New suspect emerges in Madeleine McCann disappearance case

May 22, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Perhaps a new break in the highly publicized disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal. Investigators have identified a serial paedophile who reportedly lived near the resort of Praia da Luz when three-year-old Madeleine went missing in May 2007, and has become the new focus of the investigation into the child’s disappearance.

The Daily Mail reports Raymond Hewlett, a 64-year-old Briton and a former soldier is wanted by police in the UK and Ireland but is currently being treated for throat cancer at a hospital in Germany.

A spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann, who launched a global media search for their daughter, confirmed in a statement that Hewlett was “of interest” to investigators working for the couple.

“We are aware of Raymond Hewlett and the claims that have been made about him in some newspapers,” spokesman Clarence Mitchell said.

“The investigators searching for Madeleine are currently looking into the circumstances surrounding these claims.

“Mr Hewlett is an individual of interest to the Madeleine investigation but I would stress it is just one line of inquiry. Beyond that I can’t really go into any further operational detail.”

While police are considering extraditing Hewlett, detectives working for Kate and Gerry McCann have flown to Germany to interview him directly.  Hewlett has a long history of attempted abductions and sex attacks on young girls for which he has served jail time and is wanted for questioning by several British police forces over allegations of child sex abuse.

The McCanns who were once suspects themselves, have never given up hope of finding their daughter.


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