The blood-soaked physique of a private questioner who probed the disappearance of Maddie McCann has been found at his Surrey mansion.
Mystery surrounds the death of Kevin Halligen, 56, who is pronounced to have presented himself as a ‘cloak-and-dagger, James Bond-style spy’. Police currently reliable to MailOnline currently that a examine has been launched into the circumstances.
Halligen took over the private review into the McCann case in Mar 2008 but was after accused of conning the family fund out of £300,000.
It is believed he was found at the home he shared with his long-term girlfriend. There is no idea that she was endangered in his death. Sources pronounced the residence was ‘covered in blood’.
Kevin Halligen, 56, pictured, was found passed in a Surrey mansion. Police have launched an review into the death which is being treated as ‘unexplained’, a orator said
A orator for Surrey Police pronounced today: ‘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.’
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 associates of Halligen described him as a complicated drinker. One ex-colleague told MailOnline: ‘The residence was covered in blood but apparently that was from Kevin descending down so much.
‘His physique is now in the morgue. The police are looking into it.’
Defence consultant Tim Craig-Harvey, a former associate of Halligen, wrote online: ‘The lies and ethanol finally held up with him.’
Another source told MailOnline: ‘He died at his girlfriend’s place nearby Guildford, a miserable pitiable death caused by alcohol.’
The McCanns hired Halligen’s organisation in a bid to boost the hunt for Maddie after unwell to come up with any trustworthy leads one year after she went missing.
They concluded a £500,000 price with Oakley International, which was described by a source close to the family as ‘extremely secretive’ but ‘absolutely the best’.
Halligen took over the private review into the McCann case in Mar 2008 but was after accused of conning the family fund out of £300,000
Defence consultant Tim Craig-Harvey, a former associate of Halligen, wrote online: ‘The lies and ethanol finally held up with him’
Kate and Gerry McCann were primarily tender by Dublin-born Halligen, desiring he ‘was in a opposite league’ to other private investigators.
He boasted of contracting ex-FBI, CIA and Special forces officers while charity clandestine notice and comprehension entertainment in Portugal.
The questioner even pronounced he could yield satellite imagery and sum of write traffic from the night Madeleine disappeared.
But within a year, questions began to emerge about Oakley and Halligen in particular.
Researchers claimed that the organisation had not looked into hundreds of calls finished to a special hotline – while specialists found that their bills were unpaid.
The betrothed satellite images also allegedly incited out to have been grabbed from Google Earth.
Kate and Gerry McCann were primarily tender by Dublin-born Halligen, desiring he ‘was in a opposite league’ to other private investigators
Six months into the highly-paid assignment, the McCanns were flourishing increasingly endangered about Halligen.
A family crony said: ‘He had this clarity of cloak-and-dagger, behaving as if he were a James Bond-style spy.
‘The McCanns found him tough to understanding with, given he was perpetually in another country and using opposite phones. He betrothed the earth but it came to nothing.’
The agreement was consummated early after £300,000 had been paid to Halligen.
Kate recalled: “Oakley’s offer and altogether strategy were streets brazen of all the others we’d deliberate and the company came rarely recommended.”
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.’
The McCanns hired Halligen’s organisation in a bid to boost the hunt for Maddie (pictured) after unwell to come up with any trustworthy leads one year after she went missing
But the couple after started to have grave concerns and motionless to pouch him in Sep 2008 terminating his £500,000 contract.
Kate recalled: ‘It was utterly hostile and unfortunately that was not the finish of it.’
Several months after investigators sub engaged by Halligen shaft 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.’
MailOnline understands that family pennyless down after the detective’s group detected he was enjoying a intemperate lifestyle, staying in the best hotels and eating at the top restaurants in London – all at the responsibility of the Find Madeleine fund.
Former alloy Kate, 49, now a medical worker formerly told how the family had suffered ‘a quite bad experience’ with Halligen, who she knew as Richard. She described the distress he put them by in her best seller 2011 book ‘Madeleine’.
Colleagues pronounced that distant from being an consultant in clandestine operations, Halligen was ‘out of his depth’ with ‘no knowledge of such investigations.’
There is no idea that any former associates are endangered in the death of Kevin Halligen.
After being sacked from the McCann review in 2009, Halligen was arrested in the UK and extradited to America on rascal charges for an separate case
He pleaded guilty to defrauding Trafigura, formed in the Netherlands, who had hired him to help free two company executives arrested in Ivory Coast in 2006.
He perceived about $12 million to yield ‘security, comprehension and open relations’.
Trafigura gave Halligen an additional $2.1 million to ‘hire lobbyists and change officials in the United States on Trafigura’s behalf’.
The next day, Halligen used scarcely $1.7 million of that income to buy a vast home with a swimming pool.
The Washington Post reported at the time: ‘Owners of Washington restaurants remember him spending thousands on long, boozy days and evenings. He trafficked everywhere in a chauffeured Lincoln.’
One grill owners pronounced he and his staff called Halligen ‘James Bond’ given of his stories of spy derring-do and his robe of tossing around outrageous sums of cash.
It is believed he was found at the home of his long-term girlfriend, which is among the private Henley Park gated community (pictured) in Guildford
His rascal self-assurance carried a limit of 20 years in prison, but under sovereign sentencing discipline he would offer no some-more than 41 months.
As he had been in control available hearing for 42 months, he was liberated and deported, returning to his hearth of Dublin.
In 2014, Kevin Halligen finished a singular open appearance, similar to be interviewed for a Channel 5 documentary – The McCanns and The Conman.
He denied that he dissipated income lifted to find Madeleine. Answering claims that he spent the income on first category travel, oppulance hotel suites and a chauffeur, he said: ‘It is sum exaggeration of what was actually happening.’
A source close to Kate and Gerry McCann pronounced they had consummated their agreement with Oakley general in Sep 2008 and had not had anything to do with Kevin Halligen since.
‘Clearly this is now a matter for the police and the Coroner’s office,’ the insider said.
A close companion of Maddie’s relatives said: ‘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 bitterny 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.”
The hunt for Madeleine McCann continues, some-more than 10-and-a-half years after her disappearance.
A group from Scotland Yard has been probing the case given 2011 at a cost to the British taxpayer of some-more than £11.3million. Portuguese police have lead standing in the investigation.
In Oct 2017, the Home Office allocated an additional £154,000 to Scotland Yard to pursue a ‘critical line of inquiry’ and extend the hunt to the finish of Mar 2018.
Clarence Mitchell, orator for Kate and Gerry McCann 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.