09:25 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 04/25/2012 09:35AM
Missing Madeleine McCann may still be alive, according to British detectives leading the investigation, who revealed Wednesday that they are pursuing "promising" new lines of inquiry.
According to Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who's heading a team of 35 officers, after combing through nearly 100,000 pages of evidence, they hope to persuade Portuguese authorities to reopen the case.
Redwood says they are about one quarter of the way through and, so far, have discovered, "some other very promising lines of inquiry – which is very good for the future."
Originally posted 05/12/2011 07:30AM
Madeleine McCann's parents are marking her 8th birthday Thursday with a new book and renewed vows that their missing daughter will not be forgotten.
In the book, simply called Madeleine, Kate McCann describes the moment she entered the British family's rental apartment in Praia de Luz, Portugal, at 10 p.m. on May 3, 2007, and realized Madeleine's bed was empty.
Seeing the windows open, Kate writes that she felt "nausea, terror, disbelief, fear. Icy fear," and said to herself: "Dear God, no! Please, no!"
Originally posted 05/25/2010 11:30AM
Investigators are set to meet with a middle-aged Portuguese man who has come forward with a possible clue in disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Carlos Moreira, 65, told Britain's Sun that he saw a blonde girl asleep in a white van near Lisbon, Portugal, a day after McCann went missing on May 3, 2007.
"She was wearing a two-piece pajama set, pink and white or yellow," he told the newspaper, adding that she was "lying on a pile of clothes in the back."
"She moved one of her fingers but she was deeply asleep," he said. "When the van door was opened, she did not wake up as if she was drugged."
Originally posted 05/03/2010 07:45AM
Gerry and Kate McCann are thanking supporters and vowing to continue their search for daughter Madeleine as they mark the third anniversary of her disappearance while on holiday in Portugal.
A note posted to findmadeleine.com this weekend reads: "Thank you to everyone who has stayed with us during the past three years – hoping, praying and supporting our efforts to find Madeleine and bring her home. We know we couldn't have achieved as much as we have without this help.
"Milestones and anniversaries are never easy, but the work to find our little Madeleine will continue regardless, with the same determination and tenacity as it always has and for as long as it takes.
"It might be three years without Madeleine but it certainly doesn't feel like we're at the end of the line – far from it.
"Madeleine. Still missing, still missed, still looking!"
Originally posted 11/03/2009 09:20AM
More than two years after then-3-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from her parents' rented vacation bungalow in Portugal, police are releasing a new rendering of what the girl might look like now.
The video, released by the U.K. Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center, shows Madeleine as she might look at age 6, including a variant, with darker skin, that imagines she may have grown up in northern Africa. Madeleine's parents hope that someone seeing the new image will recognize Madeleine and give authorities information about her whereabouts.
"We need it to be spread far and wide, and for those people to be exposed to this message as many times as possible," Madeleine's father, Gerald McCann, said.
– Michael Y. Park
Originally posted 05/22/2009 02:10PM
A former soldier is the latest person linked to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann two years ago.
Raymond Hewlett, 64, is said to have been staying with his family in a motorhome about an hour's drive from the Praia da Luz resort where the McCanns were vacationing in May 2007. He has now been tracked, by a British newspaper, to a hospital in Germany, where he is being treated for throat cancer.
Hewlett is said by the reports in the U.K. to be a convicted pedophile with a history of sex attacks on young girls over more than 30 years. Now police forces in the U.K. are looking into possibly extraditing him from Germany so he can questioned over some existing cases.
Originally posted 05/07/2009 08:45AM
Could a sketch of a man seen near the apartment where Madeleine McCann vanished two years ago provide new clues in the hunt to find the child?
At least, that is the hope of her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, who are participating in a new film alongside a team of detectives they hired to help re-investigate the case.
Originally posted 05/01/2009 03:10PM
Two years ago, 3-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared while her parents were at dinner during a family vacation in Portugal.
Now, the McCanns are speaking out in a heartbreaking new interview to air on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the day after the anniversary of her disappearance.
When asked whether she allows herself to imagine the worst, Kate McCann, who was once a suspect in the unsolved case with her husband Gerry, reveals, "I do. As a mom, inevitably there are times when I do. There are the times that I kind of dip down."
And does she suspect an abductor spent time watching the family before Madeleine disappeared, Kate says, "It makes you feel sick, actually, when you think about it."
Originally posted 04/22/2009 12:20PM
Two years after little Madeleine McCann disappeared, her parents are stepping up their campaign to ensure that she is not forgotten.
Gerry and Kate McCan, who were once treated as suspects in the case, headed to the U.S. Wednesday as they prepared to appear on a special Oprah Winfrey Show airing May 4 – a day after the two-year anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.
Originally posted 11/10/2008 11:30AM
Eighteen months after their child's disappearance and nearly four months after Portuguese police officially closed the books on their probe, the parents of Madeleine McCann have revealed they are only a fraction of the way through analyzing voluminous files relating to the unsolved case.
Writing a rare blog on a Web site dedicated to finding Madeleine, her father, Dr. Gerry McCann, says on behalf of himself and wife Kate (also a doctor), "We continue to work very hard behind the scenes. Our support team has been expanded as we try to identify what has been done, what has not been done and what can still be done to help find Madeleine."
He adds, "We are not yet halfway through the Portuguese files but there is less information within the files than we were expecting."
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