Psychic investigators from hit US TV show head to Portugal to find Madeleine
Last updated at 09:44 10 January 2008
Psychic investigators from a hit US show will attempt to solve the Madeleine McCann mystery, it was revealed today.
Three American clairvoyants from Haunting Evidence will travel to the Algarve in an attempt to find the missing four-year-old.
Producers from the show have been in the resort of Praia da Luz this week making plans for the documentary.
Producer Gregory Palmer told Portuguese daily 24 Horas: "The idea is to make a documentary, speak to witnesses and put
our investigators in the field."
Programme makers claim to have previously made a breakthrough in an unsolved murder case in the US.
The investigators are Carla Brown, a clairvoyant specialist in profiling, John J Oliver, a medium, and Patrick Burns,
a paranormal investigator and presenter of the show.
They have approached Gerry and Kate McCann through their spokesman Clarence Mitchell hoping for their co-operation, but
have not yet received a response, the newspaper reported.
The trio use their "powers" to visit the scenes of crimes and speak to people "from beyond the grave".
They hope to gain access to Madeleine's favourite toy Cuddle Cat in their attempt to locate the youngster. Mr Palmer
said: "It would be important for Carla and Oliver to be able to touch Cuddle Cat."
Critics of the show, which goes out in the US on Court TV, point out they have never solved a case.
But Mr Palmer said: "We investigated the case of Amanda, a young girl of 20 who disappeared one night during a storm.
'Haunting Evidence' will be travelling to Praia da Luz in the western Algarve to find the missing toddler.
"She was driving alone on the motorway in Arkansas. Her car was found with the keys in the ignition. Police could find
Four days her body was found in an irrigation ditch.
"She had been carried out of the car and her killer drowned her," Mr Palmer said.
The show's three clairvoyants were put into action. They followed a series of clues and provided police with an e-fit
of a suspect.
The case was re-opened and police have identified the suspect, the producer said.
Last June Portuguese detectives admitted they were following up tips from psychics as part of their probe.
They amassed a pile of "leads" provided by mystics and investigated each one.
Detectives also followed up a letter received by Dutch newspaper which included a map showing the "probable finding place"
Searches in a deserted scrubland area nine miles from Praia da Luz, where Madeleine went missing last May 3, proved fruitless.
Last October the McCanns were said to be consulting a TV mystic dubbed The Psychic Barber.
Clairvoyant Gordon Smith, a host on Living TV's Most Haunted show, was contacted by a member of the McCann family.
He claimed he might be able to tell if Madeleine was alive or dead.
At the time a source close to the McCanns admitted 150 leads provided by mystics had already been followed up by investigators.
They represent 15 per cent of 1,000 pieces of information offered to the couple by psychics and mediums across the world.
One "saw" Madeleine at a farm in Spain and detailed part of a car's number plate. A second "revealed" the flight number
of a plane carrying the four-year-old and pinpointed her seat.
None of the tips proved useful, but a McCann family source at the time said: "They will pursue any lead which gives them
even the slightest chance of getting their daughter back."