Police Too Quick to Call McCanns Suspects: Chief

Spokesman calls for elimination of Maddie's parents as suspects
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Feb 3, 2008 3:14 PM CST
In this photo made available by Antena 3 on Thursday Oct. 25, 2007, Kate McCann and her husband Gerry is seen in this image made from video during an interview with the Spanish TV station. The appearance...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Portuguese authorities were "too hasty" to name the McCanns as formal suspects in the disappearance of their daughter Maddie last May, conceded the country's top policeman yesterday. The McCanns have interpreted Alipio Ribeiro's comments as an implicit acknowledgment of their innocence, the Guardian reports.

"The only proper thing to do is to eliminate Kate and Gerry from the inquiry," said their spokesman, adding that naming them suspects last September likely deterred people from coming forward with information. The only other named suspect is a British expat, who also denies the charges. The McCanns are still pushing the investigation: they're requesting a review of police records, and have released an FBI sketch of the culprit.