Investigators searching for missing child Madeleine McCann are in the process of trying to get known pedophile Raymond Hewlett to undergo a DNA test.
Arriving in Aachen, Germany, on Sunday night, the two ex-policemen, hired by Gerry and Kate McCann, are hoping to interview the 64-year-old man to find out what his connection is in the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine. The German authorities are currently investigating the death of his son in a car accident and may ask him for a DNA sample.
Mr Hewlett is not legally required to speak to the private investigators; however he may agree to speak to them in an effort to clear his name.
It is alleged that Mr Hewlett, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, was living just an hour away from Praia da Luz, and the flat where Madeleine was staying with her family, at the time of her disappearance in May 2007.
During the original investigation, DNA samples were taken from the McCann’s holiday apartment, some of which have never been identified.
According to the Daily Mirror, detectives are also hoping to use Mr Hewlett's mobile phone records to establish whether he was in Praia da Luz on the night Madeleine disappeared.
Mr Hewlett, who has lived in Blackpool and Telford, is also wanted for questioning by West Yorkshire Police in connection with an indecent assault case dating back to 1975.
The McCann’s are hoping that once police officers have conducted their interviews, they will facilitate a meeting between Mr Hewlett and their investigators. Sources close to the McCann’s have said that this meeting could take place sometime this week.
Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Gerry and Kate McCann, said: "Mr Hewlett has denied any involvement in Madeleine's abduction.
"Our investigators hope he will co-operate by giving them whatever information is needed so they can eliminate him from their investigation.
"It is clear that the man is ill and it is clear he has information that our investigators need."
Mr Hewlett is currently recovering from throat cancer surgery, and has been placed in intensive care. It has been reported that security in the hospital he is staying at has been heightened since he was connected to Madeleine McCann investigation.
Mr Hewlett has past convictions for several sexual offences against young girls, and British police have been trying to locate him for a few years.
Madeleine McCann was coming up to four years old when she was taken from her family’s holiday apartment in May 2007. Her parents were having dinner at nearby friends and had left Madeleine and her twin brothers asleep in their flat. Now, two years on, despite a massive police investigation, various sightings and worldwide media coverage, Madeleine has still not been found.
Two retired policemen, Dave Edgar, a former RUC and Cheshire Police officer, and Arthur Cowley, previously of Merseyside Police, who run Alpha Investigations Group are now leading the investigation after being hired by the Find Madeleine Fund to search for the missing child.
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