Bungling Portuguese Madeleine McCann cops put out rubbish featureless e-fit in hunt for ‘kidnapper’, new Netflix doc reveals

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BUNGLING Portuguese cops hunting for Maddie McCann showed residents in Praia da Luz an e-fit of a suspect which had no FACE, a new Netflix doc reveals.

Described as an “egg with a side-parting” by one local businessman, the baffling sketch featured a head with no nose, eyes or mouth.

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The Netflix doc reveals that Portuguese police showed locals a featureless sketch of a potential suspect[/caption]

The sensational new doc titled The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, which is available on Netflix on Friday, details the calamitous investigation by police in Portugal.

In the second episode, it is revealed that cops showed the featureless e-fit drawing to locals in a desperate hunt for clues in the first seven days of the case in May, 2007.

Simon Russell, who owned an internet café in the resort town, said: “I smiled when they showed it to me. What else could you do?”

In the first week of three-year-old Maddie’s disappearance, police sources said detectives were hunting a Portuguese-speaking man who had dark hair and a side-parting.

I smiled when they showed it to me. What else could you do?


Local man who was shown the sketch by cops

Another suspect was a man with olive-skin who had a centre parting thought to be from Northern Europe, according to reports at the time.

And while no photofits were released to the media, locals in the resort town were shown the so-called “egg” face drawing.

The doc also highlights the alleged failing of police who were patrolling Portugal’s border with Spain.

News footage, filmed in the first week of the investigation, showed cops sheltering from the rain in their car as vehicles with blacked-out windows passed by them unchecked.

The new documentary features 40 experts and key figures in the case, some of whom argue the child was taken to another foreign country.


Jim Gamble, the top child protection cop in the UK’s first Maddie investigation, says:  “I absolutely believe that in my lifetime we will find out what has happened to Madeleine McCann.

“There’s huge hope to be had with the advances in technology. Year on year DNA is getting better. Year on year other techniques, including facial recognition, are getting better.

“And as we use that technology to revisit and review that which we captured in the past, there’s every likelihood that something we already know will slip into position.”

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The documentary explains how Portugal is also the perfect location for child traffickers because it’s a well-placed gateway allowing abducted children to be instantly taken overseas
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The documentary explores the disappearance of Maddie – who vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in 2007[/caption]

Maddie was left sleeping as parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, dined in a restaurant within the Ocean Club resort where they were staying
Maddie was left sleeping as parents Gerry and Kate McCann dined in a restaurant within the Ocean Club resort where they were staying

The artist's impression of the abduction
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The artist’s impression of her possible abductor[/caption]

The abduction line of enquiry wasn’t prioritised by Portuguese cops - who instead devoted their time to trying to pin the blame on Gerry and Kate
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The abduction line of enquiry wasn’t prioritised by Portuguese cops – who instead devoted their time to trying to pin the blame on Gerry and Kate[/caption]

A top child protection cop insists the 12-year mystery of missing Madeleine McCann will be solved.
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A top child protection cop insists the 12-year mystery of missing Madeleine McCann will be solved.[/caption]

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