Quizzed Norfolk man is a 'suspect'

A NORFOLK man quizzed by police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been officially classed as a “suspect”.Robert Murat, who lived in Hockering, near Dereham, before moving to Portugal two years ago, was questioned late on Tuesday night while forensic experts sealed off his home for searches.

By Danielle Nuttall

A NORFOLK man quizzed by police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been officially classed as a “suspect”, it has emerged.

Robert Murat, who lived in Hockering, near Dereham, before moving to Portugal two years ago, was questioned late on Monday night while forensic experts sealed off his home for searches.

He was one of three people questioned by detectives in the town of Portimao and lives just yards from where four-year-old Madeleine was snatched 12 days ago.


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All three people were released overnight.

He is thought to be the first person formally classed as a suspect but has not been charged and is not believed to be in custody.

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Madeleine was snatched from her bed in the resort town of Praia da Luz on May 3 while her parents were dining nearby.

There has been no news of her whereabouts since.

Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa, spokesman for the Madeleine McCann investigation, said today that a British man in his thirties taken from the house which was searched has now been classed as an “arguido”.

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