Local family may have seen missing Maddy

6 June 2007 
Drogheda Independent
Angela McCormick

A DROGHEDA family may have been the last people to see abducted four-year-old Madeleine McCann in Portugal. The family is understood to have seen a child in the arms of a man on the night and at the time Madeleine was taken from her parents’ apartments in Praia Da Luz. They have reported the matter and recently gave statements to the Portuguese police.

The Portuguese police have asked the family not to speak to the press in case they compromise their investigations. The family declined to give any details to the Drogheda Independent. Portuguese police are convinced that the child, who vanished during a family holiday in the Algarve on May 3, was abducted. A number of Drogheda-based families holiday in the nearby Estrela Da Luz apartments, part ofa complex built by Drogheda man Gerry Fagan of Oceanico Developments. ‘Estrela Da Luz is just around the corner from Praia Da Luz. Loads of Drogheda people go there. It is an absolute paradise,’ said Jem O’Neill, a regular visitor.

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