Phone records could help Madeline McCann case
Parents of missing girl to make TV appeal after ‘fresh, substantive’ material found
Mr Redwood said his team could never say for certain that it knew everybody who was in Praia da Luz when Madeleine disappeared.
He went on: “What we’re trying to do is to use every route available to us to identify as many of them as possible and the phone data is one route into that, as are appeals. If you were in Praia da Luz at the time, you may get a routine phone call from the police.”
Mr Redwood said the phone data shows a timeline with “calls made and where they went to as a running log”.
He said 99 per cent of the phone numbers are likely to belong to “completely unaware and innocent individuals”.
Portuguese police already had access to the list of phone numbers but it has not previously been as closely scrutinised.
In the week Crimewatch airs, equivalent programmes made in Holland, Germany and possibly Ireland, are expected to be broadcast.
Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman, said: “Kate and Gerry remain very grateful to the Met for the work they are doing in liaison with the Portuguese authorities.
“Their forthcoming appearance on Crimewatch is an important stage in that ongoing process. Naturally, they hope it will lead to information that will provide the breakthrough to finding Madeleine.”
Mr Rowley added: “It’s important to stress, the Crimewatch appeal is not simply ‘this is a live investigation has anyone got any information?’. It is more than that.
“There is new information not previously presented. Fresh, substantive material upon which to make an appeal.
“It will be a substantive and substantial programme rather than a broad implication that people can help us.”
Madeleine went missing from a holiday apartment as her parents Kate and Gerry dined at a nearby tapas restaurant with friends.
The Portuguese investigation officially closed but authorities there are backing the Scotland Yard inquiry and officers from both countries will work together in pursuing new leads.
The Scotland Yard investigation, which started as a review, has amassed 39,148 documents, of which 21,614 have been processed, relating to information from Portuguese Police, eight private investigators and other British forces, such as Leicestershire Police.
It now has a team of six Portuguese detectives based in Faro, who are carrying out inquiries on Scotland Yard’s behalf.
The McCanns are currently suing former police chief Goncalo Amaral for libel over claims in the book The Truth Of The Lie.