Madeleine McCann may have died in the Portuguese holiday apartment she was sleeping in, according to a new claim by a Portuguese crime expert.
Criminal investigator Moita Flores, who was once attached to the Policia Judiciaria involved in the search for Maddie, attempted to dampen the theory that Maddie was abducted from the apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve. He told Portuguese website Flash! it would have been ‘impossible to get through a window with a child’.
He said he had ‘no doubt’ that Kate and Gerry McCann’s daughter died in the apartment.
Maddie, then three-years-old, disappeared on May 3 2007 while her parents ate at a tapas bar in the resort just 55 metres away.
On holiday with her parents and her two-year-old twin siblings, she and the twins had been left asleep at 8:30pm in a ground-floor apartment.
The McCann’s checked on the children throughout the evening, until discovering Maddie was missing around 10:00pm.
Flore’s comment comes as police hunt for an Algarve resort worker they believe has clues about her disappearance. Detectives believe the worker ‘kept secrets’ from them in the initial investigation almost ten years ago.
Last month, investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas told This Morning that he believed Maddie woke up in the middle of the night and went to look for her parents, leaving the apartment through an ‘insecure’ back door.
The search for Maddie has since been extended for an additional six months as police have been given an extra £85,000 to continue their investigation.