A UK woman told British investigators in the Madeleine McCann case that she overheard a conversation about the disposal of a body.
The woman, who was described by the Sunday Express as a potential key witness, was interviewed a few times in Britain and used to live in an apartment in the Portuguese resort area near where McCann was abducted in 2007.
The witness allegedly heard the comment a few hundred yards from the Ocean Club where the family was staying. She gave an interview to Portuguese detectives about two weeks after the girl went missing.
The woman made a comment to investigators in 2008, claiming she heard a man say, “Why did you bring her here? Now we will have to dispose of the body.”
According to the Express, the woman returned to Britain. The woman, who was not identified, spoke with the paper recently, saying “I do not want to say anything.”
Earlier this month, two suspects in the case were questioned in Portugal, reported the BBC. The broadcaster said that one of them was Sergey Malkina, who was also questioned in 2007.
A total of four individuals will be questioned in the case.
Local Briton Robert Murat, who was also named as a person of interest, told the broadcaster that Malkina had nothing to do with it, describing the questioning as “ridiculous.” He worked with him in 2006 and 2007.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous. It makes no sense,” he told the BBC. “They’ve talked to him before, in 2007, so why are they talking to him again? He’s a good professional and a hard worker. I don’t know Sergey that well, but he is a nice lad.”