Madeleine McCann: suspect's home searched
Last Updated: 2:07pm BST 04/08/2007
Police in Portugal investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have
begun another search at the home of the only official suspect in the case.
The new search could last four days.
Up to 10 police officers, including two British detectives, starting searching the
land surrounding the house of Robert Murat at about 7am today, his spokesman
Tuck Price said.
They are clearing undergrowth and cutting down trees on the property in Praia da
Luz, just yards from where the little girl was snatched from her family's holiday
apartment more than three months ago.
The area is said to be thick with vegetation and the officers are using rakes and
hedge trimmers to clear the area.
Mr Murat is not at home, and the search is expected to last up to four days.
The latest search in Portugal comes as police in Belgium investigate a possible
sighting of the four-year-old there.
A customer at a restaurant in the Flemish town of Tongeren, not far from the
Dutch border, said she was "100% sure" she had seen the youngster.
She said the girl was with a couple, a Dutch man and an English-speaking
woman, who were acting strangely and not like "normal parents".
A police spokeswoman said they were treating the report "seriously" and are
looking for DNA on a drinks bottle used by the girl.
They have also issued an identikit drawing of the man based on the description
given by the "trusted witness".
Today's search of Casa Liliana, the villa in which Mr Murat lives with his mother,
Jenny, is not the first time the property has come under scrutiny.
Mr Murat, 33, was thrown into the spotlight 11 days after the four-year-old from
Rothley, Leicestershire, was snatched from her bed in the Algarve village.
Then officers from Portugal's investigative Policia Judiciaria searched the house
extensively, which is just a short walk from the apartment where the McCanns
were staying at the time of the abduction.
Several items were taken away for analysis while Mr Murat's girlfriend Michaela
Walczuch and her estranged Portuguese husband Luis Antonio were also
interviewed as witnesses.
Mr Murat was named as an official suspect, but was never formally arrested.
In July he was re-interviewed by police investigating the youngster's
I hope people dont forget about little Madeleine - she WILL be found