Apensos V, Vol IV
Pages 675 – 677
National Interpol Cabinet
Subject: Madeleine Beth McCann, born 12-05-2003, British Citizen – Missing.
With regard to your request of 4-5-2007, the Zurich airport police state the following:
On 11-5-2007, Karsten Kuppers, German citizen, lawyer, resident in Portugal appeared before this police force and stated:
Mr Kuppers was in the self-service restaurant in Terminal 2, departures area, in Zurich airport on 11-05-2007 at about 12.15, when he saw a group composed of two men, 1 woman, 1 boy and 1 girl. The group was sitting in front of Mr Kuppers, their behaviour was rather strange. They did not appear to be a normal family, the children appeared frightened and the girl and boy were treated with some distance. The adults spoke German and English, it was not possible to make out the language of the children.
The group left the restaurant when three police officers sat down close to them. Mr Kuppers saw the group again at 12.40 in Terminal 2, immediately after leaving.
Mr Kuppers remembers the girl who disappeared from your country, he went to the faz.net site and saw the photo of Madeleine McCann.
As the girl in the photo was very similar to the girl at the airport, he contacted the police.
Description of the group:
- Man, aged about 56-60, about 1.76 tall, well built. Greying short hair, sort clipped beard, spoke German, walked with a stick.
- Man, aged about 40-50, about 1.80m tall, medium slim build, short dark hair, spoke German.
- Woman, aged about 25-40, abut 1.68m tall, medium build, light brown shoulder length hair, broad face, probably a German citizen.
- Boy, aged 4-5, spiky hair, slightly taller than the girl.
- Girl, aged about 3-4 years, similar looking to the girl on the faz.net site.
Unfortunately, Mr Kuppers only contacted the police 4 hours afterwards and it was not possible to find the group. It is not known if all of the group or just some of them left our country. The airport restaurant does not have security cameras. Although part of the departures area is controlled by video surveillance, the group was not spotted.
Added by Berne:
Arrivals to Zurich from Portugal and Spain in the morning of 11-5-2007
Flight from Lisbon
Flight from Barcelona
In order to check the passenger lists, we would request that you send an international letter of request.
National Interpol Cabinet
Flash – Flash – Flash
Subject: Madeleine Beth McCann, born 12-05-2003, British Citizen – Missing
With relation to our message of 12-5-2007
We request that you immediately inform us if the description of the group corresponds to the persons found. We request that you send our cabinet photos of the suspects so that we can compare them to Mr Kuppers’ observations and with the Zurich airport video control. Are there any signs that the suspects could have left your country, possibly via Switzerland?
Have you obtained additional information by means of checking the passenger lists? Do you have any more information from the airport police?
Do not hesitate to contact us in case we can be of further help.
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