There are of course indications from the cadaver dog Eddie and bloodhound Keela that there was a human corpse in Apartment 5A, the McCanns' apartment. The McCanns' formal response to that has been to say that the 'evidence' of these highly-trained sniffer dogs employed by one of the world's top dog handlers is 'notoriously unreliable' [interview with Sandra Felgueira, Portuguese TV]and that there is no other corroborative forensic evidence.
But we do have clues from the lips of Dr Gerald McCann himself and from the McCanns' chief public relations adviser, Clarence Mitchell.
On a Spanish TV programme, Dr Gerald McCann recently referred, inadvertently it seemed, to 'the night we found her', rather than 'the night she was abducted'.
On 11 December 2009, Dr Gerald McCann unaccountably made this statement: "There is no evidence that we were involved in Madeleine’s death”.
Even the McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell referred in a TV interview to 'Madeleine's death'.
We might also legitimately ask ourselves what Dr Geral McCann meant when, barely a month after Madeleine had been reported missing, he said: "I have no doubt we will be able to sustain a high profile for Madeleine’s disappearance in the long-term”.