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statement of Paulo Jorge Fernandes Neto 2007.05.16
05-Processos Vol V
TRANSLATION BY INES
Paolo Jorge Fernandes Neto
He has been a GNR officer since
On the night of 4th May at 01.00
after having begun duty at his post,
he first heard, from the Patrol
Commander, Officer Casimiro, that a
girl had disappeared and that he to
go and join his colleagues who were
At about 01.05-01.20 they arrived
at the site. They went to Sergeant
Duarte, Commander of the Lagos GNR
division, who was on the corner
pavement between Rua Agostinho da
Silva and Rua Francisco Gentil
Martins, where they were informed
about the disappearance of a little
girl from an apartment at the OC
Afterwards they received a
photograph of Madeleine McCann and
received orders to search the whole
of the Rua da Ramalhete and the
access points to Quinta da Bela
They did not enter the apartment
zone nor the parking area opposite.
The patrol he was a member of did
not contact anyone, nor were they
approached by anyone.
He saw many people, mainly British,
who were helping with the searching.
At about 02.15-02.30 and after
having helped his colleagues from
the PJ who had arrived at the site,
they contacted the Commander again
and were told to search the area
surrounding the resort.
During this search they were
approached by two people, one, a
Portuguese individual who worked at
the Mirage Complex, who asked if
they knew anything yet, and by a
female who was with the individual
and who participated in the
They were in the area until about
09.00 searching in coordination with
GNR team members, at which time they
were relieved by other officers who
came on duty.
He remembers that he saw the McCann
couple at about 07.00 alone in the
street next to the site where they
He did not enter the apartment where
the disappearance took place.
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