At the end of November, Francisco Marco, the overweight boss of the Spanish Metodo 3 private investigation agency, claimed that his boys were on the verge of finding Madeleine McCann. Marco said that the Portugese police were bumbling and inept; that Madeleine was “definitely alive”; and that very soon, he would find her.
Well, ten days have passed since his claims – and there’s still no sign of the missing girl.
The fact is, the hunt for Madeleine is beginning to seem pretty hopeless. Kate and Gerry McCann still say in public that they’re sure their daughter is still alive. But in private, they must now start to face up to the fact that they very well may never see the girl again. A resident of Praia da Luz, who has been involved in the case since near the start, said: “No one is any nearer knowing what happened and we are tired of retracing old ground.”
I’ve been as hopeful as anyone that Madeleine would turn up. But I fear that it is a murder case, and that the body – and the killer – will never be found.
But Fransisco Marco is still acting like the ace sleuth. He is still making boastful claims to the press. Claims that never seem to lead to anything substantial. He just keeps parrotting the line that he’s “sure” Madeleine is still alive.
Well, Kate and Gerry have said that they are sure she’s not dead. But they never pretended that they had any reason other than blind faith to believe that. Marco, however, says it with the air of someone who is privy to secret information. He constantly makes out that he knows more than he’s saying.
It’s time for the McCanns to accept that Marco knows jack. They’ve been “sold a pup”.
Fransisco Marco: latter-day Sherlock Holmes? Or a quick-talking operator with pockets full of empty hands?