When I wrote my Update the other day with a 'what's happened to Dave Edgar' comment, I wasn't aware that he had given an interview for the Belfast Telegraph. Apparently, he still very much around and still giving his opinion based on his years of experience as a former RUC police detective.
Madeleine is still alive he claims, based on the solid fact that no body has been found, that apparently trumps not being seen in 10+ years. And he claims she is being held within 10 to 15 miles of the resort in PDL, either as a sex slave in a dungeon or completely brainwashed as part of a new family.
Whilst blind belief might be an attribute in matters of faith, it is quite bizarre in a former detective. I don't have first hand experience of real detectives, but I imagine they are a cynical lot, they deal with the dark side of human nature on a daily basis, they know that if kids are not found within the golden hour, there is little hope of them being alive.
I'm not sure if Dave Edgar is being overly compassionate (and totally unrealistic), or edging to pick up where he left off if the case closes with no result. At the same time Edgar was being interviewed, Gerry and Kate were also saying that they were going to continue their search with private detectives.
All this talk of Madeleine being alive and restarting the search, suggests that the parents are not in sync with Operation Grange. And I very much doubt Dave Edgar is in sync with his former colleagues or indeed any police detective anywhere. Not just for the nonsense he comes out with but for giving evidence against another detective in a greedy, malicious claim that would enrich the former suspects. Minions like Edgar astound me, not only for lack of decency and morals, but also because they are too stupid to realise they will be among the first thrown under the bus.
The McCanns and their faithful yes-man, are pre-empting any announcement by Scotland Yard by saying they are going to continue looking for a live child. This suggests the police are not. Actually, I don't think Operation Grange have been looking for a live child for quite some time. A big clue was the heavy plant and digging equipment they used in PDL a couple of years ago. And I think the chances of them announcing this month that they believe Madeleine is alive and findable, but they are giving up anyway, is slim to remote.
Of course talk of a new search could just as easily be a means to protect the money that remains in the Fund. We still do not know how much is owed in legal fees in Lisbon - I'm still betting it is a record amount - nor how the parents are going to pay them. Are there no leakers who could give even a ball park figure?