The private detective, employed directly by the McCann’s, flew out of the UK yesterday in search of a suspect described as “ugly and spotty” who he believes might be involved in the abduction of Madeleine McCann, just over 2 years ago.
Dave Edgar, a former officer of the RUC, is travelling across Europe and is convinced the McCann’s daughter is still alive and was abducted by someone who “wanted a child to love.”
According to a report in The Daily Star today, the Private Detective is acting on information received from the public following the recent reconstruction broadcast on C4 documentary of the alleged kidnapping.
The programme showed a computer-generated image of how Madeleine may look now, aged six and a constructed line drawing of a pock-marked man, as the most recent suspect. The suspect (He) was seen by four witnesses, acting suspiciously outside their apartment prior to the abduction. One woman provided investigators with her visual recollection of the man, they unearthed her testimony in a massive 17 volumes of police files which had been archived as “unsolved.”
The recent image of the suspect, which was released to coincide with the Channel 4 reconstruction and designed to re-energise the search for Madeleine, prompted 300 phone calls and at least five or six possible names for the suspect.
The McCann family’s spokesman, Clarence Mitchell said last night: "Mr Edgar was following a “potentially vital” new lead."
He said: “For operational purposes I cannot say where Mr Edgar and his team are exactly, but they are following up a very encouraging lead.”
Mr Edgar believes the McCann’s daughter might have been taken to peasant villages near to the resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal where she was taken.