Madeleine McCann: A new kidnapping suspect emerges in 2007 case (+video)(Read article summary)
Madeleine McCann case reopened: Portuguese police have a new suspect in the mysterious disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann. A former employee of the Ocean Club resort is being investigated.
Could the Madeleine McCann case finally be solved?
Or is this just another wild goose chase?
Last week, Portuguese prosecutors suddenly reopened their investigation into the 2007 disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann.
British and Portuguese media now report that the leading suspect is Euclides Monteiro, an immigrant who was a restaurant worker at the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz, which is where nearly 4-year old Madeleine was last seen. Mr. Monteiro was fired shortly before her disappearance and may have kidnapped the girl as an act of revenge against his former employer, according to the Portuguese daily Correio da Manha.
Another theory is that Monteiro stumbled upon Madeleine when he was robbing her parents' room. Monteiro was a heroin addict, reports the Daily Mirror, and was fired for stealing from the resort.
Portuguese detectives suspect that he may have killed the child after seeing the huge media coverage the crime generated, the Correio da Manha reports.
There is no official word on the case from Portuguese police, who had said upon reopening the investigation that legal constraints prevented them from making public statements.
Monteiro died in a tractor accident in 2009. His widow, Luisa, insists her husband is innocent.