The disappearance of little Maddie – Madeleine Beth McCann – from 2007 is making headlines again! The British girl disappeared from a Portuguese holiday resort in Praia de Luz at the age of three – and has been missing since then. The parents Kate and Gerry McCann took several measures to find her daughter, but the search was unsuccessful. After Netflix reopened the case in a documentary, there is now – 13 years later – a suspect. But until then it was a long way – Promiflash has summarized the most important stages of the missing person case for you.
Maddie’s disappearance and first police investigation
While the McCanns were on vacation in the Algarve in Portugal in 2007, their little daughter Madeleine disappeared. After Kate and Gerry After spending the evening of May 3rd in a restaurant, they noticed that their children had disappeared from the apartment. The parents informed the Portuguese police. The police then searched the apartment complex and the surrounding area for several days. The commissioners suspected a kidnapping.
The parents particularly saw media attention as a way to find their daughter. For example, they called on British television for help from the population in the hope of finding new clues. However, their presence in the media and the involvement of the public also met with criticism. In addition to various campaigns, Kate and Gerry also a trip through Europe to ask the people for help.
Some celebrities also spoke up about the missing person case. So the football star Cristiano Ronaldo (35) called the British broadcaster MUTV to help: “I was very dismayed to hear of Madeleine McCann’s kidnapping and I appeal to anyone who has information to report. Please report.” In addition, David Beckham (45) and J.K. Rowling (54) the search campaign. The Harry Potter author is said to have helped mother Kate write the book “Madeleine”.
In the meantime, however, there was also speculation about whether the parents themselves were responsible for their daughter’s disappearance. The reason for this was, on the one hand, traces of blood that were found in the apartment, on the other hand, the investigators also discovered traces of blood in Kate’s rental car. In retrospect, these could not be clearly assigned to Maddie.
Netflix is taking care of it
In 2019, the U.S. streaming service released Netflix the documentary series Madeleine McCann’s disappearancethat spans eight episodes. The media company rolled out the case again twelve years later – and illuminated the details of the case with various interview partners and recordings. Investigator Jim Gamble is hopeful in the format: “I firmly believe that we will find out what happened to Maddie.” However, the parents of little Maddie do not have a say in the documentary.
There is a suspect
Only recently there was new evidence about Maddie’s disappearance – there is now a suspect. This gave the case a high presence in the media again, including the ZDF program “Case number XY“the new insights Press portal announced that the Braunschweig public prosecutor was investigating “against a 43-year-old German citizen on suspicion of murder”. The man was a criminal sex offender.
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