A former Portuguese police chief said he would be “disappointed” if a woman claiming to be Madeleine McCann turns out to be the missing girl, reports The Mirror.
Vitor Paiva made the comments on national TV before attacking German prosecutor Hans-Christian Wolters over the way he was conducting the investigation.
Julia Faustyna, 21, from Poland, has said she was approached by the McCanns for a DNA test despite their apparent two-year age difference after claiming on social media that she and Madeleine were the same person.
Mr. Paiva, who heads the judicial police in Setubal, south of Lisbon and is believed to have never taken an active part in the hunt for Madeleine, asked police to “clarify the situation” by having her undergo a DNA test and seeking medical attention, urged to do it turns out that her claims are false.
Mr Paiva, now a regular TV commentator, also made it clear that he was very skeptical about Julia’s claims, noting that he thought the police would have already contacted her if they believed she was telling the truth.
But although he described his story as “far-fetched”, especially since Madeleine would now be 19 and not 21, he also argued that May 3 was too late for “millions already spent on investigating”. After that a quick DNA test was the obvious way forward. The 2007 disappearance of a young British girl and “the numerous private detectives hired by Gerry and Kate McCann,” reports The Mirror.
Last fall Brooker was accused of a number of sex crimes against women and children in the Algarve, including the rape of an Irish representative in 2004 and the sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl on a beach near Praia da Luz in 2007.
Mr Wolters insists he believes the authorities have the right man in Bruckner, thus despite growing concern over incompetence due to Madeleine’s disappearance and growing fears he may never go to trial.
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