TO: Interpol Lisbon
Subject: Madeleine McCann - Yellow Alert F-131/5-2007
We are sending an attached message that was posted on the public
Interpol site on 23rd May 2008.
We ask you to take the necessary measures and let us know the
results of your investigations in the light of this message.
If necessary do not hesitate to contact Operation Centre 1 24/7.
From S********. Sent on Friday 23rd May 2008.
For INFO, Subject Madeleine McCann
I attached the photo of a small and abandoned chapel of a former
convent in the Portel/Alentejo (Portugal) to the East of Lisbon.
It is on top of a hill, in a remote and isolated place. I think
this could be the place where Madeleine McCann is buried and I
will explain why.
The period 21st May 2007 and 10 June 2007 should be of interest
to the investigation. Let us suppose that the McCanns were
involved in the accidental death of their daughter and that they
hid her body temporarily while they were looking for a permanent
burial place. This would coincide with DNA evidence that
indicates that Madeleine's body was transported in the Renault
As the McCanns are Catholics, I suppose they would have tried to
find a religious place. At this time they were not yet suspects
and did not have to be so careful when they were searching for
So, we have two people in a foreign country looking for a place
to bury their daughter. Not just an appropriate place, but also
some place where nobody would look.
The obvious thing to begin this process would be to look at a
map of Portugal. I looked at copies of all the maps printed in
the UK and it is therefore highly probable that I have the same
map that the McCanns were using when they were in Portugal. Many
of these maps have small dark symbols that signify religious
buildings. There are none in the south of Portugal but there are
various in the North of the country. I think that the McCanns
looked at these symbols.
Unfortunately, these symbols do not refer to details about the
religious buildings. In order to establish that it would perhaps
be necessary to resort to Internet. It would be very difficult
for the McCanns to do this in Portugal using a rented computer
and with the police and media surrounding them. That is the
reason why I think the events between 21st May and 10 June are
Gerry McCann is in the UK. Could it be that Gerry McCann took
advantage of this opportunity, in the privacy of his home, to
search for appropriate places for the burial? I think this is
very probable given the attitudes of the McCanns after Gerry's
return to Portugal.
23 May (one day after Gerry's return to Portugal)
Gerry and Kate McCann travel to Fatima passing many areas of
Portugal on their way. I think that this trip was made so that
the McCanns could see for themselves the areas where some of the
religious buildings were found. Now the Alentejo/Portel chapel
is situated on a hill top, I don't know whether they managed to
see it during this trip to Fatima, but they could have seen the
area upon their return.
The location being decided, the McCanns spent the following days
planning how to transport Madeleine for burial in the Alentejo.
The McCanns rented the Renault Scenic even though they knew they
were going to Rome on the following day and would not use it.
They rented the Renault BEFORE leaving for Rome deliberately so
that someone could use it to transport Madeleine's body while
they were away. Why did they hire it precisely at this time?
Upon going to Rome the McCanns took the media of the whole world
with them, leaving the way free for someone to take Madeleine to
The McCanns are in Rome with the Pope. What better place to be
while their daughter was buried?. While not being able to offer
a dignified funeral for Madeleine, the best thing to do would be
to obtain a blessing from the Pope himself. I believe firmly
that Madeleine McCann was buried whilst the McCanns were in
I think it is said that the Renault had clocked up excessive
mileage. Alentejo/Portel is situated 160 km from Praia da Luz
which could explain this.
Gerry and Kate McCann leave Praia da Luz at the end of the
afternoon to go to Lisbon by car in order to catch a flight to
Morocco. For what reason did the McCanns travel by car to Lisbon
to catch the flight to Morocco when they could have flown from
Faro? Did they take advantage of this opportunity to visit
Madeleine's burial site? It is located at only 20 minutes by car
I went through this with detail. The Alentejo/Portel chapel is
not a place represented by one of the dark symbols but is very
close to one of them.
I checked all the chapels, churches and religious buildings in
the north of Portugal and the chapel I refer to is the most
obvious. There is no other unused religious building that could
be more suitable for the McCanns. If I were the McCanns, I would
have chosen the Portel chapel in Alentejo. It is a suitably
agreeable and remote place in order to facilitate the burial of
a body without being seen by anyone. It is perfect.
Don't just take my word. Have a look around and see if you can
find a better place.
Given that Maddie is probably buried inside a bag (as is
suggested by the laboratory examinations carried out on the car)
she could possibly be found with the use of a metal detector.
I hope that you communicate this message to the appropriate
persons. I sent elements about this building to the PJ in
Portimao but maybe the Lisbon officers are better placed to
proceed with these investigations.