• NEW: Police focus on villa where they think girl may have been taken
• Parents of missing British girl tell press conference they believe she is
• 4-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from Portuguese resort 11 days ago
• 2.6 million-pound ($5.14 million) reward fund set up for Madeleine's safe
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Police searching for a 4-year-old British girl who
disappeared 11 days ago in southern Portugal sealed off a villa Monday near
where she is believed to have been abducted, according to news reports.
Detectives were questioning three people in Portimao, the nearest large town to
Praia da Luz, Portugal's national news agency Lusa reported, citing unnamed
British broadcaster Sky News said one of the men who was reportedly being
questioned lived at the villa with his British mother.
The man's father was Portuguese, the report said. The man had worked as a
translator with police investigating the disappearance, according to Sky News.
Police began their search of the villa shortly after dawn after obtaining a
search warrant, Portuguese public television Radiotelevisao Portuguesa
The villa is about 109 yards (100 meters) from the Ocean Club holiday village
where Madeleine McCann was apparently taken from her hotel room May 2.
Lusa cited unidentified police sources saying they were investigating
Madeleine McCann vanished after her parents left her, and her brother and
sister, both aged 2, alone while they went to a nearby restaurant within their
hotel complex at Praia da Luz, a vacation resort in Portugal's Algarve region.
Last week, police called off their ground search.
Earlier Monday, her father said they were considering how best to use
expressions of support, including financial help, in the search for their
"There have been multiple offers of different forms of help, including
financial pledges by people wishing to help Madeleine," Gerry McCann, the
father, told reporters outside their hotel.
"We have brought in our lawyers to help us decide how best to use these
offers of support to help us find Madeleine," he said in comments
broadcast on Portuguese television.
British media have said that promised contributions total some 2.6 million
pounds (euro 3.8 million, $5.1 million dollars), including reported donations
from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, tycoon Sir Richard Branson and American
Idol judge Simon Cowell.
Also, celebrities including soccer star David Beckham have made public appeals
for help in finding Madeleine.
Gerry McCann said he and his wife, Kate, had taken strength from the
"spiritual outpouring" around the world.
Asked how long they would stay in Portugal, Kate McCann said, "I
can't even consider going home at the moment, absolutely can't even let it
enter my head."