Madeleine McCann Case Update: Investigation Finds British Pedophile Was Living Near Crime Scene

March 27, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The latest update in the Madeleine McCann case–the three-year-old British girl who was taken from a resort on the Algarve in 2006 and never found–is that a British pedophile was hiding out near the resort.

David Reid fled his home in the United Kingdom and was hiding out near Praia da Luz, where McCann was taken.

He had left his home in Northern Ireland in a bid to hide his sordid past after being jailed for sexually abusing a string of young girls and a boy, reported the Daily Mirror.

One of his victims warned that Reid would commit more crimes after he was released from jail, saying: “He’s a pedophile who will offend again. It’s part of his being. He’ll never change.

“Get your kids and family away from him. Never put temptation in front of him. He just won’t be able to resist it.”

Reid moved to Carvoeiro, about 30 miles from Praia da Luz, in 2004 after he was released from jail.

That same year the small town was targeted by someone who attacked young girls in their beds. Many of the apartments belonged to British residents who took holidays there. 

Reid was not monitored after his release from prison.

The sex attacks happened through 2006 while break-ins continued through 2010.

Locals in Carvoeiro say that Reid died in 2013 from cancer. He was attacked after his past was exposed by some of the locals. 

In many cases, as in the McCann abduction, there was no sign of forced entry and nothing was taken.

In another recent update to the case, police are hunting for two men who were posing as charity workers who were trying to get money from people. They’re pegged as Eastern Europeans.


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