It was the evening of May 3, 2007, at a luxury resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal, when 3-year-old Madeleine McCann vanished from her parent’s apartment while on holiday with her family.
Around 8:30 p.m. that night, Madeleine’s parents, Gerry & Kate McCann, left their daughter and her twin siblings alone in a bedroom of their apartment, joining several friends at the resort’s tapas restaurant just a two-minute walk away. Fearing their children could be trapped should a fire break-out, the McCann’s decided not to lock their doors. Instead, the parents opted to take turns checking on the sleeping children every 30 minutes.
Around 10 p.m. that night, Madeleine’s mother went to check the apartment and found a shutter ajar and the bedroom window wide open. The 3-year-old girl was just nine days shy of her 4th birthday when she vanished without a trace.
Police in Portugal have put together a new team of detectives to assist Scotland Yard in the hunt for Madeleine McCann. They have been told to help officers from the Met and have been given a long list of people British police want them to interview about Madeleine’s disappearance in 2007 while on holiday with her parents in the Algarve. None of the detectives involved in the shambolic initial Portuguese investigation is thought to have been chosen. The new team is expected to start work in the next few weeks. It will question more than 30 ‘people of interest’, thought to include a taxi driver who thinks he may have picked up Madeleine, then aged three, the night after she vanished from her hotel while her parents were at a tapas bar 50 yards away.
Portugal police have assembled a new team of detectives to assist Scotland Yard’s investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who went missing in Portugal six years ago. The newly assembled Portugal team will make inquires and question witnesses on behalf of Scotland Yard. British police launched a new investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance in July and believe she may still be alive, having found no evidence to prove otherwise. "We have visited Portugal on 16 occasions," said Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood. "The Portuguese have worked with us. We are working carefully and closely together now in order to progress this case." British detectives decided to open a new case after uncovering what they said was new evidence from reviewing 30,000 documents and carrying out new witness interviews.