Kate McCann reporting to a Portuguese police station; photo courtesy AP
The Associated Press is reporting that Portuguese police today are expected to name as suspects the parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann. Portuguese police claim that blood from the missing girl was found in a vehicle the McCann family rented 25 days after the disappearance of the 4-year-old girl.
Madeleine McCann disappeared from an Algarve apartment May 3 where she was sleeping with her 2-year-old twin siblings. The parents of Madeleine, Gerry and Kate McCann, claim they were at dinner at the time at a nearby restaurant, but were repeatedly checking on the children during the meal.
There was always something strange about this case that nagged at my subconscious and - while the McCanns are certainly entitled to due process and should be assumed to be innocent until proven guilty - it seemed as though the couple spent quite a bit of time in front of the cameras.
True, parents whose daughter turned up missing would want to issue pleas for help, but it just seems like the McCanns have become jet-setting celebrities in the months since Madeleine's disappearance. I think that not a week has gone by without the faces of Kate and Gerry McCann on camera with their fundraising for the reward fund or issuing statements about their staunch belief that Madeleine is still alive.
As a parent, part of me hopes that the McCanns are being railroaded, because it is disturbing to think that parents would kill their own children. Yet, if the McCanns are indeed involved in the killing of Madeleine, I hope that the wheels of justice grind harshly.