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Body of ‘James Bond-style’ private investigator hired by relatives of Madeleine McCann accused of conning relatives out of £300,000 found dripping in blood at his Surrey mansion

THE blood-soaked remains of a private investigator who investigated Madeleine McCann’s disappearance has been found at his mansion.

Kevin Halligen, 56, dubbed a “cloak-and-dagger, James Bond-style spy”, took the high-profile case in Mar 2008.

 Kevin Halligen has been found upheld at his home in Surrey
Kevin Halligen has been found upheld at his home in Surrey

And while Halligen was hired by the McCanns he was concerned in a brawl and accused of conning the fund to find their daughter by vital a intemperate lifestyle during his probe, but producing no results.

It was claimed he took up to £300,000 before his agreement was terminated.

But poser now surrounds his death, with cops rising an investigation.

A former co-worker told MailOnline: “The residence was covered in blood but apparently that was from Kevin descending down so much.

 Years later, and the hunt for Maddie still continues
Years later, and the hunt for Maddie still continues

“His physique is now in the morgue.

“The police are looking into it.”

His death is being treated as unexplained but a source who knew the Dublin-born debt-ridden private eye contend he was “a boozer” and “drink was fundamentally his downfall”.

Former alloy Kate, 49, now a medical worker formerly told how the family had suffered “a utterly bad experience” with Halligen, who she knew as Richard.

She described the distress he put them by in her best seller 2011 book “Madeleine.”

Halligen was CEO of private investigators Oakley International when he was hired by the McCanns.

Kate recalled: “Oakley’s offer and altogether strategy were streets brazen of all the others we’d deliberate and the company came rarely recommended.”

 Kate and Gerry McCann have affianced to do all they can to find out what happened to their daughter
Kate and Gerry McCann have affianced to do all they can to find out what happened to their daughter
 The apartments at the Ocean Club in Luz in the Algarve, Portugal, where Madeleine McCann went missing
The apartments at the Ocean Club in Luz in the Algarve, Portugal, where Madeleine McCann went missing
 Cops have launched an review into his death
Cops have launched an review into his death

Initially Kate and heart alloy Gerry, 49, from Rothley, Leicestershire, were tender with Halligen’s work with Kate writing: “There is little doubt that swell was being made.”

But the couple after started to have grave concerns and motionless to cancel his £500,000 agreement in Sep 2008.

Kate recalled: “It was utterly hostile and unfortunately that was not the finish of it.”

Several months after investigators sub-contracted by Halligen came brazen demanding remuneration for his services which they hadn’t received.

Kate said: “We were dissapoint that, nonetheless a lot of tough work had been finished on Madeleine’s behalf, it seemed income supposing by her fund competence not ever have reached the people who had warranted it.”

In Nov 2009 The McCann’s found out Halligen had been arrested on guess of rascal after a inequality in a hotel bill.

KATE and Gerry McCann hired 4 opposite firms of private eyes over 4 years before Op Grange was launched in May 2011 to the cost of the British taxpayer.

Firstly they employed Control Risks Group in May 2007 shortly after Maddie vanished. They hired Spaniards Metodo 3 in Oct 2007 but sacked them when M3 boss Francisco boasted: “Madeleine will be home by Christmas.”

Next came private investigators Oakley International, an A-team of former British special forces soldiers and US confidence agents run by Brit Kevin Halligen, from Mar to Sep 2008. But they were ditched when Halligen was after unprotected as a conman.

He is purported to have fleeced the Maddie Fund out of £150,000 with fraudulent invoices and arrogant expenses.

A fourth group assisting out after Portuguese police suspended their review in summer 2008 were Alpha Investigations run by ex-RUC officer David Edgar and former Merseyside investigator Arthur Cowley. But they stepped down after scarcely 3 years when the Met Police came on board.

A close companion of Maddie’s relatives told The Sun Online: “The man was a fantasist. He betrothed lots of things that never happened.

“He even claimed McCann spoke Clarence Mitchell was operative for MI5!

“Kate and Gerry and Madeleine’s good uncle Brian Kennedy, who had brought him on board, were bitterly unhappy with him towards the finish of his contract.

“They didn’t need the additional grief, they already had enough.

“In the finish they took issue and had to secrete his final payment.

“He just ran divided from his debts around the world.

“Maddie’s relatives adhere onto a spark of wish their eldest child – who would now be aged 14 – could still be alive.”

McCann orator Clarence Mitchell pronounced today: “They had no serve organisation with Kevin Halligen after the stop of his Oakley International agreement 9 years ago and under these resources they will not be commenting now.

“Clearly this is a matter for the police and coroner’s office.”

Surrey Police pronounced in a statement: “We were called to an residence in Cobbett Hill Road, Normandy, Guildford, on Monday following a report of a man in his 50s having been taken unwell, who subsequently died.

“The death is being treated as unexplained and a file will be upheld to the coroner’s bureau in due course.”


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