Apensos V, Volume XIII
From Alan Blackburn @met.police.uk
Sent: 9th October 2007
To: Portimao DIC
Subject: Madeleine McCann – possible sighting in Mexico 6th October 2007.
Please see below possible sighting of Madeleine in Mexico. I requested further details of location, description of the child etc. Which I have had a reply to and this is included below within this e-mail.
Alan Blackburn (Intelligence Officer)
UK Police National Missing Persons Bureau
New Scotland Yard
To: Jessica Sarra
Sent: Oct 08 2007
Subject: Madeleine McCann
My husband and I strongly believe we may have seen Madeleine with a man in a restaurant while on vacation in Mexico. At first we just had a weird feeling that the little girl at the table next to us didn’t belong with the man. The way she looked at us and her unmatching clothes and not being well groomed, and the fact that the man wouldn’t turn around and look at us directly even when we were non verbally corresponding with the little girl. When we got back to our hotel and caught a bit of the news, Madeleine’s picture came up and my husband and I both looked at each other with the same sinking feeling that she looked just like her except the picture looked a lot younger and we thought the little girl at the restaurant was about 4. When I got home and looked up her pictures and age etc. I feel even more strongly now that it was her. I’ve been trying to look at more pictures of missing little girls about her age and haven’t seen one yet that resembles her except Madeleine. I have more details however am not sure who to contact that will take this very serious (sic) and not leak it to the media so that the kidnapper has time to flee.
Very concerned mother myself.
Sent: 9 October 2007
To: Blackburn Alan
1. The exact location of the sighting including any nearby buildings and whether you noticed any CCTV cameras nearby.
I doubt they have cameras – small town of San Felipe in Baja California Mexico on the Sea of Cortez, the restaurant – Bajamar on the main cruising ship – Mar de Cortez, right along the beach.
2. The day, date and time of the sighting.
Saturday the 6th between 5.00 and 6.30 PM (They were already at their table when we were seated next to them).
3. Details of clothing items that she was wearing.
Light green T shirt with a horse on it and a turquoise Mexican shirt with sequences and dirty thongs.
4. Description of the child including any distinctive marks, scars or other features.
She looked very much like the pictures, thin /avg 4 yr old size. Her eyes looked very dark from a distance but when she came around the table closer, I could see blue green colour, I didn’t notice the black line as it was a little dark and she probably wasn’t close enough. Her cute little nose matches the pictures exactly. Her hair fine blonde just like the photos – longer than the most recent photo – bangs were kind of covering her eyebrows. Her hair looked a little dirty and not shiny and brushed like if a woman was involved and her clothes didn’t match.
5. Circumstances of the sighting including anyone she was seen with, any vehicles and her demeanour.
Her staring into our eyes when we 1st saw her – I can’t explain the feeling my husband and I both got (almost like she recognised us or there was desperation.. She was busy, would walk around the table – the man kept telling her to sit down. At one point she seemed to be testing him while she watched us. The tables were outside right by the sidewalk, street and then beach and ocean. When she stood up by the railing looking towards the street, he nudged her with the chair and she sat down on it. He seemed very suspicious, not talking much, never turned around and looked at us even though we were smiling back and forth with the little girl. He looked a little older late 50’s or 60’s, graying hair, white baseball cap, maybe 6 foot or just shy, a little overweight. He was very normal looking but big nose and ears. I never heard any names or references such as Grandpa. She whispered something in his ear and he said something back and then I heard her say something like “but you said they were sad”.
6. Any photographs that you make (sic) have taken of her?
I wish I would have thought of that. I took a picture of the lighthouse out the view and her arm is in it, but at the time my husband and I were just suspicious thinking that maybe this little girl didn’t belong with the guy. It wasn’t until we caught a bit of the news later that night and saw Madeleine’s picture that my husband and I both thought how much it looked like her but the news said age 3 and we were certain the girl was more like 4. And being so far from Portugal, we at the point thought it probably wasn’t her. But it kept bothering us, so when we got home I searched the Internet for her and other missing children and found out she is 4 and saw all the other pictures of her and the video (the picture of her in the dark blue chang (sic) shirt really struck me and her expressions in the video) and that is when we thought everything is adding up, not to mention the sitings (sic) in Argentina and Guatemala, which if he was sailing would be right along the way.
7. Any additional information that you feel may be of benefit to investigate this sighting further.
San Felipe would be a great hiding place – not too many tourists, mostly Mexicans and the federales seem pretty laid back. When they left the restaurant they walked north on the sidewalk right past where we were sitting. I thought it was odd that we didn’t see meals brought to them, unless they ate before we got there, but if that is the case, they sat there a long time after. She just had a shirley temple that she barely sipped on and I think I saw her munch on one chip. I wish I would have done more like ask her name and take a picture.
My husband and I feel very strongly that it was her. I feel so strongly that I want to go back down there and look for her, but I don’t know what I would do if I saw her again and I’m all the way up in Idaho. I hope this helps. Someone needs to go there right away.
(Doc linked in TOC).