The mystery of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance will never be solved, says a leading crime investigator.
Ex-detective Mark Williams-Thomas, 49, inset, has worked on major missing persons cases.
He says the fact that a single CCTV camera was out of order the night Maddie disappeared means that we will never know what
happened to the three-year-old.
Gerry and Kate McCann last saw their daughter in bed on holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007.
Last year, a Netflix series was released which documented the investigation.
A sum of more than £1.85million was donated by the public and celebrities such as Simon Cowell and Coleen Rooney. It helped to fund a private investigator until Scotland Yard launched its own Operation Grange in 2011.
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In his new book Hunting Killers, Mark says: “The abduction of Madeleine McCann is one I’d put into the unsolvable category.
“I believe Madeleine was the victim of an opportunistic criminal whose act was random – she wandered out of the apartment and into the path of this person.
“The case hasn’t been solved simply because a crucial CCTV camera was turned off, meaning that whoever took Madeleine was not identifiable at the scene.”
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Referring to Maddie’s parents and siblings, he added: “I’d love to think there could be an end to the case; either Madeleine is returned to Gerry, Kate, Sean and Amelie, or there is some kind of resolution in terms of somebody being convicted for the offence.”
Many people still hope Maddie will be found, but crime statistics show that is very unlikely.
Mark said: “The sad reality is, this far on, the likelihood of Madeleine being alive now is
“Unfortunately, in almost every case of stranger child abduction, within the space of 24 hours the child is dead.”
- Madeleine Mccann
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