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Traces of blood discovered in the bedroom where Madeleine McCann was sleeping on the night that she disappeared do not come from the missing girl, The Times has learnt.
The conclusion that the blood came from a man follows two weeks of reports that the traces proved that Madeleine had been killed in the Algarve holiday apartment.
Detectives had already suspected that the blood came from a man who had injured himself while staying at the two-bedroom apartment after Madeleine disappeared. This explains why the blood was not discovered when Portuguese police examined the apartment in the first weeks of the investigation. The ground-floor apartment in the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz was cordoned off by police for five weeks after Madeleine’s disappearance before being handed back to its British owners.
But it is reported today that prosecutors have confirmed that, following a DNA test, the girl was not Madeleine, but Sjanneke, the four-year-old daughter of a Belgian man from the town of Hoogstraten.
Madeleine went missing on a family holiday to Portugal on May 3, since when there have been a number of possible sightings from Morocco to Argentina.
The mother of Madeleine McCann is being questioned by police this afternoon after a dramatic breakthrough in the hunt for the missing girl.
Kate McCann attended Portimao police station in the Algarve accompanied by her lawyer, Carlos Pinto de Abreu, who drove from Lisbon to be present. Her husband, Gerry, will be interviewed at the same place tomorrow.
• Claims that investigators found the DNA of a potential suspect in the room where Madeleine disappeared
• McCanns have applied to be 'assistants' in the case so they can have more information
• Portuguese newspaper reports the 'scent of a death' found on Cuddle Cat and Kate McCann's clothes
Originally posted by asala
Kate McCann is set to be declared a suspect today, After a night being questioned she has been made aware that she will become a suspect,
Originally posted by justyc
to be fair to her, she is to be named a suspect for legal reasons in that she cannot be asked certain questions if she has witness status, and also because a suspect has certain rights under the law whereas a witness doesn't.
The forensic breakthrough in the case follows exhaustive tests of material at British laboratories in Birmingham.
The tests centre on new DNA evidence that could have come from a number of sources.
They include the flat where Madeleine disappeared, cars used by the McCanns and their friends - as well as the flat and cars of Robert Murat, the first arguido in the case.
Originally posted by justyc
some of us like to still hold on to the principle of being innocent until PROVEN guilty
but calling for them to be strung up for murdering their child at this point based on media coverage of the latest update .... well, why do we even bother having investigations and courts.