The semantics are strange, aren’t they? A spokesman referring casually to the distance poor Nora was actually found, and admitting – casually – that they assume the critical information is simply incorrect. It feels as if the public are at times more interested in solving the mysteries, inconsistencies and unanswered questions bedeviling this case than those at center of it, doesn’t it?
It makes a difference how far from The Dusun Resort Nora was found. It makes a difference if she was 2 kilometres away, or 1 kilometre or less than 1. If she was only 600 metres away this does raise the possibility that she wandered off, and also that she was likely hiding [naked] from unfamiliar strangers.
It also diminishes the likelihood of an abduction. The greater the distance a child covers [against their will] from home, the greater the organisation and intent of an abduction. But the reverse is also true.
In the JonBenet Ramsey case, a bogus Ransom Note threw off detectives and cops for several hours. There was minimum searching because the note led people to believe six-year-old JonBenet was being held somewhere else by “a small foreign faction”. In the end, JonBenet was found in the basement of her own home, garroted, sexually abused and with a 8 1/2-inch fracture that ran the length of the right side of her head.
In the Madeleine McCann case, the rush to implicate an abductor led to an “abductor” quickly being identified. This person came forward, even identifying his clothing and that worn by his daughter in a sketch based on witness Jane Tanner’s description [skip to 21:24 of the documentary below].
Tannerman as he was famously called, ended up being Dr. Julian Totman. As absurd as this situation was, it became even more ridiculous. Despite the “abductor” coming forward, the police continued to search for him for four more years. They never found him.
DCI Redwood said it was a “revelation moment” when police discovered that the man seen by McCanns’ friend Jane Tanner at 9.15pm was almost certainly an innocent British holiday-maker collecting his two-year-old daughter from a nearby creche.
He said: “Our focus in terms of understanding what happened on the night of 3 May has now given us a shift of emphasis. We are almost certain that the man seen by Jane Tanner is not Madeleine’s abductor.
“It takes us through to a position at 10pm when we see another man who is walking towards the ocean, close by to the apartment, with a young child in his arms.”
He said they wanted to track down men seen “lurking suspiciously” near the McCanns’ apartment block.
In both the JonBenet Ramsey and Madeleine McCann cases, intruders and abductors were implicated with arguably no evidence, so it’s hardly surprising that both cases remain officially unsolved to this day.
We must be careful not to repeat the same mistakes in this case.