McCanns issue sketch of possible abductor

LONDON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The family of Madeleine McCann released two sketches Sunday of a man who may be linked to the missing British child's disappearance.

5-year-old girl disappears in Spain

HUELVA, Spain, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Portuguese police are helping search for a 5-year-old Spanish girl who disappeared in circumstances similar to Britain's Madeleine McCann.

Missing girl's father denies movie deal

LONDON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The father of missing British girl Madeleine McCann denied that the family was brokering a film deal to help pay for search costs.

Parents of missing girl broker film deal

LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann are brokering book, interview and movie deals to help pay for search costs.

McCann parents back to suspect status

LISBON, Portugal, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Portuguese police investigating the disappearance of a British girl have placed her parents back on their list as prime suspects, the Daily Mail said Thursday.

Sisters offer information on missing child

PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Two sisters say they saw suspicious looking men near the apartment of Madeleine McCann shortly before she disappeared in Portugal in May.

Christmas plea brings Madeleine tips

ROTHLEY, England, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A Christmas plea by the parents of Madeleine McCann shown worldwide produced hundreds of tip calls Tuesday but the British girl remained missing.

Pedophile singled out in missing-girl case

ALGARVE, Portugal, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Police are focusing on one British pedophile in the investigation into the disappearance of 4-year-old Madeleine McCann, Sky News said.

McCanns appeal for potential witnesses

BIRMINGHAM, England, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The parents of Madeleine McCann, the 4-year-old girl who disappeared in Portugal, have appealed to anyone staying in Praia da Luz at the time to come forward.

Portuguese A.G.: Madeleine likely dead

LISBON, Portugal, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The Portuguese attorney general said he believed that 4-year-old Madeleine McCann is almost certainly dead.

New witness emerges in Madeleine case

PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A witness in the Madeleine McCann case claims she saw a woman pass the missing girl to another man in central Portugal two days after the reported abduction.

Woman insists she saw toddler kidnapped

PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A friend of Madeleine McCann's parents says she is convinced she saw the girl being kidnapped, despite those who call her a "liar and a fantasist."

Madeleine McCann believed to be dead

LONDON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The parents of missing 4-year-old Madeleine McCann were said to be “dismayed but realistic” that police in Portugal are looking for a body.

1st Madeleine suspect wants to be cleared

PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A British man living in a Portuguese resort has asked police to clear him as a suspect in the disappearance of 4-year-old Madeleine McCann.

Madeleine police team shrinks to four

PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The investigation of a missing British toddler in Portugal has been scaled back radically after myriad police leaks and no sign of the girl's whereabouts.
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Madeleine McCann disappeared on the evening of Thursday, 3 May 2007, while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in the Algarve region of Portugal. The British girl went missing from an apartment, in the central area of the resort of Praia da Luz, a few days before her fourth birthday, and has still not been found. Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have said that they left the children unsupervised in a ground floor bedroom while they ate at a restaurant about 130 yards (120 metres) away.

The initial investigation by the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) (the Portuguese criminal investigation police) was based on the assumption that she had been abducted. After further investigation, the PJ stated that there was a strong hypothesis that she might have died in her room. During the investigation there were a number of unconfirmed claimed sightings of Madeleine in Portugal and elsewhere and additional scientific evidence was obtained. The investigation involved the co-operation of the British and Portuguese police and demonstrated the differing methodologies employed by each, with regard to such aspects as the amount of information released to the public and the legal status of those involved in the case.

Robert Murat, a local resident, was given arguido (suspect) status on 15 May 2007. Kate and Gerry McCann were also named as arguidos on 7 September, but were allowed to fly back to the United Kingdom on 9 September. All three were cleared, with their arguido status lifted, on 21 July 2008. The Portuguese Attorney General archived the case, also on 21 July. The case can be reopened if new evidence emerges.

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