08/24/2008: "UK Private Investigator Blog - "Madeline P.I. Search costs £500K""
There was an article in the Independent this week that was passed around UK Investigator Associations. Apparently the Madeline McCann fund paid a US-based detective agency £500,000 (roughly $1 Million) for it’s services to try and locate the missing toddler.
The detective company searched through CCTV footage, manned the phone lines waiting for tips and carried out an array of P.I. work over a 6 month period. The British millionaire funding the charity decided not to renew the agency’s contract stating that the monthly bills of £80,000 were “disproportionately high given its results”.
The parents issued a statement saying they were interested in employing the best persons and resources to find their daughter and won’t comment on personal, financial or operational details of the search.
My heart still goes out to Gerry and Kate, and I knew as soon as it was announced they were hiring private investigators the cost of conducting this search for Madeline would be very complex. In such cases the bill was always going to be very high.