'Jailed killer holds key to Maddie hunt'; Plea by lost lad's mum

14 June 2010
The Sun

A MUM yesterday urged cops to quiz a jailed killer she believes has the key to finding her son and Madeleine McCann.

Charles O'Neill is said to have been in Portugal when Maddie, three, was snatched in 2007.

Two months earlier he was in Gran Canaria when Jeremy Vargus, seven, vanished. Jeremy's mum Ithaisa Suarez, 27, said: "I believe he might know where they are, or what happened to them.

"They're identical cases.

Children who vanished in minutes, leaving no trace. He's a vile monster and should be questioned again."

O'Neill, 47, and his gay lover William Lauchlan were jailed for life last Thursday for murdering mum-of-three Allison McGarrigle in Ayrshire, Scotland — to stop her exposing them for child abuse.

The pair had earlier done time for drugging and abusing youngsters. O'Neill has refused to meet detectives working for Maddie's parents Kate and Gerry McCann. Ithaisa said: "He was interviewed by police looking for Jeremy. They found no evidence. But if he didn't do it, he may know who did."

She said Spanish police told her they believe Maddie and Jeremy may have been targets of the same gang.

Ithaisa is in regular contact with Kate, of Leicestershire, England.

She said: "Like Kate I will never give up looking."

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