More than 10 boats left before maritime police were warned. Cops later said in Portuguese they were seeking a cms 5ft 7ins man but muddled the conversion and said in English he was 5ft 10ins tall. At one stage police were showing six different E-fit images to local people and one artist's impression was a simple outline said to be "like an egg with hair on.
Kate was seen clutching it 24 hours later at a press conference and has since washed it as it was dirty and covered in suntan lotion. The most minute drop of sweat or a single skin cell could have revealed the DNA of Madeleine's kidnapper. Instead just police took part in the first searches and they were poorly organised and random.
But they did not get the information until almost 48 hours later - and a day AFTER many potential witnesses had returned home at the end of their holidays. Staff were only quizzed 60 hours later. Police seek advice from psychologists to carefully word any plea.
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But it was Madeleine's parents Gerry and Kate who made the public appeal themselves. There was not even a Portuguese police officer at the couple's press conference. But they could not check if it was from a known paedophile as Portugal does not have a computerised DNA database of perverts. People were allowed to walk on the flat's front porch 24 hours after Maddie disappeared. There were no fingertip searches and police sniffer dogs were not brought in until large crowds had gathered in the area, confusing any valuable scent.
Mark Williams- Thomas, a highly experienced former British detective who travelled to the resort, called it "the worst preserved crime scene I have ever seen". The original searches did not find the blood in Madeleine's bedroom and her parents' room. Specialist sniffer dogs and ultra-violet lights were not used. Staggeringly, police gave the go-ahead for the flat to be occupied again although enquiries were continuing.
But officers repeatedly refused to issue a description and it was left to her parents to give details an astonishing four days later. When they found names and four-digit numbers on a spreadsheet they were convinced they had unearthed "encrypted codes for a paedophile ring. But the list was simply a family tree giving the names and birth dates of the estate agent's relatives. They did not clear bushes and shrubs - British officers later ordered gardeners to hack away the undergrowth. They then made a thorough search and inserted probes into the ground to seek any trace of human remains.
They hacked at the concrete-hard ground with picks until it dawned on them that the area had not been disturbed in years. The vehicle had a child seat in the back but no child. Car rental staff alerted police, whose interest was fired when they found the customers were James and Charlotte Gorrod - who had been on holiday in Praia da Luz and knew friends of the McCanns. But the innocent couple were never questioned. The hire firm had failed to notice the Gorrods had their two-year-old son with them all along.
But police leaked word of a "new lead" to Portuguese reporters.
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Two weeks after Maddie vanished a local medium claimed she had "zoned-in" on map co-ordinates pinpointing a well in which Maddie was being hidden. She said the little girl was still alive.
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