Madeleine McCann Case: Police Question Wife of Dead Heroin Addict Suspect

February 19, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

New details have emerged in the Madeleine McCann, or “Maddie,” case, with Scotland Yard investigating the widow of a drug addict in Portugal.

Heroin addict Euclides Monteiro has become the prime suspect in the kidnapping case in 2007. He died in a tractor accident in 2009, reports said.

His widow Luisa Rodrigues is being questioned about McCann’s disappearance when she was 3 years old at the Ocean Club Resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal. The Daily Mail reported that Monteiro had worked at the resort.

According to the Mail, officials suspect that he abducted the girl to get revenge on his former employers.

Detectives are also chasing three other suspects who were associated with Monteiro.

“They said they suspected him because he used to work at the Ocean Club complex where the McCanns were staying and because they had tracked the signal from his mobile phone to the area where Madeleine disappeared the night she vanished,” Rodrigues, his former wife, told the Daily Mirror.

“I was speechless. I kept repeating Euclides was innocent but they said it was not for me to say.”

She told the Daily Star that he didn’t do it.

“They said they suspected him because he used to work at the Ocean Club complex and because they had tracked the signal from his mobile,” she said. “But I’m sure he would have been at home watching TV. That’s what he always did after work.”

It was also reported that U.K. detectives are worried that Portuguese officials are having problems in their investigation. Portuguese officials are chasing different suspects than the ones being investigated by U.K. officials, according to the Star.

U.K. officials want to form a joint task force with their Portuguese counterparts.

“If we don’t form a joint investigation task force, any advantages in terms of pooling resources and information may be lost,” a source close to the investigation told the Daily Star. “We can’t have an ‘us against them’ scenario developing. This is not a game. A little girl’s life may be at stake.”

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