Sunday, May 15, 2022

Stop Nonsensical Madeleine McCann Search – £14m Wasted

In the week that Madeleine McCann would have turned 19, Matthew Steeples suggests it is now time to put a stop to the nonsensical investigation into a child that likely never went “missing”

Thursday would have been the 19th birthday of Madeleine McCann. I say “would have been” rather than “was” because I do not believe the poor, unfortunate “missing” since 2007 child to actually still be alive.



Miss McCann had a distinctive right eye that featured a blemish as a result of suffering from the rare condition of colomba. Said to affect just 1 in 10,000 children, this feature is something that someone who had encountered her – if she were still living – would have most definitely noticed by somebody who encountered her living being somewhere.


£14 million has thus far been spent on a nonsensical search for a child left alone with its two siblings in an apartment with an unlocked door onto a public highway. That apartment contained evidence of death in a cupboard – clearly sensed by skilled cadaver dogs – and traces of blood, as referenced by The Guardian, in it also.



Frankly, as a result – if, by some astonishingly unlikely chance – if Madeleine McCann were still alive somebody would have come forward in the hope of claiming a reward or, equally, some greedy sort would have traded someone else in. Money talks and money


“Missing” now for 15 years and 11 days and currently with all hopes pinned on pinning the blame on Christian Brueckner – a clearly evil man but equally one shown this week by investigator Mark Williams-Thomas to unlikely be “the killer of Madeleine McCann” – here is a case that will most likely never be solved.


Here now is a chance to reallocate resources to help find missing people who can actually be found. It is time to stop wasting money looking for a child who most likely died in a holiday apartment on or before 3rd May 2007 and it is time to accept that those looking for Madeleine McCann have orchestrated nothing but an almighty balls-up.


Missing Madeleine – Questions STILL without Answers

Many questions about what happened on the evening of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann remain. Some that have been highlighted by the press and discussed online include:


  • Why did Kate McCann refuse to answer 48 questions put to her by the Portuguese police?


  • Why were certain records of phone calls on the evening of the disappearance “whoosh-clunked” from the memories of the phones of Mr and Mrs McCann and the ‘Tapas 7’?


  • Why did a British sniffer dog sense the smell of a corpse in a cupboard in the apartment from which Madeleine McCann disappeared?


  • Why did a sniffer dog also supposedly sense the smell of a corpse in a vehicle hired by the couple a month after the disappearance of their daughter?




Sir Clement Freud
Kate McCann – a woman who went running, played tennis and dined on chicken and mushroom risotto and egg and watercress salads washed down with strawberry vodka with the paedophile Sir Clement Freud in the days after her daughter ‘disappeared’ – has a clear touch of the former Meghan Markle about her. Like ‘MeGain,’ whom banged on that “not many people have asked if I’m OK,” Mrs McCann said in 2011: “Officers walked past us as if we weren’t there. Nobody asked how we were doing, whether we were okay. Our child had been stolen and I felt as if I didn’t exist.”
Gerry and Kate McCann Theresa May
Living it Large – Gerry MccCann enjoying a round of golf (left); Kate McCann at Downing Street, London hobnobbing with Missing People CEO Martin Houghton-Brown, the Duchess of Gloucester and the then Home Secretary Theresa May on 23rd May 2012 (right).
In December 2017, when £11 million of British taxpayers’ money had been spent towards the search for ‘missing’ Madeleine McCann, 86% of viewers of ITV1’s ‘Loose Women’ said the public purse should cease to fund the investigation. Now, in May 2022, with that sum now in excess of £14 million (aside from the millions in private money also), it is time to allocate resources to the search for missing people who actually can be found, we would suggest.
Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.


  1. “Why did someone change the date stamp on the ‘Pool Photo’ from Sunday to Thursday ? The weather reports and Flickr photos confirm that Thursday was dull and overcast.

  2. Like so many other questions ..unanswered ?? The biggest clue to me is the dogs .. the removal of fridge from a holiday apartment ?the sports bag photo in house..never found again. The car with the open boot for days ..but dogs still found evidence. The keys to the church …. the fact she washed cuddle cat ? Last smell of her daughter.. no DNA in bed from that night … evidence of breaking in through shutters ….

    But: evidence of drugs used on the children. And that’s the starting point .! All else falls into place. Madelaine fell..injured died in flat ..end of story!


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