First of all this 13 minute interview with USA-based professional profiler Pat Brown is very informative: Earlier this year the Portuguese Supreme Court complied with the lower appeal court in dismissing the libel case against the original Portuguese investigator, Detective Gonçalo Amaral, brought by Madeleine's parents. Goncalo was convinced from the beginning that there was no 'abduction' and that the then almost 4 year old child died in the holiday apartment in Praia Da Luz while left alone by the parents to party with seven friends, from similar professional careers, at a Tapas bar locally. Putting aside the morally dubious action in leaving a toddler alone for several hours (in those parents' home country - the UK - they would have been investigated by Childrens Social Services and the child placed on an at-risk care register) the statements of those parents and their seven friends and others changed almost daily. Those parents have friends in high places, one of whom being the former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and £millions of pounds funding from the day of disappearance itself for work of the most famous PR company (Bell Pottinger). The UK's Metropolitan Police Service has so far spent £11 million on investigating an 'abduction' when the evidence points to no abduction.