The police are called to report that a 3 year old girl is missing from an apartment. Besides a girl missing, what else is missing? The answer is, an explanation for her disappearance. The parents offer an explanation, rather conveniently, they state an abductor must have taken Madeleine away. Initially, they claim that the apartment was locked. And, that the abductor effected a break-in. Upon further investigation it is discovered that the apartment was left unlocked by the parents, and that no break-in occurred.
The parents were the last people to see Madeleine.
“The CATCHEM database used by police on investigations into child disappearances indicates that 80% of missing children have been killed either by parents or close relatives and that the snatching of children by roving paedophiles is actually quite rare”.
Obviously, each individual case has to be judged on its individual merits.
If we look at this objectively, to date we have 3 unsatisfactory explanations offered by the McCanns.
1. “We thought it was safe”.
2. “The apartment was locked”.
3. “There was a break-in”.
That’s 3 reasonable grounds for suspicion.