Blood-soaked body of 'James Bond-style' private eye who conned the fund to find Maddie McCann out of £300,000 is found at his Surrey mansion

by Steve Anderson, Daily Mail:

  • EXCLUSIVE: Mystery surrounds the death of private detective Kevin Halligen, 56
  • His body was found at a Surrey mansion and police have launched a probe
  • Halligen took over the private investigation into the McCann case in May 2008 but was later accused of conning the family fund out of £300,000

The blood-soaked body of a private detective who probed the disappearance of Maddie McCann has been found at his Surrey mansion.

Mystery surrounds the death of Kevin Halligen, 56, who is said to have presented himself as a 'cloak-and-dagger, James Bond-style spy'. Police today confirmed to MailOnline today that a probe has been launched into the circumstances.

Halligen took over the private investigation into the McCann case in March 2008 but was later 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 suggestion that she was involved in his death. Sources said the house was 'covered in blood'. 

Kevin Halligen, 56, pictured, was found dead in a Surrey mansion. Police have launched an investigation into the death which is being treated as 'unexplained', a spokesman said  

Kevin Halligen, 56, pictured, was found dead in a Surrey mansion. Police have launched an investigation into the death which is being treated as 'unexplained', a spokesman said
 

A spokesman for Surrey Police said today: '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.'

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

Former associates of Halligen described him as a heavy drinker. One ex-colleague told MailOnline: 'The house was covered in blood but apparently that was from Kevin falling down so much.

'His body 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 alcohol finally caught up with him.'

Another source told MailOnline: 'He died at his girlfriend's place near Guildford, a miserable pathetic death caused by alcohol.'

The McCanns hired Halligen's firm in a bid to boost the search for Maddie after failing to come up with any plausible leads one year after she went missing.

They agreed a £500,000 fee with Oakley International, which was described by a source close to the family as 'extremely secretive' but 'absolutely the best'.

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