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It was released to the public on 4 August 2008 in accordance with Portuguese Law


244 to 247 Witness statement of Sarah Elizabeth Williamson 2007.05.06
248 Copy of Sarah Elizabeth Wiliamsons' passport
2-Processos Volume II Pages 244 to 247



Sarah Elizabeth Williamson

Occupation: Childcare Worker

Place of Work: OC

Time/Date: 17H30 2007/05/06

British Citizen from Lancaster

Interpreter: Filipa Maria da Conceicao Silva

She comes to the process as a witness. She is helped by an interpreter as she does not speak Portuguese. She has been in Portugal since 28th April when she began work at the OC where she is a childcare worker, her contract was signed in London. The witness clarifies that during the period between 29th April and 4th May she carried out her functions with a group of children staying at the resort aged between 2 and 3 years old called the Toddlers 2 group.

The witness says that Toddlers 2 is subdivided into three sub groups and each of these is under the responsibility of a child care worker, she is responsible for one of the sub groups.

With relation to the facts being investigated she says that she had various contacts with the girl Madeleine McCann, but says these were formal contacts and very brief, her twin siblings were part of the group she worked with last week. But she says that it was her colleague Shinead who looked after the twins during the current week.

When asked she says that Madeleine belonged to the Mini Club group and clarifies that this group was for children aged between 3 and 5 years old.

When questioned, she says that the crèche was supervised by her colleague Lindsay and that the Mini Club is supervised by Amy who also coordinates the nannies, whose names are Cat and Emma, they are employees at the service of the group between 29th April and 4th May.

When questioned, the witness says that Madeleine was accompanied by her parents, who were using an apartment at the resort.

On 3rd May at about 22.30 after having left the apartment where she was living, near to the resort, together with two of her colleagues, Leanne and Kirsty, she met her colleague Amy. She was informed by Amy that Madeleine had disappeared and that she was trying to look for her. For this reason, the witness together with her colleagues joined in the search.

In the search carried out with her colleagues from the OC other individuals (tourists, locals, property owners) also participated.

Later, she cannot say exactly at what time but thinks it was about midnight she noticed officers from the public authorities (police) at the scene taking the appropriate measures for this kind of situation.

When asked, she says that the searches undertaken by OC employees finished at around 04.00 on 4th May with negative results.

When asked, she says that she did not have direct contact with Madeleine as she was responsible for the twins' group during that week, and she has no knowledge of the girl's or the parents' habits and no strange situation about the girl in question was reported to her during the time she was working in Portugal.

She says that the twins were generally left at the creche at 09.00 and that the parents dropped them off before leaving Madeleine in her classroom. Then between 12.00 and 12.30 the parents would pick up the twins until 15.00. Between 17.00 and 17.30 the parents would collect the twins from the creche.

When the parents picked up the twins at lunch time, all the children were together in the same place so they picked up Madeleine as well.

When asked, she says she knows of nothing suspicious.

No more is said.

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