domingo, julio 12, 2020

The abduction of Madeleine McCann: Persons of interest

Professional journalists (as well as amateur journalists like myself) do not have all the information about the crime of Madeleine McCann to draw a clear picture.
 
 
Photo: Christian B's VW Westafalia van.
 
For example, there are three persons of great interest for the investigation, related to Christian B. that could not be contacted by journalists til now. I am referring to Bernhard, Nicole, and Roman.
 
By the time Madeleine was abducted Nicole was living in a house at Foral, and her boyfriend was Roman. She was running a rehabilitation programme for troubled teenagers from Germany. But according to Nicole neighbours, Christian B was living there too, and using the VW Westfalia van published by the German pólice. But the same neighbours said that Nicole had left Roman, and became Christian's girlfriend, and surpisingly, Roman continued at the house.
 
On the other hand, Bernhard was considered the best friend of Christian B by the time. He was the owner of a breaker's yard, a few km from Foral, the same yard where police recovered the VW Westfalia van used by Christian.
 
I knew Nicole and Bernhard were quizzed by German police, and maybe Roman was quizzed too, but we do not know what they said. Now the Olive Press informed that "Nicole was [Christian B's] partner in crime". And Bernhard? And Roman?
 
Vital information is also contained in the five files with mobile phone records, from the three Praia da Luz antennas, for the days 2, 3 and 4, May 2007. I now know that the call between the mobile phone numbers 912730680 and 916510683 on May 3, given by the police, is recorded in one of these files.
 
But maybe not only the journalists do not know relevant information from the case: the three main police forces involved, Polícia Judiciária (PJ), Scotland Yard (SY) and Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), seems to be investigating independently, not sharing all the data between them. There is not a Joint Investigation Team. Were PJ searching wells in Boca do Rio beach, Vila do Bispo,  in conjunction with BKA or SY, or were they searching by themselves?