One of the first private detectives hired to investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has reportedly been found dead.
Kevin Halligen, 56, fell unwell at a home in Surrey, south-east England, and died last week, according to the Telegraph.
Police are treating the death as “unexplained”, the newspapers reports.
“We were called to an address in Cobbett Hill Road, Normandy, Guildford, on Monday following a report of a man in his 50s having been taken unwell, who subsequently died,” a Surrey Police spokesman said.
“The death is being treated as unexplained and a file will be passed to the coroner’s office in due course.”
Halligen was employed by Kate and Gerry McCann in 2008 to investigate the high-profile case of their missing daughter, who disappeared from the family’s holiday apartment in Portugal on May 3, 2007.
He was accused of conning the fund out of £300,000 before his contract was terminated.
In 2013, Halligen was sentenced to 41 months in a US prison in an unrelated fraud case.
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