A truthful person's language will usually remain consistent.
Deceptive people will sometimes use synonyms because they are making up a portion of their story they cannot relate to and consequently do not always follow their personal dictionary.
The use of present tense is an indication this part of the story may not be coming from memory.
What happened to Maddie in quiet seaside town?
Yet packed up in that troubling, overarching question, which has puzzled police forces from Portugal and the United Kingdom for over a decade, is a perplexing and sometimes disturbing chain of wider, unresolved concerns.
The Maddie podcast is the culmination of two years' of painstaking work, investigating how Madeleine, a small three-year-old British girl, vanished in Portugal in such unusual circumstances in May 2007.While researching and making Maddie, a project which has included many interviews of key people in seven countries spread across three continents, some have asked, why now?
The simple answer to that is Madeleine is still missing. And there are lingering questions which appear to have never been adequately answered with a reasonable sense of finality.
This case is so complex it requires a probing, multi-episode podcast to properly examine what could have happened to her, and scrutinise all the unexpected avenues that search opens up.
To make sense of the evidence, test theories and understand crime scenes, many experts and people close to the case agreed to be interviewed. Former police officers and a criminal profiler, a DNA scientist and crime scene pathologist, experts in cell phone data and deception, private detectives who worked for the McCanns and reporters who covered this story all appear on Maddie.
When it comes down to it, there are really three likely scenarios when you consider what happened to Madeleine in the small coastal town of Praia da Luz, on Portugal's Algarve.
One: A paedophile or child trafficker somehow broke into the holiday apartment where the McCanns were staying and abducted Maddie.
Two: A thief broke into the McCann’s apartment 5A, bungled the robbery, and stole Maddie from the bedroom where she slept alongside her younger brother and sister, Sean and Amelie.
Three: Something else happened to Madeleine involving someone known to the family, and there has been an elaborate cover-up that has somehow lasted for more than a decade.
As one former long-serving police officer said in his Maddie interview, this is a case which can strongly divide opinions around a family dinner table.
Since 2007, her mum and dad Kate and Gerry have steadfastly denied they were involved in any crime which occurred inside apartment 5A of the Ocean Club Resort.
The involvement of the parents, that was dealt with at the time by the original investigation by the Portuguese. We had a look at all the material and we are happy that was all dealt with and there is no reason whatsoever to reopen that or start rumours that was a line of investigation.
The McCanns are parents of a missing girl, Rowley said... However she left that apartment, she has been abducted.
Madeleine McCann is the one case everybody knows about, a case where there is hardened public opinion,
If you go into any pub, club, cinema or public place and ask someone what they think about the Madeleine McCann case and they will probably have an opinion. Some of those opinions are extreme, at both ends of the spectrum.
I have got no problem with Operation Grange continuing ... if it is doing the right things and going in the right direction.
Retired London Metropolitan Police detective Colin Sutton said the apparent complicated nature of the May 3 timelines given to police by Kate and Gerry McCann and their friends, known as the Tapas 7, could potentially have been clarified and ironed out by running the group through a rigorous reconstruction of key movements and events.
The accounts and timings and various statements that were taken immediately after Madeleine was reported missing, and the statements that have subsequently been taken, there is a degree of variation between what individuals say and also what the whole groupsays Sutton, who solved more than 30 murders - including the catching of violent English serial killer Levi Bellfield - said in Maddie. Colin Sutton is a retired Metropolitan Police detective who caught serial killer Levi Bellfield.
I think this is the sort of [police] work that really needs to be done and should have been done. If [a reconstruction] were done then we would have a much clearer, more solid picture of the timeline of what went on. It would be easier to make a judgement about when an abduction could have taken place, and possibly even how it could have taken place.
I think actually that is probably the reason the [Portuguese police] wanted to stage a reconstruction.
Murray continued, adding the British ambassador to Portugal and his staff were concerned by contradictions in the McCann’s story.I have direct information that more than one of those diplomatic staff found the McCanns less than convincing and their stories inconsistent. Embassy staff were perturbed to be ordered that British authorities were to be present at every contact between the McCanns and Portuguese police.
The Embassy warned, in writing, that being perceived as too close to the McCanns might not prove wise. They demanded the instruction from London be reconfirmed. It was.
The fact that the government and diplomats and civil servants got involved at all in such an early stage of the investigation in Portugal is remarkable and unusual. And I don't think any of us is really sure why that would happen. There's a theory that the government of the day saw it as an opportunity to do something that would capture the public imagination and it would make them look good, [that] it was a good thing for the politicians to get behind. In some ways I hope that the answer is that simple.
According to a Portuguese police report, Eddie and Keela alerted a total of 13 times during the search, including inside the McCann holiday apartment; a rental car they had hired three weeks after Maddie disappeared; and some personal items belonging to the family.
A well-trained [cadaver dog] team, and I'm talking about a well-trained team, I would consider them probably between 90 and 95 percent reliable
If you have specific locations and you work the dog in that area you should be able to detect whether the body was there.
Mick Swindells, a former English police inspector and dog handler who served in the Lancashire police force for 30 years, said corroborating evidence, such as DNA or a confession, will reinforce an alert and help it to be introduced as possible evidence in a trial."[Cadaver dogs] are a useful tool for any investigator, and we always say that any investigation must be multi-disciplinary". Swindells said cadaver dogs can make mistakes when hunting for "the scent of death". In Maddie, Swindells said an alert that cadaver dog Eddie had made on Madeleine's favourite soft toy, Cuddle Cat, appeared unusual and was "bullshit".
One of the world's leading DNA scientists – whose lab helped identify victims of the 9/11 terror attack - has told Nine.com.au he believes he can answer a major forensic question that baffled investigators and could finally help solve what happened to missing girl Madeleine McCann, more than 11 years after she mysteriously vanished.
Portuguese police sent DNA samples to the FSS for testing after two specialist sniffer dogs trained to detect the scent of death and human blood alerted in the McCann's holiday apartment and a rental car hired three weeks after Maddie vanished. The FSS analysed the samples but struggled to untangle and decipher the potentially explosive evidence.
If a lab can produce informative data, even if it is complex and mixed, but they can't interpret it then you can have tremendous injustice - of guilty people not being convicted, or innocent people staying in prison. What is needed is an objective and accurate interpretation that can scientifically resolve the DNA.
Let's look at the question that is being asked, Dr Lowe about that particular sample.
Is there DNA from Madeline (sic) on the swab?
It would be very easy to say, 'Yes' simply because of the number of [DNA] components within the result that are also in her reference sample, continued Dr Lowe.
The presence of Madeleine's DNA in the boot of the car would have possibly indicated her body had somehow been in the luggage compartment of the Renault Scenic. DNA samples are easy to solve when the sample contains just one person's DNA and the size of the sample for scientists to test is large. But testing becomes much more difficult when the sample is tiny; that is infinitely more complicated when there is DNA from two, three, four or more people in the sample.
What was interesting about the report from the FSS 10 years ago is they're trying to interpret [the McCann DNA] data, Dr Perlin said, the approach [the FSS would] like to take for a match statistic makes sense, but the way they are going about it is just very old fashioned and it doesn't work - certainly compared with modern methods.
[If] a lab can produce informative data, even if it is complex and mixed, but they can't interpret it then you can have tremendous injustice; of guilty people not being convicted, of innocent people staying in prison. What is needed is an objective and accurate interpretation that can scientifically resolve the DNA.
TrueAllele has been used successfully in the UK and elsewhere around the world to solve problems just like this, and if [the London Metropolitan Police] want to know the answer it won't cost them anything. Just send us the data and we will give them the answer.
It would be a great way to resolve the case using modern technology and get a definitive answer to at least this one question that had perplexed the FSS ten years ago.
[Cybergenetics] was able to separate those mixtures make a comparison and reach sound scientific conclusions.