|The McCanns have drawn strength from their
The only official suspect in the hunt for Madeleine
McCann has criticised a Portuguese police description of a man seen
on the night she went missing.
Briton Robert Murat says the details released by detectives were too
vague to rule him out of the investigation.
The man was described as white, 5ft 10ins, medium build with short
Madeleine's father, Gerry, said the sighting of the man "with what
appeared to be a child in his arms" was "significant" to his
Portuguese police said they released the description of the man seen
on the night the four-year-old was taken from the Praia da Luz
apartment in the Algarve, Portugal, in order to eliminate false
Mr Murat said: "It isn't me. But the description is so vague that it
won't put me out of the picture."
"I hope that I will soon be in a position to clear my name."
He denies any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance on the night
of 3 May.
Mr Murat has been questioned by police but has not been charged.
It is understood it was a friend of the McCanns who might have seen
a man carrying Madeleine on the night she disappeared.
It has been suggested pressure may have been brought to bear on the
Portugese authorities to release more information by Chancellor
Gordon Brown after it was revealed he had been in touch with the
Mr Brown had several telephone conversations with Mr McCann,
according to a family spokesman, in which he offered the couple "his
full support" in their efforts to find their daughter.
Mr McCann and his wife Kate have welcomed the release of the
information which came following a meeting with Portuguese police.
Mrs McCann told how she and her husband cannot now bear to be parted
from their two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie at night now and
sleep with them in their bed.
Mrs McCann said: "They help us to get through this. We are a strong
family and they were so close to Madeleine, only 20 months apart."
Mrs McCann, 38, described how the couple had struggled to have
children and had waited five years for a baby.
When Madeleine arrived she was "absolutely everything" to them, she
Describing the "terrifying" moment Madeleine had been taken, she
said: "You just don't expect in a million years that this could
But Mr McCann said he still "truly believed" his daughter was alive.
"If she was dead I think the search was so extensive they would have
found something," he said.
"The worst feeling is the complete helplessness."
The couple now intend to set off on a European tour to raise the
profile of their hunt for their daughter.
Before they leave
though a child psychologist will help the couple tell the twins that
Madeleine is not on holiday.
The Prince of
and Duchess of Cornwall also said on Saturday they had been
following the case "closely and with deep concern" and "fervently
hoped" Madeleine would be reunited with her family.
A Clarence House statement said: "Their Royal Highnesses' thoughts
and prayers will remain with Mr and Doctor McCann at this very
Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, was abducted from her bed
in the Algarve resort
as her parents ate dinner at a nearby tapas restaurant.