Former investigator claims Madeleine McCann could still be alive and trapped in a dungeon, possibly by pedophile ring

David Edgar compared the case to that of Jaycee Lee Dugard, an 11-year-old schoolgirl abducted from Tahoe, California, in 1991, and found alive as a sex slave 18 years later


                            Former investigator claims Madeleine McCann could still be alive and trapped in a dungeon, possibly by pedophile ring

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann were given a boost recently when the Home Office announced that it would be pumping in an extra £150,000 (approximately $192,000) into Operation Grange to keep the investigation into her disappearance alive. Now, the words of a former detective who worked on the case previously could offer them further hope.

David Edgar, who worked on behalf of the McCann family for three years, claimed that the now 15-year-old could still be alive and trapped in an underground dungeon after she was possibly abducted by a child sex trafficking ring. According to the Daily Mail, Edgar is also of the belief that Madeleine could resurface "at any time" and has "no idea" about her true identity and that she is still in Portugal, the country where she was abducted from in May 2007.

The McCanns were given renewed hope after recent findings by Scotland Yard (Source: Getty Images)
The McCanns were given renewed hope after recent findings by Scotland Yard (Source: Getty Images)

Recent reports claimed that parents Kate and Gerry were "greatly encouraged" by indications that Scotland Yard could be closing in on the culprits who nabbed their daughter based on two vital leads, and Edgar claimed his insights were under consideration as well.

"I've always thought that whoever is responsible will have confided in someone else," he was quoted saying. "They usually do and it is very rare that they don't even if it takes years. Now we're approaching the 12th year, that's a significant time but I think she could still be alive and someone is protecting her captors. Someone knows what happened and it's time they came forward, maybe they have and officers are waiting for a confession. It happens."

Edgar said that as long as a body was not found, there was still hope that she could be returned to her parents alive, and compared her case to that of Jaycee Lee Dugard, an 11-year-old schoolgirl who was abducted from a street in Tahoe, California, in 1991 and found alive as a sex slave over 18 years later in 2009.

"When pedophiles kill, they often dump the body nearby and this doesn't appear to be the case here," he explained. "She could be hidden away in a cellar or dungeon in the lawless villages around the resort she went missing from. The key thing is nobody has been found."

David Edgar says he believes that McCann is still alive (Source: Getty Images)
David Edgar says he believes that McCann is still alive (Source: Getty Images)

He said he believes Madeleine might be living with her captor in a hideaway home or underground den island and that she has "no idea even who she is and that she is at the center of a worldwide hunt for her." However, he cautioned the "rural, sprawling terrain makes it extremely difficult to search" and that the kidnapper "could quite easily keep a child there for years and no-one else would know."

While many have expressed their annoyance at the continued funding for the case, Edgar, a former officer with the Chesire Police and the Royal Ulster Constabulary, supported the Home Office's actions and called it "totally justified." He said, "It's a very delicate case but officers would not have requested extra funding if they didn't need it," adding he thinks the case will see a resolution.

The investigation into Madeleine's disappearance has so far cost £11.75 million in taxpayer money, with the recent injection by the Home Office set to keep the search active at least until next Spring.