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PJ Files: The Tapas Group's Statements *


Members of the 'Tapas Group' gather on the morning of 04 May 2007

On the morning of 04 May 2007, members of the 'Tapas Group' gather, before travelling to police offices in Portimão for questioning.
Left to right: David Payne (striped jersey), Jane Tanner, Kate Healy (McCann), Gerry McCann (with red rucksack, obscured) and Matthew Oldfield.

The first two 'Tapas Group' timelines written by Russell O'Brien on the ripped off cover of Madeleine's sticker book, 04 May 2007
Maddie's sticker book, front cover
Maddie's sticker book, front cover

Maddie's sticker book, with timeline on inside cover
Maddie's sticker book, with timeline on inside cover

Maddie's sticker book, with 2nd timeline on inside cover
Maddie's sticker book, with 2nd timeline on inside cover

Maddie's sticker book, back cover
Maddie's sticker book, back cover

Madeleine's sticker book, 03/04 May 2007
Timeline 1 (as per sticker book above)
8:45. pm
Matt returns 9.00-9.05 - listened at all 3
                               - all shutters down
Jerry 9.10-9.15 in the room + all well
                      ? did he check
9.20/5 - Ella Jane checked 5D sees stranger & child
9.30 - Russ. Ella Matt check all 3
9.35 - Matt check see twins
9.50 - Russ returns
9.55 - Kate realised Madeleine
10pm - Alarm raised
Timeline 2 (as per sticker book above)
8.45pm. all assembled at poolside for food
9.00pm. Matt Oldfield listens at all 3 windows 5A, B, D ALL shutters down
9:15pm Gerry McCann looks at room A ? Door open to bedroom
9:20pm Jane Tanner checks 5D - [sees stranger walking carrying a child]
9.30 Russell O'Brien in 5D. Poorly daughter
10:00pm. Alarm raised after Kate
Madeleine's book

Madeleine's parents ripped off both covers, the front and the back, from a book belonging to Madeleine, in order to write on the inside the timing for each person. Russell O'Brien was involved with the drawing up of the timing. The book was seized by the GNR on the night of the disappearance. These covers would be attached to the case file, as elements of the investigation, on September 7th 2007, although seized during the night of 3rd to 4th May. Here are the terms on which the seizure document was based.

Terms of seizure:

At this time, it is considered of interest to the investigation to attach to the present deed, two covers of a child's book, on the inside covers of which is a schedule for supervision, hand-written by one of the McCann couple's group of friends and participant in this deed by name of Russell O'Brien.
Extract from Russell O'Brien's rogatory interview:
'But anyway Dave Payne said to, errm... there were two members of the PJ had arrived, there was a guy I remember being almost shaved bald head, quite dark complexion, and a second one who we kind of nicknamed 'baby face', who did our fingerprinting about a week later, errm... and those two were there and Dave was... was saying, you know, 'Shouldn't we', you know, 'Why are we sitting here, shouldn't you be on the radio, shouldn't there be more people here, shouldn't there be...', you know, 'this should be on the radio, it should be on the television' and, errm... I recall 'baby face', or his colleague, saying 'No media', and, you know... and that was full-stop and then turning round to me writing the timeline and saying 'That's what we want', fair enough. Errm... huh, and that's really it.

First Interviews: 04 May 2007

Gerry McCann - 11h15, 04 May 2007
Jane Tanner - 11h30, 04 May 2007
Matthew Oldfield - 11h30, 04 May 2007
Kate McCann - 14h20, 04 May 2007
David Payne - 14h45, 04 May 2007

Fiona Payne - 19h20, 04 May 2007
Rachael Mampilly (Oldfield) - 19h20, 04 May 2007

Dianne Webster, 04 May 2007

Filmed during the day of 04 May 2007, Dianne Webster (centre, with black sunglasses) appears reluctant to show her face.

Dianne Webster - 20h45, 04 May 2007

Russell O'Brien - 21h45, 04 May 2007
Comparison of statements made to the PJ by the McCanns and the Tapas Seven on 04 May 2007
Comparison of statements made to the PJ by the McCanns and the Tapas Seven on 04 May 2007
Many thanks to Lesly Finn for compiling this list
Monday, 2 March 2009
Was anything unusual noticed during the holiday?

Kate McCann - Nothing except on morning of 3rd May Madeleine asked her why she had not come to look in the bedroom when the twins were crying.

Gerry McCann - Nothing except on morning of 3rd May Madeleine asked her father why he had not come to look in the bedroom when the twins were crying.

Fiona Payne - Nothing noticed.

David Payne - Nothing noticed.

Matthew Oldfield - No, there was nothing unusual and he knows of nothing special happening. That the tourist complex was quiet and that nothing unusual happened there.

Rachael Oldfield - She never saw any suspicious behaviour, or ever had suspicions about anybody she came across, either in their independent activities or in the group with their children.

Dianne Webster - Nothing noticed.

What were the usual daily routines?

7.30 - 8.30 GM & KM - The day after arrival (29th April) went to Millennium for breakfast. They found it too far and from then on bought food in the supermarket and took breakfast in their apartment.
FP - Take breakfast as family in a bar at a club around 8.15/8.30.

DP - Concerning the remaining members of the group, normally they got up and went for breakfast at the "Millennium" restaurant, after which they left their children at the Kids Club and the adults went to do sports inside the tourist complex or they went to the beach.

DW - Concerning the usual routines, the informant states that she only spent part of each afternoon with her family and that not always. Sometimes she read, she went shopping or did other things. As for the mornings, she only had lunch one day with her family, Wednesday, because it was raining. On the other days, she spent the mornings playing tennis.

MO - In the morning, the group woke between 6.30 and 8am and that they all went on foot to the, "Millennium," around 10 minutes from the complex. That only Madeleine's parents, Madeleine and the twins had breakfast in their apartment due to the fact that they have three very small children.

RO - After breakfast, taken between 8 and 9 am in the Millennium restaurant, she takes her daughter to the Kids Club, about 10 minutes walk from the apartment. The other couples do exactly the same thing, with the exception of Gerry and Kate McCann who have breakfast in their apartment.

JT - Only Gerry and Kate have breakfast in their apartment due to the fact that they have three children and it is complicated walking with the three at the same time.

9.00/9.30 Children go to creche. [KM, GM, FP, DP, MO, RO, JT]

12.30 KM & GM - Children collected from creche and have lunch in their own apartment. After lunch children spend time around pool with parents for about 45 minutes before returning to creche.

DW - States the only day she ate lunch in the apartment was on Wednesday because it was raining.

MO - At lunchtime, the habit was to meet up in one of the apartments occupied by the group to have lunch there with the children. In the afternoon, the children have a sleep in their respective apartments under the supervision of an adult. The other adults do sporting activities within the complex. After their afternoon sleep, the children return to the "Kids Club."

FP - In afternoon their children take a nap while they stay in apartment. Around 15.30/16.00, nap over, they all go to pool or tennis courts until 18.00/19/00 when they return to apartment and put children to bed before going to join rest of the group at the Tapas restaurant for dinner.

RO - She went back to the Kids Club to pick up her daughter for lunch. She made her daughter's lunch and then they went to Russell O'Brien or David Payne's apartment, where they all ate together. Only Gerry and Kate McCann had lunch in their apartment with the twins and Madeleine. The interviewee has the impression that the McCann family had one lunch on the beach.

JT - Towards 12.30, they go to fetch their children from the respective rooms at the, "Kids Club," which close for lunch. Lunch was sometimes taken all together in the apartment of one of the couples. Towards 14.30, the "Kids Club" rooms open and only Madeleine, the twins and El** go back. The others stay with their respective parents.

MO - That around 16.45pm, the children eat at the "Tapas," restaurant inside the tourist complex. After eating, the children went to play in a playground in the complex, supervised by adults.

KM & GM - 17.00/17.30 the children eat their tea in a bar watched by parents. After tea children have bath and are prepared for night. Then play around in a playground next to the Tennis courts under parental supervision. Children put to bed at 20.00.

MO - At around 20.00, the children went to sleep and at around 20.30pm, the adults went to dinner at the "Tapas" restaurant. While they were eating, the children were sleeping in their respective apartments without the constant supervision of an adult. The interviewee adds that, as the restaurant is around 1 minute from the apartments, randomly, an adult would be going frequently to check on the children in the apartments. That during the meal, it was usual that every 15 minutes (as on all nights) one of the adults went to the apartments to check if the children were sleeping. That normally this checking was done inside the apartments (Visual checking), but that, to be honest, sometimes this checking was only done from the outside, near the bedroom windows (Auditory checking)

FP - During dinner neither she or her husband ever went to their apartment to check because they would have heard the slightest noise thanks to a baby monitor type intercom.

DP - States that during all the meals, he never went to his apartment or to any of the group's apartments, because he has an "intercom," and the signal carries from the apartment to the restaurant. The other members of the group went, randomly, every 20 minutes, to their apartments to make sure their respective children were asleep.

RO - They had the habit of going to eat every evening at the,"TAPAS," restaurant which is about 50 metres from the apartments as the crow flies but 60 or 70 metres round the building to the back entrance.

DW - To our question, the informant told us that given that her daughter had an intercom allowing them to hear if the children were shouting or crying, no one went to check on the spot. However, she reported that Kate and Gerald as well as other couples went a few times, on a regular basis, to make sure their children were OK.

JT - Usually, every 15 minutes one person from each apartment went to the respective rooms to make sure everything was OK.

ROB - While they were eating, it was normal that every 15 minutes, one person from each apartment went to make sure the children were OK.
Thursday 3rd May

KM & GM - No details of what they all did during that particular day.

FP - 3rd May routine slightly changed - she went to beach with her children, husband and mother. They arrived around 15.45 and came back to tennis courts at around 18.15. At 19.00 she returned to apartment with her children and mother. Her mother and husband bathed the children while she went jogging on beach until 20.00.

DW - Concerning the day yesterday (May 3rd), she went to the beach with the children, her son-in-law and her daughter. They arrived there at around 15.45pm and left at around 18.15pm to go to the tennis courts where she stayed until 19.00. The informant then went to the apartment with the small children and ten minutes later, her son-in-law, David, joined them. With her son-in-law's help, they bathed the children.

JT - Wasn't at breakfast because she had a tennis lesson scheduled for 9.00. Ev** must have been unwell because she didn't go to the "Kids Club" that day. Kate Healy and Dianne Webster came and waited 30 minutes for the tennis lesson to finish at 9.30. During the tennis lesson Kate Healy behaved normally. After the lesson, the interviewee and her partner, O'Brien, went with their daughter Ev** to the beach until 12.20. Then they had been to fetch El** from the "Kids Club" - she did not notice if Madeleine was still at the "Kids Club".
12.45 - 13.45 Lunched in their apartment with their two children together with Matthew Oldfield, Rachael Manpilly and their daughter.
14.00 Around 14.00 again played tennis with Rachael Manpilly this time. While she was playing tennis she saw Kate Healy and Gerald mcCann with their three children in the play area next to the
court. Kate waved to her. The mcCann family stayed in that play area until 14.40.
14.45 JT went back to her apartment where she stayed with her daughter Ev**. Her husband and Matthew Oldfield went sailing.
15.45 JT went to the Praia beach with her daughter, Rachael Manpilly, Diane Webster, Fiona Payne, and both Payne children. Her husband Russell O'Brien was back from his boat trip and he went to fetch El** from the "Kids Club." They joined the group at the beach until 18.10/18.15. On the way back to the beach, the group of friends saw Gerald McCann and Kate Healy having an individual tennis lesson. The children were not with them.
17.15 They saw Kate Healy jogging along the beach.
18.20 Russell O'Brien, Matthew Oldfield and David Payne had left the beach a little earlier to go to the tennis court for men's tennis night, and when the group came back from the beach at around 18.20 they went past the tennis court and they saw all the men, including Gerald McCann, on the court. They stayed to talk to them for around 20 to 30 minutes. Gerald McCann behaved normally. JT supposed that Kate was at the apartment putting the children to bed.
19.00 They went to their own apartments with the children. The interviewee bathed her two daughters, read them a story to send them to sleep. As Ev** was unwell and had difficulty going to
sleep, she stayed with her father who, meantime, had returned. 

Checking the children during the evening of 3rd May

KM - Every half hour she and her husband went to make sure children OK.

GM - Every half hour he or his wife went to make sure children OK.

FP - Kate & Gerry, as well as other couples, went a few times at regular intervals to make sure the children were OK.

DP - During the evening, Gerry, Jane and Matthew went, alternately, to their children's bedrooms to check if they were sleeping. He thinks they physically went into the apartments. He no longer remembers in what order they went see their children.

ROB - as Ev** was not well, the interval between checks (15 minutes) was reduced.
What happened during the evening of 3rd May

19.15/19.30 ROB returned to his apartment from the tennis court.

19.30 KM - Maddie and twins went to bed in their respective beds.

19.30 GM - Maddie and twins went to bed in their respective beds.

20.00 - 20.30 KM - Took a bath, did make-up. Drank glass of NZ wine with GM.

GM - After children in bed they stayed in apartment to relax and have drink of wine until 20.30.

20.30 KM - Just after 20.30 they checked children and joined the other adults of the group at the 'Tapas' restaurant about 50 metres away.

20.30 GM - After they had checked the children they, accompanied by other adults, went to the 'Tapas' restaurant about 50 metres away.

20.30 JT - Went to dinner at the, "Tapas," restaurant leaving ROB with the children. When she arrived at the restaurant, several adult members of the group were already there, without children, who were, in theory, asleep.

20.30 ROB - His partner (Jane Tanner) left to go to the Tapas.

20.45 ROB - He went to the Tapas. When he arrived at the restaurant, nearly all the adults were present, without children, with the exception of David, Fiona and Dianne. They arrived more or less 5 minutes later.

20.45 FP - went out accompanied by her mother and husband to join rest of group at the Tapas restaurant.

20.55 DP - He, his wife and his mother-in-law arrived at the restaurant at around 20.55pm. According to what he remembers, when they arrived, all the members of the group were present, apart from the children, who were in bed.

20.45 MO - as on all other nights, at around 20.45pm, he and his wife left their daughter asleep in the apartment and went to the "Tapas" restaurant. Kate and Gerry, Madeleine's parents were already at the restaurant, they had arrived at the restaurant five minutes before them. The rest of the adults arrived at the restaurant around five minutes after the interviewee and his wife. That the last to arrive at the restaurant was the couple David and Fiona, who arrived at the restaurant at around 21.00.

20.45 RO - at around 20.45pm, like every evening, they joined the rest of the group to eat at the "tapas" restaurant. After arriving her husband Matthew went to look for David Payne and Fiona Payne.

20.45 DW - They left the apartment at around 20.45 and accompanied by her son-in-law and her daughter, they went to join the rest of the group at the "TAPAS" restaurant. The McCann couple were amongst the other friends at dinner.

21.00 JT - Around 21.00, her partner (Russell O'Brien) arrived at the restaurant. He had succeeded in getting Ev** to sleep. Because of the late arrival of David Payne, Fiona Payne and Dianne Webster, the meal booked for 8.30pm, did not start until 21.00, when the Payne family arrived.

21.00 RO - The Paynes arrived two or three minutes after Matthew. He had been to check the children's bedrooms, his own apartment where his daughter was sleeping but also that of the twins and Madeleine. He listened at both closed shutters and didn't hear any noise. He also checked to see if there was any noise in Russell O'Brien and Jane Tanner's apartment. He said that he hadn't heard any noise.

21.00 ROB - At around 9pm, they had all ordered their meals.

21.00 ROB - Recalls that Matthew Oldfield left the restaurant at shortly after 9pm to check the children.

21.00 KM - Her husband went to apartment to check. Told her he had bumped into tennis partner. At same time ROB went to check his own children without checking theirs.

21.05 ROB - He is no longer sure who went out first, but five minutes later, Gerry McCann and his own partner, Jane, went out, almost at the same time, to check the children. He thinks that Gerry must have gone out first because Jane saw him chatting with a person on holiday at the complex, a certain Jez. He thinks that Jane only checked their apartment, being worried about Ev**.

21.05 MO - That around 21.05, the interviewee went to the area of the apartments. Notably to the area near the windows of all the children's bedrooms. That he did not hear any noise. That he considered that all the children were sleeping. That all the children's bedroom windows were closed, notably the windows that gave access to the fourth apartment, that occupied by Madeleine. That after this check, he returned to the restaurant, saying that all the children were asleep. Gerry then went to the area of the apartments to check for himself if the children were asleep. That Gerry allegedly went into his apartment and that he checked to make sure that Madeleine and the twins were sleeping in their bedroom, where it was quite dark. The bedroom door was half-open. That five minutes later, Gerry came back to the group in the restaurant. In answer to a question from the inspector, the interviewee does not know if Gerry met anyone while he was checking the children. He did not mention it.

21.05 GM - He entered apartment using his key, the door being locked, and went to childrens' room and noted that M and twins were OK. Took several minutes to go to toilet. Left apartment and bumped into someone he played tennis with and had brief conversation. Then returned to Tapas.

21.10 JT - The interviewee recalls that, around 9.10pm, Gerald McCann left the restaurant to go to the apartment to see the children. Five minutes later the interviewee left, in her turn, to go to her own apartment to check on her children. She saw Gerald McCann talking to a British citizen named Jez. They got to know each other during the holiday and played tennis together. She went past them knowing that Gerald McCann had already checked the children in the apartment. After checking on her children, the interviewee went back to the "Tapas." On her way back, Gerald McCann was no longer in the road where she had seen him talking. On her arrival at the restaurant Gerald McCann was with his wife Kate Healy (McCann).

21.15 RO - After placing their orders, at around 21.15, Gerry McCann went to check, only his apartment. He was held up for nearly 10 minutes because, he said, he had been chatting with Jes about tennis. Today there was a tournament which they both had to compete in. During Gerry's absence, the waiters started to bring the food. Jane was also absent to check her apartment. Gerry returned shortly after Jane.

21.25 MO - At around 21.25, the interviewee went into his apartment and Madeleine's apartment to check on the children. He states that the door of the fourth room, that was occupied by Madeleine and the twins, was half-open and that there was enough light in the bedroom for him to see the twins in their cots. That he couldn't see the bed occupied by Madeleine, but as it was all quiet, he deduced that she was sleeping. That the light in question was from an artificial source but not inside the bedroom, rather from outside through the bedroom window. That it seemed to him that the shutters of the bedroom window were open, without knowing if the window was also open. That the door through which he entered the apartment was closed but not locked. That he doesn't know if it is usual for Madeleine's parents to leave the door closed but not locked because that door is visible from the restaurant.

21.25/21.30 ROB - Gerry came and they started to eat the main course.

21.30 MO - As normal, dinner began at 9.30pm.

21.30 KM - It was her turn to check but friend MATT had just checked in his apartment then gone to hers. He had entered through glass door at the side but did not enter the childrens' room; he just looked through door. Did not hear any noise. Returned and said everything fine.

21.30 RO - Between the starters and the main course, at around 21.30, her husband Matthew Oldfield and Russell O'Brien both went to check on the children. Kate was also planning to go and see the children, but they told her it was no trouble, that they would go and check. Kate, therefore, stayed at the restaurant.

21.30/21.35 JT - 15 to 20 after getting back from her check, Matthew Oldfield and her husband, Russell O'Brien, left to go and see the children. As their daughter Ev** wasn't well, and she was crying, Russell stayed in the room. Matthew checked the children then those of Gerald and Kate. According to him, he saw the twins but he did not succeed in seeing Madeleine. But as he did not hear any noise, he thought everything was OK and went back to the restaurant. Matthew informed the interviewee that Russell was staying in the room. After quickly eating the main course, the worried interviewee went to take her husband's place in the apartment so that the latter could eat.

21.30 GM - States that a friend, MATT, (a member of the group) went to his apartment where his own children were, and he went through the interviewee's apartment, going in through a glass door at the side of the building, which was always open. He went into the room. He saw the twins and he checked if Madeleine was OK. Everything was normal, the shutters closed and the bedroom door half-open as usual. Then MATT went back to the restaurant.

21.35 RO - Four or five minutes later (having left around 21.30) the interviewee's husband came back after having checked his apartment. He also checked the one where Madeleine was. He went in through the patio door (the couple Gerry and Kate McCann left this door accessible for everyone during dinner) The said patio door gives access to the apartment's lounge where two doors open into the respective bedrooms. Her husband went into the main room and, "hung about," to listen for any noise from the bedroom where the children were sleeping. He didn't switch any lights on. He could see the twins in their beds. The bedroom door was half-open. It was only later that he realised this was strange. At the time, he gave no importance to the fact. The interviewee's husband came back to the restaurant and said that everything was fine, that he hadn't heard any noise. He also said that Russell O'Brien was staying with his daughter who was crying. They had the main course and Jane went off to replace Russell so that he could come and eat. She does not know exactly when Russell arrived.

21.35/21.40 ROB - At around 9.35/9.40, taking advantage of the lull between two courses he left the restaurant with Matthew to check the children. When he got there, his daughter was crying. He stayed in her bedroom with her. He supposes that Matthew checked his apartment. Matthew returned to the restaurant five minutes after leaving it. JT came to take his place in Ev**'s bedroom around 15 minutes later after finishing dinner.

21.55 ROB - went back to the restaurant where his food had been waiting for 5 or 10 minutes. All the other adults had finished.
The discovery

22.00 KM - went to check. Entered by side door which was closed. Noticed door to childrens' room completely open, window open, shutters raised and curtains open. She was certain of having closed them all as she always did. Twins in their beds but Madeleine had disappeared. Cover pulled back, toys on pillow as usual. Searched whole apartment then went back to restaurant to alert husband. Whole group set about searching for M throughout complex.... all buildings, pool, tennis courts, apartment,etc., as well as in the apartment, with the help of Ocean Club employees, who, at the same time, contacted the authorities.

GM - Kate went to check on the children. She went into the apartment, using her key and saw that the bedroom door was completely open, the window was also open, the shutters raised and the curtains open. The doors were locked except the one at the back as already noted above. Faced with this situation, KATE checked that the twins were in their respective beds, unlike MADELEINE, who had disappeared. After thoroughly searching the apartment, his wife, scared and shocked, went to the restaurant to inform the interviewee of the disappearance. Immediately, the group took themselves around the club and searched across all the facilities, swimming pool, tennis etc., as well as in the apartment, with the help of Ocean Club employees, who, at the same time, contacted the authorities.

FP - During one of the checks Kate came back frightened and very jumpy, panicked even, and she announced that Madeleine had disappeared. Search groups were immediately organised, in the apartment, thinking that she could be hiding there, then outside, without success, even with the help of employees. Then given Kate's state of anxiety, the interviewee decided to stay with her to lend her support. The interviewee had never been in Madeleine's family's apartment.

DP - Towards 10pm, Kate went to her apartment, and less than 5 minutes later, she came back to the restaurant, breaking down, reporting that Madeleine had disappeared. Then everybody went to the apartment occupied by Madeleine's family. He remembers comments concerning the fact that the window and the shutters were open, while they had remained closed throughout the week.

MO - At around 10pm, Kate, Madeleine's mother, went to her apartment to check on her children. She came back totally shocked, shouting, saying that Madeleine was no longer in her bedroom. At that time all the adults were in the restaurant. Then, the whole group went to Madeleine's bedroom and checked that the twins were sleeping OK. That there was no sign of a burglary in the apartment. Only, one window in the children's bedroom was open. The window and the shutters were open.

RO - At around 10pm, Kate McCann went on her own to check her children. She came back to the restaurant in tears and told us that Madeleine had disappeared. We all got up then and went with her to see. The surrounding area was combed after having checked that Madeleine was not hiding in the apartment. The twins carried on sleeping. They didn't move. The interviewee remembers that Kate said the window at the front of the apartment was open, the shutters raised. The couple had never opened the shutters during their stay.

DW - During one of these checks, Kate came back, frightened and nervous, even panicked, saying that Madeleine had disappeared. They immediately organised search parties, in the apartment, thinking that she could be hiding in there, then outside. In spite of help from the Ocean Club's employees, the searches were fruitless.

ROB - At a round 10pm, Kate Healy went out to check her children in her apartment. When she came back, she came towards our table, shouting that Madeleine had disappeared. We all went out, running, and with the help of a few people we decided to search in the area around the apartment blocks. The search proved fruitless.

JT - While she was in the room, around 10/10.15, she heard Kate Healy and Fiona Payne shouting that Madeleine had disappeared. She did not know whether it was Kate who discovered the disappearance because she wasn't at the restaurant at that moment. Every evening was like this, it was normal. In turn they left the table and went to check on the children.

Jane Tanner's sighting

KM - Later JT said that at around 21.15 she had seen a long-haired person with child in arms walking very quickly about 50 metres away 'on the perimeter road of the club'.

GM - It is noted that when one of the members of the group, JANE, went to her apartment to see her children, at around 9.10/9.15, at a distance of about 50 metres, in the road leading to the club, she saw a person carrying a child in pyjamas.

FP - Concerning what Jane said, the latter only said she saw a person with a child in his arms but she didn't know if it was Madeleine.

DP - Does not mention it.

MO - Does not mention it.

RO - Does not mention it.

DW - Does not mention it.

JT - 21.15 on her way to her apartment she spotted a man who was going along at a fair speed with a child in his arms with the child in pyjamas without a blanket, which attracted her attention. The interviewee only saw the man from the side with the child in his arms. She noticed this person exactly at the moment when she walked past Gerald and Jez. That person was coming out of the path at the end of the apartment block where they are staying. The man quickly crossed the intersection. The entrance to the building where the apartments are is the exact place where she saw the man. After checking on her children, the interviewee went back to the "tapas."
How they all described Madeleine

KM - Concerning Madeleine, she is Caucasian, white, aged four years (12/05/2003) about 90cm tall. Very slim, dark blond hair; shoulder-length. Left eye blue-green same as the right, which has a brown spot. She has a small brown spot on the skin of her left leg as well as sunburn on her right forearm. She has no scars. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing pyjamas with white bottoms with a floral pattern. The short-sleeved top, mainly pink with a blue-grey pattern bearing the inscription, "EEYORE," an inscription which is also on one of the trouser legs. The pyjamas are "Marks and Spencer" brand. Concerning the child's personality, she is extrovert, very active, talkative, smart and relates to other children with great ease. But she would never go with a stranger.

GM - Concerning Madeleine, she is described as being Caucasian, white, aged 4 (12/05/07) and around 90cm tall. Slender, with shoulder length, straight, dark blond hair. Left eye and right greeny -blue and the right having a spot of brown. She also has a distinctive brown mark on her left leg. She has no scars. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing pyjamas with white floral-patterned trousers and a short-sleeved top, which was mainly pink in colour, with a blue and charcoal design with the inscription, "EEYORE." Concerning the child's personality, she is extrovert, hyper-active, good talker, smart and relates to other children with great ease. She would never go with a stranger.

FP - Knowing Madeleine well, the interviewee describes her as very intelligent, and totally incapable of going with a stranger without screaming or protesting strongly unless she was very tired or asleep.

DP - He describes Madeleine as being a communicative girl, happy, obedient and very well behaved.

MO - That Madeleine is very lively, obedient, communicative and extrovert.

RO - Concerning Madeleine, she is a happy child, good natured and full of energy. She considers it impossible that a stranger could take her without her shouting or crying. She is a smart child who knows right from wrong.

DW - The informant does not know Madeleine well, because she lives a long way from the McCanns, and she cannot say very much about Madeleine's personality. Nevertheless, she reports that Madeleine was calm but active and energetic and well brought up. She is an attractive and a good child.

JT - Madeleine Beth McCann was a sensible child, very loving, very active and fun. She liked to play. She was intelligent and the interviewee does not believe that if a stranger approached her that she would not shout.

Second Interviews: 10 May 2007

Timeline prepared by the 'Tapas Group' and presented to the PJ at the commencement of the second interviews, 10 May 2007


Gerry McCann - 15h20, 10 May 2007
Matthew Oldfield - 16h00, 10 May 2009
Jane Tanner - 16h35, 10 May 2007
Second Interviews: 11 May 2007

Russell O'Brien - 11h20, 11 May 2007
Dianne Webster - 11h30, 11 May 2007
Rachael Mampilly (Oldfield) - 11h30, 11 May 2007
Third Interviews/Murat questions: 15/16 May 2007

Rachael Mampilly (Oldfield) - 17h00, 15 May 2007
Fiona Payne - 12h00, 16 May 2007
Russell O'Brien - 12h30, 16 May 2007

With thanks to Nigel at McCann Files


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