According to a new report, a Bulgarian woman by the name of Luisa Todorov was on the resort shortly before Maddie disappeared. The 58-year-old waitress, who worked at the restaurant where Kate and Gerry dined, was also spotted about half an hour later in the vicinity. Her behavior was described as "acting bizarrely" and "watching intently."
The Portuguese police have been trying to identify the "woman in purple" for a long time, but they did not realize that it was Luisa, who already gave a statement to the cops as an employee of the nearby restaurant.
"I have been combing through all the police files trying to identify who the woman in purple could be," said Spanish criminalogist Heriberto Janosch Gonzalez. "It has been widely reported that Yard officers are in Bulgaria. Examining all the known statements it seems highly likely the police are seeking the Todorovs as they are the only known people with a clear link to Bulgaria."
This isn't the first time that Bulgaria has come up during the investigation. According to Gonzalez, in 2007, they received a tip from a British woman who claimed to have seen a child that resembled Maddie at Varna airport in Bulgaria. Unfortunately, their search was to no avail.
"I have been unable to trace them in Portugal and believe they could have moved away," Gonzalez continued. "It is widely known that many workers at the Ocean Club were made redundant so it is possible they went to Bulgaria seeking work."
The Scotland Yard and the Metropolitan Police have been given a combined total of about $16 million to extend their investigation and locate Luisa. So far, she has not been found.
As for Kate and Gerry, they're holding out hope that their daughter is still alive and maybe this witness will have the answers they want to hear.