Madeleine McCann: Household ‘walked PAST abductor night of disappearance’

A FAMILY walked straight past Madeleine McCann’s abductor the night she disappeared, a crime expert investigating the case has claimed.

Criminal profiler Pat Brown believes a mystery man spotted with a small motionless girl in his arms was actually carrying Maddie. 

He was seen by the Irish Smith family at around 10pm on May 3, 2007, the night Maddie disappeared in Praia da Luz, Portugal. 

The Smiths saw a man carrying a girl down a dark street around 150 metres from the beach. 

The same night, Jane Tanner – a friend of the McCanns – also saw a man carrying a child in pink and white pyjamas 45 minutes before. 

Speaking today on a 9News podcast about the investigation called Maddie, he said: “This is the number one issue about the whole case, and I’ve stuck by this for years, and I stand by it today.”

Brown added: “What makes the Smith sighting very interesting is that Jane Tanner is a friend, and the Smith sighting is a bunch of people that have no clue who the McCanns are. These are not their friends. 

“I believe the Smith sighting occurred. I believe they saw a man carrying a little girl down that road, which is towards the beach.”

Jane was on her way to check on her kids at 9.15pm when she saw the man near the apartment of Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry. 

Speaking today on a 9News podcast about the investigation called Maddie, he said: “This is the number one issue about the whole case, and I’ve stuck by this for years, and I stand by it today.”

“I believe they saw a man carrying a little girl down that road, which is towards the beach”

Criminal profiler Pat Brown

GP Julian Totman was carrying his daughter the same night and told Portuguese police about his movements, but they continued the investigation in a 2011 statement.

Cops spent four years probing her sighting until Scotland Yard took over the investigation. 

Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, who led the probe from Britain, described a “moment of revelation” when they became “almost certain this sighting [Tannerman] is not the abductor” in a 2011 statement. 

After this the Met went on the hunt for the so-called “Smithman” spotted by the Irish family. 

Madeline, who was then aged three, vanished from an apartment while her parents were eating tapas with friends at a restaurant nearby.

Operation Grange, launched in May 2011, has been one of the longest, most high-profile and costly police investigations in history. 

Officers have sifted and translated 40,000 documents produced by Portuguese police who conducted the initial investigation, and by the eight teams of private detectives who have worked on the case.

In March extra cash was granted in the search for Maddie so the Metropolitan Police can continue their 11-year hunt for the missing girl.

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