77 to 79 Witness statement
of Dianne Webster 2007.05.04
TRANSLATED BY ANNA/ALBYM
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interview begins at 8.45pm on May 4th 2007. Since the
informant has no command of Portuguese in spoken or written
form, an interpreter was called for: Natalia C.
On the matter in hand, we note that:
The informant is interviewed as a witness, She is part of a
group who travelled to Portugal with the parents of the
minor, Madeleine. She is FIONA's mother. She had accompanied
her, her husband and her two small children. She has known
the parents of the missing child, Kate and Gerald, for
around four years, through her daughter. They have since
She states that the McCann couple have three children, twins
aged two and Madeleine, nearly four years. She thinks the
idea of coming to Portugal came from her daughter. She
believes her daughter knows Portugal.
The informant arrived in Portugal on April 28th at around
12.20/12.30 from Leicestershire to Faro and then to Praia da
Luz. From Faro to the Ocean Club they they used the
airport's shuttle service. After checking in, she was placed
in apartment G5H with her family. (Her daughter, her
son-in-law and their two small children)
Concerning the usual routines, the informant states that she
only spent part of each afternoon with her family and that
not always. Sometimes she read, she went shopping or did
As for the mornings, she only had breakfast one day with her
family, Wednesday, because it was raining.
the other days, she spent the mornings playing tennis.
Concerning the day yesterday, she went to the beach with the
children, her son-in-law and her daughter. They arrived
there at around 3.45pm and left at around 6.15pm to go to
the tennis courts where she stayed until 7pm. The informant
then went to the apartment with the small children and ten
minutes later, her son-in-law, David, joined them. With her
son-in-law's help, they bathed the children.
They left the apartment at around 8.45 and accompanied by
her son-in-law and her daughter, they went to join the rest
of the group at the "TAPAS" restaurant. The McCann couple
were amongst the other friends at dinner. To our question,
the informant told us that given that her daughter had an
intercom allowing them to hear if the children were shouting
or crying, no one went to check on the spot. However, she
reported that Kate and Gerald as well as other couples went
a few times, on a regular basis, to make sure their children
of these checks, Kate came back, frightened and nervous,
even in panic, saying that Madeleine had disappeared,
screaming, greatly alarmed [panic-stricken; terrified].
They immediately organised search parties, in the apartment,
thinking that she could be hiding in there, then outside. In
spite of help from the Ocean Club's employees, the searches
The informant does not know Madeleine well, because she
lives a long way from the McCanns, and she cannot say very
much about Madeleine's personality.
Nevertheless, she reports that Madeleine was calm but active
and energetic, with good manners. She was an attractive and
a good child.
During this holiday, she has noticed nothing unusual or
which could be linked to the investigation.
She has no other details to add. After reading with the
interpreter, who explains to her, she goes on and signs.
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