Cahier des Charges
The investigative review is intended to collate, record and analyse what has gone before.
It is to examine the case and seek to determine, (as if the abduction occurred in the UK) what additional, new investigative approaches we would take and which can assist the Portuguese authorities in progressing the matter. Whilst ordinarily a review has no investigative remit whatsoever- the scale and extent of this enquiry cannot permit for such an approach. It will take too long to progress to any “action stage” if activity is given wholly and solely to a review process.
The work will be overseen through theGold Group management structure, which will also manage the central relationships with other key stakeholders and provide continuing oversight and direction to the investigative remit.
Metropolitan Police Service
Disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
3rd May 2007
For the information of all UK law enforcement agencies.
L'autorité dans l'affaire MC appartenant au Ministère public, il est de bon aloi d'aborder cette affaire selon des conclusions que OG n'est pas parvenu à modifier. Dans certaines affaires la nature du crime est connue, même si l'auteur ne l'est pas. La question cruciale dans l'affaire MC est précisément l'indétermination qui pèse sur la nature du crime.
(1) The investigation, during more than 13 months, followed all the credible indices related to different hypotheses and, in an impartial manner, continued to analyse, correlate and synthesize them, looking for an explanation for the happenings of the night of 3 May 2007. Assuming that the minor's disappearance was due to the acts of third parties, the PJ explored various lines of investigation, not excluding any hypothesis considered plausible or hypothetically acceptable. From the documentation, you will observe that during the investigation various possibilities were contemplated.
As such, consider:
1. abduction, for sexual exploration or other (e.g, later adoption, child trafficking, organ trafficking), without homicide;
2. abduction, followed by homicide with (or without) hiding of the corpse;
3. accidental death, with later hiding of the corpse.