Early in the morning of 4th May 2007 a member of the PJ photographed what the crime scene looked like a few hours after Madeleine had disappeared.
By the time the photographs were taken, Kate McCann had searched the apartment, and members of the Tapas 9 had repeated the search. People from the Ocean Club had been in the apartment. The GNR (Guardia National Republica) had been in the apartment and had also checked that Madeleine was not simply hiding.
So it is not a pristine crime scene, but it is about as good as it gets in this instance.
http://www.mccannpjfiles.co.uk/PJ/5A_PHOTO_REPORT.htm This shows the photos the PJ technician took that night. The McCannPJfiles also have a slightly different version showing a few extra (very interesting) photos from that night which are not included in the report.
After this, I hit a real problem. The plan of the apartment in the link I have given is wrong in a number of ways that are critical to describing the crime scene. Further, I cannot find a plan or schematic that is correct
Stick with the diagram in my link and compare it to reality and you should get some idea of the problem.
First, an interior photo clearly shows the wall separating the kitchen and living room continues on and becomes the wall at the entrance to the children’s bedroom. The diagram makes these walls offset by yards.
Second, the diagram shows a window in the parent’s bedroom. The photos show instead a door identical to the patio door in the living room. This means there is another patio door. And this means there is another potential entrance/exit to apartment 5A that needs to be considered.
Third, despite the diagram, the apartment is not a nice square or rectangle. The front door is not flush with the front – it is recessed. The front wall (on the face to the car park) is not a straight line. The wall of the children’s bedroom projects more than the kitchen, albeit by a small amount.
The living room is not square, and this may prove critical. The living room has one window that is on exactly the same bearing as the kitchen window, the same wall. Then it has another window in what forms a shallow extension, a slightly offset wall. The second window on this wall pokes out a little bit. That may become important in blood spatter analysis later.
The rear end of the apartment is not a straight line. Out of the living room patio door is a small breakfast patio. Out of the parent’s bedroom patio door is an even smaller sliver of the same patio. This is because the parent’s bedroom sticks out into the patio more than the living room.
Next, the wardrobes. The photos suggest that in both bedrooms, the wardrobe was inbuilt, and to the right of the door as you entered. It looks like a double wardrobe in the parent’s room. The children’s room is harder to interpret. There is a built-in wardrobe immediately to the side of the door. Then it seems to go to nothing. Just a wall. A lot of useful space that seems to be used for nothing. The outside photos show lots of electrical boxes residing in this space. Is that what is taking up this space?
A summary of this crime scene is – Kate searched the site. Some friends searched the site. Other people seem to have been in the flat. The GNR searched the site. The PJ arrived. Kate, Gerry and the twins were moved to another apartment. The PJ then photographed what remained. Now it is over to you.