Phone check in search for Maddie

25 May 2009
Liverpool Echo

The phone of a convicted paedophile may be checked to discover where he was on the day Madeleine McCann disappeared. Raymond Hewlett is alleged to have been staying around an hour's drive from the McCanns' holiday flat in Praia da Luz when she vanished on May 3 2007. The investigation team of Liverpool-born Kate McCann and husband Gerry wants to interview the 64-year-old in the hope he can shed light on the little girl's disappearance.

A former soldier who met Hewlett in Morocco in May 2007 said he admitted parking near the McCann's complex several times. Peter Verran, 46, said: "He brought Madeleine up straight away. He said his three-year-old daughter looked like her. "He was worried that because there had been reports that Madeleine may have been spirited away to Morocco, people might think his child was her. Then he suddenly said, 'Madeleine's not in Morocco'. "I asked him what he meant and he said he knew Praia Da Luz really well."

Ex-soldier Hewlett is reportedly being treated for throat cancer in Germany.

McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Mr Hewlett has denied any involvement in Madeleine's abduction. It's clear the man is ill and it is clear he has information that our investigators need." 

 Hewlett may face questions in days..

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