September 24, 2007 Private security team hired by Kate and Gerry McCann for secret investigation [Source] David Brown in Praia da Luz and Patrick Foster A private security firm has been secretly investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann for four months because her parents feared that Portuguese police were failing properly to search for their daughter. Control Risks Group (CRG) is believed to have been checking reported sightings of Madeleine from around the world and building up profiles of likely abductors. Kate and Gerry McCann turned to the company, which employs former members of the intelligence services and special forces, after becoming concerned that officers in the Algarve assumed their daughter was dead. A source close to the couples legal team confirmed that CRG had been working with the family since May but refused to discuss how the company was being paid. A source close to the couples legal team confirmed that CRG had been working with the family since May but refused to discuss how the company was being paid. Control Risks are one of the groups whove offered their services to the McCanns, he said. You can assume that they are doing some things that the Portuguese police cant do. Friends of the couple said the decision showed that they believed Madeleine may still be alive 144 days after she was reported missing from the bedroom of her holiday apartment in Praia da Luz. More at the link above.