Spanish private eyes confident Maddie in Morocco

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2 November 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - The Spanish private detective agency hired by the parents of missing British toddler Madeleine McCann believes she was abducted and taken to Morocco, its director said. The managing director of Barcelona-based Metodo 3, Francisco Marco, told daily newspaper La Vanguardia he was confident that his agency would find Madeleine, who went missing in southern Portugal, and said her parents were not involved in her disappearance.

2 November 2007

MADRID - (AFP) - The Spanish private detective agency hired by the parents of missing British toddler Madeleine McCann believes she was abducted and taken to Morocco, its director said.
 
The managing director of Barcelona-based Metodo 3, Francisco Marco, told daily newspaper La Vanguardia he was confident that his agency would find Madeleine, who went missing in southern Portugal, and said her parents were not involved in her disappearance.

"A blond girl like Madeleine is a symbol of social status in Morocco. That is the way it is and I can't tell you more," he said.

Marco, 35, said he had already traveled to Morocco since being hired by Kate and Gerry McCann to pursue a lead that proved to be false.

"I bought some dolls at the airport for Madeleine. Unfortunately the lead was false. But I have kept those dolls in my house and will bring them in my suitcase on the day that I find Madeleine," he said.

The agency has 40 people working on the case in Spain and Morocco and has told the girl's parents that they expect to find her within six months, he said.

Metodo 3 focuses on cases of business fraud but also locates about 300 missing people each year, he added.

Last week the agency began operating a 24-hour hotline to gather information about the missing girl from callers in Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

Madeleine vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in southern Portugal on May 3, a few days before her fourth birthday, while her parents dined nearby with friends.

Kate and Gerry, who are both doctors, returned to England in the beginning of September after being named as official suspects in the case by Portuguese police. They have not been charged.

"Our technicians interviewed the McCanns for 10 hours, enough time to detect if they were deceiving us. My specialists assured me that they are not hiding anything, this is why we decided to help them," said Marco.

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