added: "The motives that could have caused the ex-employee to kidnap the youngster are still being investigated.

"The suspect could have taken the child to commit a sex crime before killing her.
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"But he could also have committed the kidnap as a form of retaliation against the Ocean Club.

"His aim could have been to call into question the security of the holiday club but something went wrong and the youngster disappeared."

Correio da Manha reported earlier this week that Portuguese police were looking for Madeleine's body after reaching the conclusion she was probably dead.

The McCanns' lawyer Rogerio Alves said last week the couple were still motivated by the belief she was alive.

Portuguese police declined to comment on the Correio da Manha report today.


It was written by three journalists, including a senior reporter who recently gave evidence at the ongoing libel trial the McCanns brought against Goncalo Amaral over a controversial July 2008 book he wrote falsely accusing them of faking their daughter's abduction to cover up her death.

A spokesman for the Policia Judiciaria said: "A secrecy order placed on the reopened case, and our professional secrecy, prevents us from making any comment on Correio da Manha's reports."

It emerged over the weekend police were planning to reinterview several Ocean Club employees.

More than 130 workers were questioned during the initial inquiry, including two maintenance men who fixed a blind in Gerry and Kate McCann's apartment two days before Madeleine disappeared and showed her mum how to use the washing machine.

One of the men blamed gypsies for a string of robberies in the area and told police he had seen travellers stealing firewood from an Ocean Club warehouse around four months before Madeleine disappeared.

Portuguese police are thought to have returned to the Praia da Luz area around a month ago to do mobile phone tracking work.

It is not clear if the officers were from the Porto-based review team - or were detectives based in the Algarve acting on behalf of Met Police who are carrying out their own separate investigation into Madeleine's disappearance.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/madeleine-mccann-kidnapper-hotel-worker-2655757

Wonderfulspam:
31st October 2013

Daily Star

Maddie's snatcher killed by a tractor,

THE prime suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance is dead, it was claimed last night.

He was killed in a tractor accident in 2009, two years after snatching Maddie in a twisted act of revenge.


Hols worker took Maddie in revenge after being sacked

But 40-year-old died in a tractor accident

by JERRY LAWTON
Thursday, October 31, 2013

THE prime suspect in the kidnapping of Madeleine McCann died in a tractor accident four years ago, it was claimed yesterday.

Portuguese police believe the 40-year-old may have snatched the youngster in a grudge attack after being sacked from the holiday resort where she was staying.

Police have questioned his widow about their suspicions, according to a Portuguese newspaper, but their inquiries have not led them to Madeleine.

Police identified the man as their No 1 suspect after mobile phone transmitter analysis placed him near the McCanns' apartment in the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal, when the three-year-old vanished in 2007.

The flat is a 15-minute drive from the town of Lagos where the man was living at the time after being axed as a restaurant worker at the holiday complex a year earlier.

The line of inquiry was unearthed by a team of Portuguese detectives assigned two years ago to review the original shelved investigation.

It is said to be what prompted Portugal's Attorney General to reopen the case last week.

Madeleine's doctor parents Kate and Gerry, both 45, of Rothley, Leics, have been made aware of the theory but their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said last night that the couple "will not comment on speculation".

A source close to the McCanns said: "Kate and Gerry have been told that, according to Portuguese media reports, a main suspect is dead. It may well be true and what the Policia Judiciaria think. But if this man is the kidnapper and is now dead where has he put Madeleine?"

According to Portuguese daily Correio da Manha, which broke the news the case was being reopened, the suspect was the "strongest new lead presented to state prosecutors".

The newspaper said: "The man, who died aged 40 in a tractor accident in 2009, was not on a list of employees handed over to police during the initial investigation by the Ocean Club because at the time of Madeleine's disappearance he was not working there."

It described his departure from the resort as "fractious" and added: "The motives that could have caused the ex-employee to kidnap the youngster are still being investigated.

"The suspect could have taken the child to commit a sex crime before killing her.

"But he could also have committed the kidnap as a form of retaliation against the Ocean Club.

"His aim could have been to call into question the security of the holiday club but something went wrong and the youngster disappeared."

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police, who are conducting their own probe into Madeleine's disappearance, and who issued an e-fit, above, during a special edition of BBC One's Crimewatch of a man they wanted to speak to in connection with Madeleine's possible kidnapping, did not wish to comment.

Travel operator Mark Warner, which owns the Ocean Club, also declined to comment.

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Wonderfulspam:
31st October 2013

Daily Mirror

Madeleine McCann's fate may never be revealed 'after chief suspect takes secret to his grave'

Portuguese police are said to fear Madeleine was abducted and murdered by a holiday resort worker who then died in a tractor accident

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/madeleine-mccanns-fate-never-revealed-2659257



Madeleine McCann kidnapping suspect 'had received a presidential pardon after theft conviction'

The 40-year-old had been working at the Ocean Club holiday complex in Praia de Luz, where the McCanns were staying when Maddie disappeared

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/madeleine-mccann-chief-suspect-was-2659857


2nd November 2013

Beast snatched Maddie in revenge for five euro theft

MADELEINE McCann may have been kid-napped in a grudge attack over just five euros

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/348633/Beast-snatched-Maddie-in-revenge-for-five-euro-theft

2nd November

Daily Mirror

Madeleine McCann key suspect was heroin addict who burgled holiday flats to get fix

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-suspect-heroin-addict-2666784

Wonderfulspam:
4th November

Daily Mirror

THIS is the first picture of the heroin addict detectives believe may have abducted Madeleine McCann.
Ex-jailbird Euclides Monteiro was sacked from the Portuguese holiday complex where Madeleine was snatched after police warned staff about him.


Madeleine McCann prime suspect pictured: Heroin addict who worked at hotel club

By David Collins

Police are investigating the possibility that he kidnapped Maddie after being disturbed as he broke into her family's apartment

A key suspect in the abduction of Madeleine McCann was fired from the holiday complex where she vanished after police warned staff: "You can't trust this man."

Junkie and ex-jailbird Euclides Monteiro was sacked by the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, Portugal, the year before the blonde three-year-old ­disappeared on May 3, 2007.

Yesterday, as the first picture of the 6ft 2in ex-waiter emerged, detectives were investigating the possibility that he kidnapped Madeleine after being disturbed as he broke into her ­family's ­apartment.

Menteiro, known as Toni, died aged 40 in a tractor accident four years ago.

But phone records have placed him near the flats at the time she vanished. It is believed he may have been raiding guests' rooms to feed his heroin habit.

His picture looks nothing like two e-fit images issued by Scotland Yard – but police stress they are still exploring every line of inquiry.

Nelson Rodrigues, 32, a barman and waiter at the Ocean Club for two years, worked alongside Monteiro in 2006.

He said yesterday: "On the surface he was a nice guy but there was something not right with him.

"He would turn up to work with bleary eyes, sometimes he didn't seem like he was all there.

"And things were going missing about that time – laptops, jewellery, mobile phones, anything that was lying around."

Mr Rodrigues said police were called after Monteiro was accused of stealing tips. He was searched, but nothing was found and he protested his innocence.

Later an officer for Portugal's national guard took the staff to one side and warned them about Monteiro.

Mr Rodrigues recalled: "The officer told us, 'We know him, you can't trust that man'. They said he'd been in trouble in the past for drug offences.

"That's the last time he worked at the Ocean Club. I never saw him again."

Monteiro's close friend Sergio Paulo, 44, a builder from Lagos, said: "Toni was a good guy but he became a slave to heroin. I know he would sometimes break into apartments and rob them."

Monteiro, originally from Cape Verde islands off West Africa, was convicted of theft in 1996 but escaped deportation after a presidential pardon.

He was living in Lagos, a 15-minute drive from Praia da Luz, when Madeleine ­disappeared.

British expat, George Burke, from Liverpool, reported a possible sighting in Lagos.

He said he saw a girl "remarkably like Madeleine" being dragged along a road to Lagos marina at 6am the day after she went missing.

But Monteiro's relatives claim police are just looking for a "scapegoat".

His sister Paula said: "It's ridiculous – the e-fit they released is a white man and my brother was black. He loved kids. He had a son and daughter and would never have harmed a young girl."

Last week it was revealed Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry, are to apply under Portuguese law to become private "prosecutors".

It may help them influence the course of the investigation and any future prosecution.



http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/madeleine-mccann-prime-suspect-pictured-2674021

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Wonderfulspam:
4th November 2013

Daily Star

Maddie suspect 'was not at the resort that night'

THE family of a drug addict thief police are investigating over Madeleine Mccann's disappearance say they want to help detectives get to the truth.

Euclides Monteiro's relatives insist they are ready to work with police so they can clear his name.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/349025/Maddie-suspect-was-not-at-the-resort-that-night


Daily Mirror

Madeleine McCann suspect's family vow to work with Portuguese police to clear his name

Relatives of Euclides Monteiro have hit back after it emerged police believe the 40-year-old, who died in a tractor accident in 2009, may have abducted Madeleine

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-suspects-family-vow-2675829

5th November

Daily Star

Our boy did not snatch Madeleine McCann: Family of junkie suspect speak out


THE family of a suspect in the Madeleine McCann case yesterday said they know that he is innocent.


Detectives in Portugal are convinced junkie Euclides Montiero was involved.

Police say signals from his phone show he was near the McCanns' holiday flat when the three-year-old vanished in 2007.

But his family said the waiter swapped and sold mobiles to escape detection as he mixed with drug dealers.

His sister Paula said he must have passed the phone to someone else before Madeleine disappeared as she "knows" he was nowhere near at the time.

Police are probing if the 6ft 2in dad of two, who died in a tractor accident four years ago aged 40, snatched the youngster from the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz in a twisted act of revenge.

He had been sacked as a waiter there after stealing €5 from a till, and was suspected of raiding rooms to pay for drugs.

But the immigrant from west Africa does not resemble any police e-fits of suspects.


Paula said: "He was always swapping or selling his phones around that time.

"The phone isn't proof he was near Madeleine McCann's apartment. I know he wasn't there."

Monteiro's widow Luisa, who lives in Lagos with their 10-year-old son, was asked "question after question" about her late partner's movements.

She said: "They are trying to make a dead man a scapegoat."

Madeleine's doctor parents Kate and Gerry, both 45, from Rothley, Leics, have declined to comment.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/349147/Our-boy-did-not-snatch-Madeleine-McCann-Family-of-junkie-suspect-speak-out

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