Friday, 2 November 2007

Missing children in Portugal: eight cases still open in the last 14 years

Polícia Judiciária has only eight cases of missing children still open, in the last 14 years – and one of those cases is Madeleine McCann. Carlos Anjos, president of PJ detectives union, told Diário de Notícias that “time is not the main reason to disregard the possibility of a kidnapping, but it confirms the main line of investigation.”

Moita Flores, a former PJ Chief Inspector, agrees: “Is it was a kidnapping, there will be some clear evidence. And police would have that evidence. A kidnapping is always something that is done in a hurry, leaving some evidence. If, after six months, the possibility of a kidnapping – even without finding the child – is not considered, it's because we are facing an homicide.” Six months, for Carlos Anjos, “is not too much time, because we are waiting for the results from Birmingham since more than three months.”