Day 2596: 11 June 2014 Wednesday, Madeleine Beth McCann
11 June, 2014 - Statement from Gerry and Kate
We are very pleased that significant activity has taken place in Praia da Luz over the last 8 days with police officers and support teams from the
working closely with the Policia Judicial and the Guarda Nacional Republicana. UK
We are further encouraged that, despite the intensive searches, no trace of Madeleine has been found and this reinforces our belief that she could still be alive.
As parents of a missing child, we have always wanted all reasonable lines of enquiry to be followed and it is gratifying to know that a substantial amount of work will take place over the coming months with close cooperation of the British and Portuguese authorities.
We would like to thank all those involved for their efforts and the members of the public who have come forward with information.
Gerry and Kate
11 June, 2014 - Update from Operation Grange
Operation Grange officers working alongside experts in their field from around the
the Policia Judicial and the Guarda Nacional Republicana today, Wednesday 11
June completed an eight day period of work searching specific areas of land in
Praia da Luz. UK
At this time no evidence relating to Madeleine McCann has been identified. However it has given us an essential understanding of the activity on and people that have used this piece of land.
This was the first phase of this major investigation which has been agreed with the Portuguese following the four International Letters of Request submitted to date. More activity has been agreed and we expect that to commence shortly. In addition further requests are being compiled and will be submitted in due course.
The decision to search the “horse shoe” shaped piece of waste ground to the west of Praia da Luz and other sites was as a specific result of the
investigation work to date. UK
The total area of land searched and surveyed was of approximately 60,000 sq metres and included all utilities, drainage channels and derelict buildings. 41 ground anomalies were identified initially by both aerial survey and ground analysis which were then investigated fully. These included three outside of the original area.
This deployment which was the largest ever undertaken by
overseas in a case of this type, highlighted the effective nature of the
assistance given by the Portuguese authorities, for which the investigation
team and family are very grateful. UK
The media’s understanding and co-operation following Assistant Commissioner Rowley’s pre deployment briefing has also been noted and appreciated.
There is still a substantial amount of work yet to be completed in the coming weeks and months, which again should be viewed as no more than normal operational activity in a case of this size and complexity. This recent work is part of ensuring that all lines of enquiry are progressed in a systematic manner and covers just the one hypothesis that she was killed and buried locally. This is the same as would be done in the
for a murder or high risk
missing person enquiry. The scientific support staff involved were there to
provide the highest level of assurance that this area was searched to the
highest possible standards. UK